How to Set Your Physical Therapy Goals

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Aug 01

Trying to figure out how to set your physical therapy goals? Getting physical therapy services is a fundamental element to recover from surgery or injury. However, to succeed in physical therapy, it will help to set some goals and work hard to achieve them.

How To Set Your Physical Therapy Goals

Once you start physical therapy, you should be aware of what you’re aiming to achieve after completion of the program. Each individual has personalized goals which he/she should accomplish. Your physical therapist at Above & Beyond Physical Therapy will guide you along the way.

When setting your goals, you should classify short-term as well as long-term goals which you should achieve after completion of the therapy program.

In order to achieve long-term goals, make sure you set several short-term goals which will act as a stepping stone. These short-term goals will make it simple to achieve long-term goals since you’ll be used to what you’re targeting as a long-term goal. For example, if your long-term goal is to walk for 100 meters without supporting devices, you can set two short goals such as walking 100 meters with certain assistance devices and finally go it without any supporting device.

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Once you’ve set your physical therapy goals, it’s advisable to meet your therapist and discuss together the goals you’ve set to find out if they’re achievable and if not, the therapist can advise you otherwise.

He or she will go through your goals together with you and you’ll come up with a concrete solution.

Time Frame For Your Goals

After your goals have been approved by your therapist, he/she will have to help you come up with the right time frame to achieve the goals. This will really matter with your progress in the program.

In some instances, you may fail to achieve your set goals within the set time. In this instance, your therapist will have to help you revise your goals or come up with more attainable goals.

Make sure you constantly get in touch with your therapist so as to successfully complete rehabilitation program at the same time achieve your set goals.

In any rehab program in order to triumph, you should set goals at the beginning. These goals are your success roadmap in the physical therapy program after illness as well as injury.

To find the right physical therapist and get started in setting your health and wellness goals for rehabilitation, contact us today.


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