A typical physician prescription or referral to physical therapy is for a frequency of 2 to 3 times per week. While each individual frequency will vary due to diagnosis and extent of injury or disorder, you can usually count on being asked to attend therapy at this consistency.
When you have just undergone surgery or sustained an injury, you may be thinking that 2 to 3 visits to physical therapy per week is too much. The reality is that when there is an injury, surgery or disease/disorder causing malfunction within the musculoskeletal system, two to three sessions of therapeutic exercise and activity, including stretching and strengthening, has proven to be most effective in restoring range of motion and strength.
While you may feel that you are able to do the exercises and activities you complete during your treatment session independently, therefore reducing your frequency to therapy, it is important to understand how your therapist’s knowledge, expertise and direction in the treatment of movement related disorders can affect your recovery rate. Patients that are less compliant with regular therapy attendance demonstrate an overall slower rehabilitation, thus prolonging their return to activity.
At the initial evaluation your therapist will work with you in determining a frequency that complies with your physician’s prescription and takes into account your level of impairment in order to help you make the quickest recovery possible.
At Hohman Rehab, we strive to get all of our patients better and more independent as quickly as possible. So with each patient’s consistent carryover with their home exercise program, we are able to help most patients in as little as 6 visits!