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Most people think of in-home physical therapy as a service for elderly adults or others who cannot drive to a physical therapy office. However, this service is often available as an option even for those who are capable of driving. If you're recovering from an injury or an orthopedic surgery and your doctors have given you the option of in-home PT, here are some benefits of this approach.
You save time.
Even if you can drive to physical therapy, it takes you time to do so. On the other hand, if you have the physical therapist come to you, then you have more of your own time to spend on other chores, activities, or even work. Eliminating a 15 or 20-minute drive to the physical therapist's office will save you countless hours over the time you're in physical therapy. (You save gas money, too!)
You can relax a bit more.
If you're like most people, you always feel at least a little anxious when in a healthcare setting. A PT office may not be as anxiety-inducing as a hospital, but it's still a clinical place that can make you feel on-edge. Stress and anxiety are not good for you, especially when you are trying to heal. You'll be more relaxed in your own home, which will allow you to better understand what your physical therapist is saying, and perhaps even enjoy yourself a little.
Your physical therapist can help you apply your exercises to your home setting.
When your sessions take place in your own home, your physical therapist can focus more on preparing you to do tasks in your own home. For instance, if you had a hip replacement and need to re-learn how to use stairs, they can help you learn to navigate your own set of stairs. If you had elbow surgery, they can help you re-learn how to open your own cabinets. This is more beneficial than practicing in the "artificial" environment of a PT office.
Your therapist will be focusing solely on you.
When you visit a physical therapist, their attention is often divided between you, another patient or two, their reception staff, and other obligations. When they are at your home, on the other hand, you get their undivided attention. You will likely find you get more out of your treatments at home for this reason.
There are a lot of advantages to at-home PT, even if you are capable of driving to an office for treatment. Once you have an appointment or two, you'll understand first-hand!