Patient Education

When we injured ourselves as youngsters, unless the injury was very serious, we likely did not have to do a thing to assist in the recovery process. This contrasts with how our bodies respond to injury as we get older, where even minor injuries can cause lingering pain and loss of function for months or years.

There are a multitude of reasons why people have long-lasting or recurrent pain that actually have nothing to do with the severity of the injury, or the intensity of the pain. For instance:

  • Poor postural habits
  • Lack of activity
  • Disregarding pain and fatigue signals
  • Fear of re-injury
  • Frequent re-injury due to sport or work duties
  • And many more…

Unfortunately, many of the above issues are not on a patient’s radar. They often think that they have no control over their pain, but nothing could be further from the truth. They forget that the body is a healing machine, and given the appropriate attention can recover from most any insult. The job of the therapist then is not to heal the injury, but to work with the patient to remove the barriers to healing.

At Essential Physical Therapy in Eugene, Oregon, the therapists know the value of patient education. You will learn many important strategies and perspectives which are often the key to a full recovery:

You will learn:

  • Strategies to ease your own pain
  • Perspectives on why your condition is taking so long to resolve
  • How to build up your body to prevent the return of your condition

In the end, healing is really a team effort. Remember, you’re only in the clinic for an hour or two each week. The rest of the time, you will need to be tending to your own healing.

That’s why when patients reach out to shake my hand to thank me for helping them resolve an old injury, or can finally return to an activity that they thought they’d never do again, I always smile and say, “I couldn’t have done it without you.”

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