How to Avoid Discouragement During Physical Therapy

Jogging womanWhen you undergo a surgery or are involved in a serious accident, an intense physical therapy plan is often prescribed as part of the recovery process. Often, however, patients’ get discouraged with the slow progress they seem to be making and fail to complete their physical therapy. It’s important to expect many highs and lows over the course of your rehabilitation. Just because progress seems slow doesn’t mean your body isn’t healing. Sometimes it takes a long time for benefits to be noticeable. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to quicken your rehabilitation and avoid discouragement. Take a look at some of these traps below:


Depending on which area of the body the injury or surgery has occurred, the rehabilitation plans can be limited. There are only so many ways to stretch out an ankle or run on a treadmill. Orthopedic Physical Therapy offers diverse physical therapy in NH to help patients avoid falling into doldrums associated with repetitive exercises. By developing a plan that involves a variety of resistance, strength building, and recovery, we help patients avoid the trap of monotony and find success.


In order to get results, patients must work hard which can result in soreness in the affected area and complimentary muscle groups. While it’s important to set high goals, we encourage our patients to listen closely to their body’s limits. Increased soreness can not only tempt a patient to quit the program, it can be a sign of damage to body areas that are overcompensating. Talk with your physical therapist about any soreness you might be having. There are a variety of things we can do to make your rehabilitation more comfortable such as reducing the intensity, massages, electro-stimulation, and other techniques that relax and repair the muscles.

Therapist Issues

In order to benefit from your physical therapy you must be able to trust the therapist. At Orthopedic Physical Therapy, you get the same therapist every time. Your therapist will be able to monitor your progress closely and recommend changes to your program as needed. You will also develop a report with your therapist; they won’t push you too far and will strive to carefully explain your exercises.

We want you to get the most out of your physical therapy and return to normal as quickly as possible. To that end, we are always improving our techniques and customer service. Don’t forget we offer convenient appointment slots including: early morning, over lunch, and evening sessions. Furthermore, OPT works with a number of health care providers and all major insurance companies to keep your care affordable. If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment contact the offices at (603) 881-5554 or visit