PT Time With Mark Slaughter
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” –George Harrison
As a patient, it is your right and obligation to know and learn as much as you can about your pain complaint. Your health care provider should use words you understand, pictures if necessary, and whatever else it takes to help you understand your particular complaint. Only by you, the patient, understanding what is causing your complaint, can you develop a better understanding of how to manage that complaint.
A patient’s complaint should first be managed by controlling pain, then restoring ROM (range of motion), correcting faulty movement patterns and then strengthening the appropriate body parts. It is at this time that the goal shifts to teaching you how to maintain your health and help prevent future episodes of the same problem.
Last but not least, make sure what your health care provider tells you makes sense to you. A person knows his or her own body better than anyone else. Listen to what it tells you. You know more about yourself than you might think. It takes two, the patient and health care provider, to help you get better. Help your health care provider by giving feedback as to the effectiveness of your treatment.
Remember, it is your body; you have a right to know, understand, and help in your care.