Follow Up Visits
At Grace Physical Therapy & Pelvic Health in North Carolina, we consider patient education and communication essential to the healing process. You will find that, from your first visit, the more you are willing to discuss and learn, the faster you will see results.
This interaction doesn’t end with your first visit. In fact, it’s important that the lines of communication remain open during the whole treatment process. Chances are you will have new questions later on during follow-up visits or about your home exercise program.
Part of your follow-up visits with your doctor will be spent addressing these questions, as well as easing any concerns you might have. Communicating with your doctor not only helps you, but it also helps her understand how your body is responding to treatment and whether things need to be adjusted to provide you with the best care possible.
Treatment and Therapies
Changes to your treatment plan will be made as the treatment progresses and your symptoms improve. During each follow-up visit, your doctor will spend some time evaluating those changes and deciding how well your current treatment plan is working. At that time, she might ask you additional questions or suggest new at-home strategies. If changes are needed, you will have a chance to discuss them and ask questions. This is part of the ongoing patient education commitment you get from the team at Grace Physical Therapy, and it will help you learn more about your body and how to address the issues affecting it.
During each follow-up visit, you may receive education on lifestyle changes that can improve your symptoms, postural adjustments, or exercise instruction. Depending on your treatment needs, you may also receive manual therapy such as adjustment of your pelvis, hips or SI joint/tailbone, or internal treatment of the pelvic floor.
Your doctor might also add biofeedback to your follow-up visits. Biofeedback is a treatment option in which sensors are used to receive feedback (information) about how your muscles are working. For example, you might be asked to concentrate on a certain muscle to try and help that muscle relax. As the muscle tension eases, you will be able to see for yourself the change on the biofeedback read-out. Similarly, patients who are working on pelvic floor muscle strengthening or coordination can get a visualization of what their muscles are doing with biofeedback. It helps make the mind-body connection, and it is very motivating when you see improvement between treatment sessions!
Once you understand the effect of the mind on the body, you can then use this technique at home to ease tension and reduce pain or to ensure good recruitment of the proper muscles when you work on strengthening them.