How Many Physiotherapy Sessions Will I Need?
A common question that we are asked by our clients is, “how many sessions should I expect?” It is natural to wonder what you are in store for when it comes to your health and treatment, but unfortunately, there is no quick answer. When it comes to physiotherapy, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to get an idea about how often and for how long you will need to undergo physiotherapy treatment.
At your first visit, we will need to have a consultation. You have likely been referred to us by your physician based on symptoms or an injury that you have undergone. Your physician will recommend physiotherapy as a means of helping to cure or relieve your injury or condition.
When you first come in, we will go over your medical history, including any injuries that you have been suffering, how long you have been experiencing symptoms, and what your ultimate goal for physiotherapy is. From there, we will be able to build a treatment plan to help you reach that goal. It is at this time that you will be able to better confirm the number of visits that you should have.
A huge consideration is what structure or tissue is affected and needs treatment. Bone, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons all require different types of treatment. Some people need to have surgery performed prior to the physiotherapy treatments or have experienced a fracture that will need to be dealt with well. The area affected can increase or reduce the number of sessions that you need to go to for treatment.
Treatment sessions can involve many different forms of treatment. Some common treatments include:
- Massage therapy
- Joint mobilization
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Manual therapy
- TMJ treatment
- Shockwave therapy
- Active rehabilitation
The type of treatment that you need will be specific to you and your situation. Your treatment plan is likely to include a combination of the treatment types. The length of a treatment session can also vary, depending on your needs and can only be determined by our Calgary physiotherapist.
The Number of Sessions
With a better understanding of the variety of treatments, you can see that it might be hard to give out a solid number without having more information first. It is unlikely that your condition will be fixed with a single visit.
Some patients need to have visits several times a week over the course of several weeks in order to achieve their physiotherapy goals. There are some instances where a patient really only needs education and guidance, meaning that he or she will not require additional sessions.
One factor when it comes to figuring out the right amount of sessions is how acute the problem is. Acute injuries or situations could possibly require inflammation reduction, scar reduction, and pain reduction. The goal, in this case, is to help the injured area heal as well as possible. You will also need to work on what you will need to do to prevent a recurrence of the situation in the future, including prevention methods.
Long-term conditions need to address the source of discomfort or pain. These sessions can include joint mobilization, posture work, muscle strengthening and stretching, and work with your movement patterns. Since chronic conditions have likely affected you for a long time, they are likely to need more sessions to reach your goals. Any damage that might have been done needs to be undone first.
You will also need to keep up with your homework that will be prescribed for you to do in between sessions. This will help you reach your goal much more effectively and quickly. Without doing your part in between sessions, you might need an extension on the number of sessions that you really need.
Ultimately, you need to schedule a consultation with us to get a better idea of the number of sessions that you will need to help alleviate your condition. Looking at your history and present situation will allow us to create an appropriate treatment plan to help you reach your physiotherapy goals.