10 reasons why PT/chiro fails



Have you tried physical therapy or been to a chiropractor and did not get the results you were looking for?


Here are the 10 reasons why PT and chiropractic care fails.


1. Generic cookie-cutter exercises

It is (unfortunately) a common practice amongst PT and chiro clinics to give the same general exercises to every patient that has similar pain. Have you been given a printed “handout” of exercises and stretches? Does it seem unpersonalized?

You have a unique lifestyle and your home exercise programming should match your specific goals and function. It should NOT be the same for everyone.


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We offer a 30-minute, complimentary Foundation Session for patient who are a good fit for our program. During the Foundation Session, we will take you through our step-by-step assessment. This will tell us if our program is a good fit to help you.


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2. Very little hands-on care from a physical therapist or chiropractor

It is no secret that hands-on care (like body manipulations, deep tissue massage, and joint mobilizations) can provide a tremendous amount of benefits. However, oftentimes, patients get very little attention with hands-on treatment and instead are told to stretch, exercise, or put on modalities the entire time during their treatment sessions. Your provider might not even put their hands on you at all! You deserve better.


3. Using passive modalities (heat/ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound)

Have you experienced going into a clinic and getting set up with some heat and then moved on to some electric stimulation? You have likely laid down, got set up by an assistant, and finally, once you spent about 30 minutes laying down, you only got to spend 5 minutes with your PT or chiro. A quick chat - maybe a quick manipulation. And then you’re gone. Next patient.


Likely you experienced this and left the clinic frustrated because you were still in the same amount of pain as when you came in.


4. Most of the time spent with an assistant

Chances are that you have spent very little time with your actual healthcare provider. You walk into the clinic, you’re put on heat or the bike to “warm-up,” and then the assistant runs through the exercise list (who might not even have any idea or skill about helping you with your exercises technique). The PT checks in with you for a quick second, but not long enough for you to ask questions about your progress, your body, and the plan of care.


5. Lack of consistency with home exercises

The most successful clients are the ones who do their home exercises, consistently. It’s like any sport. You go to practice to work on drills and to get expert coaching. It is outside of practice that you have to train consistently to make progress. No training, no improvement. No improvement, no success.


6. Treatment is based on reimbursement rather than what's best for the patient

Healthcare is a business and a business needs to make money - this is no secret. If you did not know, some forms of treatment reimburse more than others. Unfortunately (and unethically), providers will choose treatments that are more profitable rather than personable for what is best for the patient.


7. Treatments stop once symptoms resolve

Nice! Your symptoms or pain disappeared. At this point, your healthcare provider stopped treatment and you have been discharged. But wait… what’s after treatment? Many times, PTs/chiros will fail to provide an updated exercise list to help you to continue to progress.


8. No long-term plan

What’s next after physical therapy or chiropractic care? How do you prevent your pain from coming back? You need a long-term plan. You likely started treatments because of a certain lifestyle that you were living. Has that changed? Have you incorporated strength training and a proper flexibility routine to make sure symptoms do not come back?


The patients that receive treatment and continue to take their health to the next level by strength training, are much more successful at prevention of further injuries. It’s simple. The stronger you are, the more resilient your body is, the less you will get injured.


9. No objective standards to measure success

If your provider is only asking you how you’re feeling to measure progress and not measuring specific objective standards, then how will you know that you are actually improving? Expert and skilled clinicians will measure not only your own perception of your progress, but they will also calculate other metrics of success.


10. No talk about nutrition

Everyone knows that nutrition plays a vital role in recovery, pain management, and performance. If you neglect proper nutrition and hydration, then that can significantly affect your treatment. Sugar and vegetable oils are inflammatory to our bodies. If your injured, you have inflammation. So if you are trying to feel less pain, it would be in your benefit to stay away from high sugar-filled and fried foods. That means no more funnel cake.


Interested in learning how Village Physical Therapy is different?


We offer a 30-minute, complimentary Foundation Session for patient who are a good fit for our program. During the Foundation Session, we will take you through our step-by-step assessment. This will tell us if our program is a good fit to help you.


Ready to get started? Fill out the form below.



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