How Long Does Physical Therapy Usually Take?

How long will my physical therapy take? That’s a common question new patients usually have when they come to Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy for help with recovering from an injury or chronic pain condition. And we understand. There are plenty of things you want to do with your day and lots of responsibilities you have, so you’re probably not wanting to spend months trying to fit in regular physical therapy sessions on top of everything else on your plate.

That’s one reason here at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy we’ve tried to make physical therapy as convenient as possible, with locations throughout North Jersey including Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn, and Closter, New Jersey and flexible appointments available on both evenings and weekends.

Convenience makes a difference, but you probably also want to have a good understanding of how long you’ll be going to physical therapy. Having a realistic expectation of the duration of your physical therapy will give more motivation to see it through and keep up with any “homework” assignments you’re given. Physical therapy can have life-changing benefits and is designed to be completed in a set period of time, so it’s worth serious consideration if you have an injury or persistent pain condition that’s interfering with life.

How Long is the Average Person in Physical Therapy

Did you know the average person will see a physical therapist about a dozen times? These sessions can be spread out over a series of weeks or several months. In more serious situations, some patients will need about six months of therapy, but that’s only for extensive injuries and conditions. As you can see, choosing physical therapy is not a long-term commitment, in fact in most patients complete therapy is a matter of months.

When Will I Start Seeing Results from Physical Therapy?

It’s important to understand that everyone’s body is different, so how one person heals and responds to physical therapy may be different from someone else’s experience. That being said, there are some averages that patients can use as a gauge to benchmark when you’ll start seeing results and pain relief.

Some of the factors that can change the length of time needed for physical therapy to have an impact include the extent of the injury, the age of the injury or condition, the area of the body affected and your effort and dedication to the work of physical therapy. For instance, muscle and tendon injuries are the quickest to respond to physical therapy, with healing occurring within a month of treatment. Ligament conditions will take longer and cartilage issues often take longer to see improvements. These may require up to three months for improvements to occur.

How Long Is a Physical Therapy Session?

As you can see, physical therapy is a short-term solution to pain, injuries and many chronic conditions, which doesn’t need to become a constant part of your life. But you might also be wondering for the weeks or months you’ll be attending therapy, how long will the physical therapy sessions last?

Most physical therapy sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour. Some may go a bit longer if your therapist is attempting to help you with more complex issues, however, you can expect a session to never go beyond 90 minutes. Which is great news when you think about it because physical therapy can require just the same commitment as going to the gym. Fit it in on a midday lunch break or before dinner. There are plenty of ways to make these short sessions a temporary part of your life.

Initially, you should plan on attending physical therapy sessions several times a week. This concentration of sessions will help you to build up your stamina and prevent regression of progress. As your condition improves, sessions can begin to be spread out more to once a week.

How Long Does A Person Go To Physical Therapy For Chronic Pain?

There are many conditions that benefit from physical therapy: sports injuries, cancer, fibromyalgia, stroke recovery, age-related balance and mobility issues. However, one common cause is chronic pain, including back and neck pain. For chronic pain, physical therapy can help by strengthening the muscles surrounding a problem area, increasing mobility and flexibility, while also helping to release the tension that often accompanies chronic pain. When combined with chiropractic therapy, physical therapy for chronic pain can be even more effective. You should begin seeing improvement in your condition in a matter of two to three months for chronic pain conditions. However, again, everyone’s condition is unique and there are many variables that can shorten or lengthen your physical therapy duration.

How to Finish Physical Therapy Faster

Physical therapy is like working out. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out. And your commitment can play a major role in how quickly results are achieved. There are several ways you can accelerate your physical therapy, including always doing the recommended homework (the exercises your therapist assigns to you), maintaining good appointment attendance, and providing your therapist with feedback. At first you may experience sore muscles from the work you are doing, but don’t let that throw you off course to your goals. Physical therapy has proven benefits and you can achieve them with the right level of commitment, motivation, and dedication.

Find Compassionate and Convenient Physical Therapy in North Jersey

If you live in the North Jersey area and think you could benefit from physical therapy, reach out to Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy. We’re experts in chronic pain conditions and help patients by providing the highest level of care, in a welcoming, understanding environment. Don’t put off pain-free living any longer! See how physical therapy can help improve your condition. With four convenient locations in Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn, and Closter, New Jersey, we’re here to help you get your life back on track!