*Names have been changed according to HIPPA policies
Lori came to physical therapy because she was having pain while she sat in her recliner. During her initial evaluation, Mike discussed the home program and Lori stated she really had no intention of completing any exercises outside of physical therapy appointments. She attended all her appointments and true to her word, did not complete her home program as prescribed. Her main goals were to be able to sit in her recliner without pain, which was not attained at her reevaluation appointment. Despondent over her lack of progress, Lori discharged herself from therapy.
We have discussed the home program in previous Turning Point Stories. In years past, patients attended physical therapy an hour a day, 5 days per week. Due to changes in insurance coverages over the years, patients can only attend physical therapy up to 3 times a week with limits in total number of visits in a calendar year. Medicare limits the dollar amount of annual physical therapy. Due to these limitations, we rely on you, the patient, to complete the physical exercises prescribed for the home program so we can perform other therapies in clinic that cannot be accomplished at home: Laser, hands-on techniques, traction, and biofeedback.
As always, if you have any questions regarding your therapy, or your home program, please ask Mike, Chip, or Sharon.