The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics is redefining the way musculoskeletal care is delivered across the region with locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
After attending your first Physical Therapy appointment you should receive an individualized home exercise program (HEP) as part of your plan of care. This will include a series of exercises that you should perform ranging from daily to several times a week. HEPs are important tools used to help improve your level of function and reach your goals. It can include exercises to increase strength, improve mobility, and contribute to functional and therapeutic gains. Don’t be afraid to ask why you are doing a certain exercise. Let us know if you have any issues with your program to ensure the exercises are performed correctly. Research has shown that patients who do not find success with physical therapy are usually the ones who lack the consistency and commitment to their HEP. Patient non-adherence to their prescribed programs vary according to the research ranging from 50-65% from musculoskeletal conditions to as high as 50-70% from lower back pain.1-2 In a study of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee, the patients who were more active and stuck to their HEP had lower pain levels, higher physical function, and better self-perceived improvement.
Getting better is a collaborative effort. We can do our part and provide the tools to guide you toward recovery but without your help and compliance to the plan a successful outcome may be out of range.