(Or at least 5 of the most common reasons...)
Your Provider Spent More Time on Their Laptop
Your Exercises Were Never Progressed Sufficiently
Your Conditioning Was Never Taken into Consideration
Your Goals Are Active But Your Therapy Was Not
Your Programming Was Not Individualized
Does this sound like the type of PT you’ve had in the past? If so, I’m sorry to say you didn’t get the care you deserved. We’ve heard these stories time and time again, and it frustrates me to no end. Do some research and make sure you choose a PT clinic that has your best interest in mind.
When choosing a PT clinic, or an individual physical therapist, you should consider a few things:
Does the clinic have the equipment needed to get you back to your high level activity?
Does our therapist understand or participate in your sport?
Are you being constantly challenged in a program built specifically for you and your goals?
Is there open communication between you and your PT?
If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be time to seek out an expert to work with you and help you achieve your goals!
P.S. Honorable mentions for reasons why PT may not have worked for you: did your PT ever have a conversation with you about what your life is like outside of the PT clinic? Are you managing your stress well? Are you hydrated? Are you eating well? Are you sleeping? These are all very important questions to ask yourself, and are the lowest hanging fruit in terms of recovering from an injury. Address these things first, and then worry about how to improve your mobility & strength.