So, what type of education do most people want and need? We have some information on this from a 2019 study by Chou et al published in the Journal of Physiotherapy in regard to back pain. In general, people want clear, consistent, and personalized information on prognosis, treatment options, and self management strategies. Specifically for back pain, this education might include information about:
These principles and topics for low back pain can also be applied to other areas of the body i.e. knee pain, foot/heel pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, arthritis pain, and for people doing a variety of activities (running, lifting, CrossFit, cycling, gardening/yard work, walking, and general household activities).
In most cases, when a person is provided the right education for their problem, it decreases worry, improves their outlook on recovery, gives them more control over their condition, and eventually allows them to gradually begin getting back to many of the things they have been avoiding.
This is not always easy. It requires that the information be specific to each patient I work with and takes time to understand their condition and how it is affecting them. This is why I set my clinic up the way I did-so I have the time I need to spend with people to listen to them, understand their problem, and provide the information that they need to move forward. This is not the case at many other physical therapy clinics and health systems.
If you have questions about your problem, I would be happy to take some time to talk with you. Feel free to reach out.
Thanks for reading,