Progress during physical therapy can be measured both objectively and subjectively, depending on the physical therapist's point of view or your own. Ways to track progress can be different for each individual and it is important to be able to take a step back and reflect on your growth from time to time. Tracking your progress can provide both you and your therapist with feedback, promote motivation, and can allow you to set goals for yourself.
Here are 9 ways to measure how you're doing:
1. Do you have less pain?
2. Do you feel like you have more energy?
3. Are you stronger/are you able to lift more?
4. Are you consistent?
5. Are you more flexible/do you have more range of motion?
6. Are you learning?
7. Can you to more repetitions than when you first started?
8. Do you need less assistance with daily activities?
9. Has your quality of life and sleep improved?
Depending on what's important to you may determine how you measure progress. There is no 'right or wrong' way to measure, as long as you have a way to track how you're feeling and performing.
Maggie Hart PT, DPT