When you should consider seeking a new physical therapist

Physical therapy is a long process and results aren’t usually seen overnight. The utilization of physical therapy can bring positive results but the relationship with your physical therapist is vital to the process of recovery. Just because your physical therapist is a professional, accredited, and has experience, it doesn’t mean they are the right fit for you and your ailment. Listed below are some telltale signs your physical therapist may not be the right fit for you.

They don’t listen to you– Physical Therapists have spent years learning and perfecting their craft, using methods and skills to use for treatment. However, not every method will work for you. If this is the case, be vocal and let your physical therapist know. If they are unwilling to alter your treatment plan to best suit your needs, you may want to consider seeking help elsewhere.

Exclusion from treatment plan and goals– You should be aware of the treatment plan and goals of your recovery. Treatment plans and goals should be presented early and your physical therapist should be including you, listening to your feedback or possible concerns. As mentioned earlier, not every method works for everyone, so make sure your physical therapist hears and considers your feedback.            

Billing inconsistencies– Pay attention to your billing statements. You should only be billed for services that were performed by your physical therapist. If you notice charges from your EOBs (explanation of benefits) or invoice that do not look familiar, let your physical therapist or the front desk know. If the issue gets resolved but keeps occurring or you do not receive a logical, satisfactory answer, there may be fraud at hand. Don’t pay for services you didn’t receive!

Difficulty seeing your physical therapist– We are all busy, as is your physical therapist. This is understandable. However, if you’re in a treatment plan and dealing with issues that need attention and your physical therapist is constantly booked, it may beneficial to explore another clinic. At a minimum, your physical therapist should be forthright with this issue and perhaps suggest home exercises in the interim.

Unsure how to choose the right physical therapist? Be sure to check out our previous blog, Choosing the Right Physical Therapist for you, for tips.

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