In this blog, Alyssa shares her insights and tips on physical therapy as a Head and Neck Cancer paitent.
"My tips for anyone seeking a physical therapist are basic.
First, do your research and select the right professional for you! Make sure they are well versed in the field and can effectively help you.
Second, attend your appointments and diligently work on exercises at home to ensure progress.
Third, openly communicate with your team to ensure everyone is on the same page. You want to have a clear understanding of the treatment plan and establish goals. I was fortunate that my team continuously checked in with me. They would call and email in between appointments to see how I was feeling, as well as asked how I felt during in person sessions. This allowed them to make any necessary adjustments to ensure every exercise perfectly addressed my needs and goals.
Fourth, ensure you have supportive, non-skid sneakers and comfortable clothing. You will be moving around quite a bit depending on your treatment plan and you want to make sure to wear the appropriate attire to optimize your sessions.
Fifth, do not get discouraged. Do not give up. Manage your pain and remember the healing process takes time. Stick with the plan and stay focused on the big picture for a healthy, strong and mobile future."
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