Urban Legend: Physical Therapy is always torture

United States
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.
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@Shortail (681)
• Philippines
10 Nov
just ask the PT first if he/she has a problem during that time, LOL.. she might releasing their pain, by doing that massages to you.
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• United States
10 Nov
That's an interesting thing to wonder about!
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@Shortail (681)
• Philippines
10 Nov
@1creekgirl maybe they have a personal problem and, well you know. LOL. they can't just step aside the personal to job. .
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@Corbin5 (81676)
• United States
10 Nov
I have no experience with physical therapy, but your tip regarding how to tell if a therapist should be abandoned could come in handy one of these days.
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• United States
10 Nov
I'm amazed at all the accounts of pain I've heard about.
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@moffittjc (35708)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Nov
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.
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• United States
11 Nov
Same here. Hope you continue to heal.
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@moffittjc (35708)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Nov
@1creekgirl Thanks! I am slowly making progress. I just need to learn that I can't push my body as hard as I used to in my younger days!
@JudyEv (101005)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
My Dad had a lot of pain recovering from a knee replacement. He didn't enjoy the physical therapy at all.
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• United States
11 Nov
I guess therapy's different for everyone. Hope he's better?
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@JudyEv (101005)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
@1creekgirl This was a long time ago and he has since passed away.
@annierose (17416)
• Philippines
10 Nov
I visited a physical therapist when I was a teenager due to my mild dextroscoliosis. But that time, she just taught me some exercises that I need to do to control my spine.
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• United States
10 Nov
Did they help you?
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@annierose (17416)
• Philippines
10 Nov
@1creekgirl Yes, but my session is very short. They just helped me with the proper way of exercising and then told me to do it always at home.
@FayeHazel (11737)
• United States
10 Nov
I'm happy it's going well for you and I would believe that too - that it's all in the individual that you get. My dad had PT and at the end of the session she would do a mini massage
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• United States
10 Nov
Sounds like he had a very good therapist.
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@FayeHazel (11737)
• United States
10 Nov
@1creekgirl Oh yes, he really enjoyed that bit to look forward to
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• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Nov
Glad it is going good for your Vicki with less pain
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• United States
10 Nov
I appreciate the good words, Tiara!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Nov
@RasmaSandra (13420)
• Riga, Latvia
10 Nov
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.
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• United States
10 Nov
Maybe I gave the wrong impression. My therapist hasn't hurt me at all. So I'm doing really well from the surgery and therapy.
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@RasmaSandra (13420)
• Riga, Latvia
10 Nov
@1creekgirl oh, well that is good to know.
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@andriaperry (33144)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Nov
After a wreck I had to have it on my hand and I found it was uncomfortable but not painful.
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• United States
12 Nov
Did your hand heal ok?
@LoriAMoore (9987)
• United States
10 Nov
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.
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• United States
10 Nov
I'm glad your pt experiences were good.
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@YrNemo (8573)
11 Nov
Let hope I won't need one ever, let pray to God... Amen .
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@Srbageldog (5488)
• United States
11 Nov
I have never had physical therapy. I have always heard horror stories, too.