Many patients who come to Physical Therapy are dealing with anxiety and/or depression over their injury. But there are also times when emotional pain can be transferred to physical pain. If this were the situation, we as Physical Therapists would refer the patient out to a healthcare provider more suitable in treating the patient’s needs. But usually patients come to Physical Therapy because they are limited in their ability to do what they want or need to do, which can be upsetting. Whether it is an elderly person who is unable to be a caregiver to their spouse because of back pain or a high school athlete recovering from surgery, patients want to know they will be able to get back to doing what they love or need to do. However, rehabilitation is not a quick fix and can be a long journey for some. Patients and Physical Therapists set out many goals from the very first visit. To see these goals get accomplished over the course of their plan of care is rewarding to both parties included. But unfortunately, not every patient heals as expected and/or setbacks occur. As healthcare providers it is our duty to treat the patient as a person and not a body part. Research shows that even if a patient is not making objective progress, if the patient enjoys the Physical Therapy staff they are with, they make subjective progress leading to healthier mindsets. Exercise in general is also a mood-booster, leading to releases of “feel good” hormones. So if you or a loved one is feeling down over an injury, come see us at Jones PT. We as an entire staff strive to make every appointment beneficial and enjoyable on your way to recovery to get back to feeling like you again.
Garrett Dinicola, PT, DPT