Urban Legend: Physical Therapy is always torture
November 10, 2017 11:32am CST
I've had my third PT session and it hasn't been at all the horrible experience I've heard it can be. I was telling my Therapist (and I've had three different ones) how I dreaded it so much because of all the horror stories I've heard. She said that some people tolerate pain better than others and have different issues, but if a therapist is causing severe pain or bringing tears to your eyes, then she's not doing her job right. You need to feel discomfort as you stretch, but not real pain. I know it could possibly get harder as we progress, but I'm not dreading the experience like I did at first. So, the moral of this story is if you get a therapist who causes you unbearable pain, find another therapist! Do you all have experiences with physical therapy you want to share? We all learn from each other.
10 people like this
• Gainesville, Florida
i am undergoing PT right now to rehab a knee injury. I have a wonderful therapist, and my sessions always leave me feeling great! A good therapist will spend the time necessary to determine your pain threshold, and then work from there to build a plan for your situation. I have nothing but good stories from any of my PT sessions.
• Riga, Latvia
Thank heavens I don't. Sorry you had such a terrible experience. When I was a child I could stand pain even dentist kind of pain very well. Now I have a very low threshold of pain. Hope your therapist doesn't cause you any more pain.
• United States
I've had physical therapy for vestibular therapy (brain/vertigo) and then for my leg achilles tendon and it wasn't torture at all. I found it to be fine, nothing I couldn't do at home on my own but going there makes you do the exercises and learn the proper ones to do and how to do them.