Here at Borja Physical Therapy, our world revolves around our patients’ needs! Our experienced and highly trained team is here to make recovery a reachable goal! We specialize in keeping you active. We empower your decision to self-heal the natural way, without relying on pain pills, injections or surgery. So, how long is each session?
How Long Is Each Session?
During your first visit, the therapist will start by asking questions about your injury or condition. They will ask how it happened, what movements cause pain, what activities you’re not able to do, and more. Next, they will ask about your past medical history. They will also look at any imaging reports that you may have. Then they will begin an assessment.
During the assessment, they will take measurements, such as range of motion and muscle strength. They will do testing and get other clinical information related to your injury. Based on this information, the therapist will create a specialized Plan Of Care for your recovery. They will also set goals to achieve throughout your Plan Of Care. The first visit will take around 45 minutes.
Physical therapy focuses on joint alignment and movement patterns. They also look at imbalances and limitations in motion. They work to help restore movement. This involves treating the body as a whole. Typically, they will use stretches, exercises, and hands-on techniques. Their focus is to get people back to doing the things that they love. Each follow-up session lasts around 45-60 minutes.
After your initial evaluation, the therapist will create a home exercise program for you. These exercises are designed to safely strengthen your muscles. All without the risk of making your injury worse. During the first few weeks, the therapist will advise you to only do the home exercise program. This will help the therapist track your condition and the effectiveness of the exercises. It also allows them to identify sources that may be causing pain or preventing your progression.
The primary goal of the home exercise program is to aid your recovery by strengthening specific muscles in a specific order. These exercises should be done on days when you have physical therapy appointments. More importantly, you should do them on the days that you do not have therapy.
Doing your exercises on the days that you don’t have therapy will help you recover quicker. Far beyond just physical therapy alone. They act as a one-two punch in your recovery, so to speak. In fact, you should do your home exercise program even after you’re done with physical therapy. It’s important to prioritize these exercises at least 3 times a week. This will prevent your injury or condition from coming back as a result. As you advance throughout your Plan Of Care, the therapist will add to your home exercise program.
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