We have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a health care provider, including a Physical Therapist. When we have so many choices it can be very difficult to decide what to do, let alone feel confident we are making the best decision. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of people who simply don’t make a decision and continue to suffer with pain for weeks, months and even years. Not only are these people suffering with pain, they struggle to do the activities they need or want to do.
I hear so many stories from patients that “just thought it would get better”. Sometimes it does, but for many the pain continues to be a constant annoyance, or it comes and goes without warning.
Please don't let this be you! Don't suffer any longer!
There is almost always something that can be done in Physical Therapy to significantly reduce or even eliminate your pain. You can also learn how to prevent it from coming back…this is a HUGE BONUS!
Choosing the right Physical Therapist is important and can help ensure you get the best outcome from your treatment, but before we go any further…
First, I’m going to tell you is this…
Regardless of who you choose, the single most important factor in getting the outcome you want from Physical Therapy is YOU!
I’m not discounting the importance of working with a good Physical Therapist for proper treatment and guidance. That is very important!
But nothing is as important as the VALUE you place on your health and your level of COMMITMENT to improving your health. That is what will have the greatest impact on your outcome…more than anything else.
The best way to explain this is to tell you about Kevin and Cindy. I’ve changed the names and a few of the details for privacy purposes, but I hope this will help me explain. They both came to me with back pain, but only one of them had the positive outcome they hoped for from Physical Therapy…despite both having access to the same specialist with the same skills and experience.
Neither one of them were “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”. They simply had different attitudes about their health and valued different things.
Kevin initially hurt his back moving some things around in his garage and suffered with lower back pain on and off for a little over a year prior to coming to our clinic. Each time his pain returned it seemed to be a little worse and it took longer to recover. He occasionally tried rest, ibuprofen and took a break from his workouts until his pain finally resolved, but when his pain returned this time it really set him back. He had to take a few days off work and missed out on a camping trip with his friends.
Kevin arrived (about 10 min late) for his initial evaluation and within a few minutes we discovered what was causing his pain. We discussed the plan to correct the problem and how he could prevent it from returning…again and again! Kevin missed his next appointment. He went on to complete 3 more visits but missed a few sessions between the visits he did attend. He was really busy at work and it was the middle of summer…he often reported he didn’t have time to do the things he was asked to do at home. He simply had other things to do that were more important to him. Again, not right or wrong, this is just where he was at. He admitted his back pain was better than when he started but had not completely resolved. He was “managing”. Kevin cancelled his next appointment due to a conflict with a meeting at work and never rescheduled.
So it’s not that Physical Therapy didn’t work for Kevin, it was working according to the amount of effort he was giving at the time.
Now, let me tell you about Cindy. Cindy hurt her back when she was playing with her grandson on the floor. She was fine until she stood up and felt a sharp pain in her lower back. Much like Kevin, Cindy’s pain eventually got better in time with rest and heat, but it kept coming back and was limiting her ability to work in her garden, take her evening walks with her husband and play with her grandson.
After about 9 months of suffering Cindy found her way to our clinic. She had already been to her physician who told her she didn’t need surgery or injections and that losing some weight might help, but there really wasn’t much more he could do for her. He told her “it’s a normal part of aging”…and she’s only 52! She tried losing weight but found it difficult since she couldn’t walk very far without pain. She wasn’t ready or willing to give up! She wanted more in life! A friend of hers recommended she come see us to see if we could help.
It didn’t take long to figure out what was causing her lower back pain and we established a plan to correct the problem, get her back to her walking program, gardening and enjoying her grandson. Cindy never missed an appointment, she always arrived on time (often she was a few minutes early) and diligently did everything she was asked to do at home. Cindy often commented on how important her health was to her, especially since she had experienced how it felt to have pain limit her ability to live life the way she wanted. She was willing to do whatever she could. She NEVER wanted to feel that way again. Her back pain resolved, and she has gone on to lose 15 pounds. She says she feels better than she has in years!
Cindy did everything she could to get the most out of her investment in Physical Therapy and it paid off. Kevin experienced some positive change, but not quite the result he really wanted.
So, as I said before…YOUR chances of having a positive outcome from ANY Physical Therapist you choose, largely depends on the VALUE you place your health and your WILLINGNESS to fully participate in your treatment by investing the time and money necessary to get the results you want.
With that said, there are a few other key factors to consider when choosing a Physical Therapist, beyond clinic location and hours.
How much time do you need or want with your Physical Therapist?
Do you prefer to see the same Physical Therapist every time?
There are no right or wrong answers to the above questions, but they are important factors in your decision, the experience you expect and the outcome you desire.
At Purely Primal Physical Therapy & Wellness we offer a FREE 20 MINUTE DISCOVERY VISIT that gives you a chance to discover all these things. You get a chance to DISCOVER if you think we can help you with your problem AND we get to decide if we think we can help you.
And if we can’t help…we’ll help you find someone who can!
Plus, you’ll get to meet our staff and experience our clinic. You get all of this BEFORE you commit to a treatment plan.
We’d love to hear from you and would be happy to answer your questions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I read and respond to every email.
Best in Health,
Dr. Julie Krueger
"Helping active adults overcome persistent aches, pains and injuries, so they can get back to the activities they love and improve their health naturally - without pain medication, injections or surgery."
Oregon City, OR
Dr. Julie Krueger