Summer is a time for vacations! A break from our busy schedules and endless tasks to kick back and relax. Taking a vacation during physical therapy treatment, especially this time of year, is not uncommon. Missing several sessions during your plan of care can run the risk of losing some of your hard-earned progress. We encourage all of our patients to talk to their physical therapist and plan ways to stay active throughout their trip. Here are a few general things you can do to maintain your progress.
- Talk to your PT about a Home Exercise Program (HEP). Schedule your exercises at the same time each day and you will be more likely to complete them.
- Make the most of your wait times, like waiting for your flight or getting ready to go out to eat. Take a few minutes throughout the day to incorporate your prescribed stretches and exercises.
- Ask your physical therapist for advice on how to prevent re-injury while you are away from the clinic.
Our team of experts is always here to help. Your physical therapist will develop a plan specific to you and your goals. By sticking to your home exercise plan, and avoiding situations that could increase your pain or injury, you can still have an amazing vacation full of fun.
Even if you haven’t started treatment yet, we can give you ways to keep from reinjuring your body further and proactively schedule treatment for your return. Contact your local Excel Physical Therapy clinic today!