If you have been injured after a fall or from playing sports, physical therapy is often recommended by the doctor to help with recovery. This is especially true if you have undergone any type of surgery. These days, there are more options for how you want to receive your therapy. For example, you it can be performed at a hospital, therapy clinic, or even at home.
A growing number of patients are choosing mobile physical therapy because of the advantages it offers. Here are just a few of the benefits of having the therapy in the comfort of your home or office:
Convenience: The therapist comes to you, so there is no need to get ready and drive to appointments, or trouble your family or friends for a ride.
Flexible Scheduling: The therapist can come to your location at the time that works best for you, rather than having to schedule around the available appointments in the office.
Individualized Care: With mobile physical therapy, care is delivered one-on-one, and the therapist is able to devote his/her full attention to you. This is a sharp contrast from receiving therapy at a clinic, where the therapist is typically balancing multiple appointments at the same time.
Environmental Enhancements: Because the therapist is able to come inside your home or office, he/she is able to evaluate your living space and recommend enhancements (such as removing loose wiring and shifting furnishings around) to make the area safer.
Perhaps the most important reason to consider mobile physical therapy is that it positions the patient to recover in the fastest time possible. When recovering from an injury, it is critical to keep your therapy appointments and keep up on your exercises regularly. A few missed appointments means more than just missing a week or so of therapy. It also makes it more likely you will not continue your exercises because you go so long between appointments.
Worse yet, when you miss appointments, you are unable to progress to new exercises, which might be necessary to keep your recovery on schedule. This all adds up to lost momentum, and the potential to set your recovery back by weeks or even months.
After an injury, it can be very difficult to move around. This makes it easier to cancel appointments at the clinic when you are just not feeling up to going anywhere. With mobile physical therapy, this is no longer an issue. No matter how you feel that day, all you need to do is wait for the therapist to show up and work with you. This significantly reduces the likelihood of missing critical appointments, and greatly enhances the likelihood of a full recovery in a shorter period of time.