Waiting To Start Physical Therapy?

Transtheoretical Model Of Behavior Change

Starting physical therapy can be a daunting task, but with a better understanding of the stages of change, you can make the process smoother. The stages of change were first introduced by psychologist James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente and include: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.

  1. Pre-contemplation: In this stage, individuals are not yet aware of the need to start physical therapy. They may not see the problem or understand the impact it has on their physical health.
  2. Contemplation: In this stage, individuals begin to consider physical therapy and weigh the pros and cons. They start to see the issue but may not be ready to take action.
  3. Preparation: In this stage, individuals make the decision to start physical therapy and start to take small steps towards their goal. They may research physical therapy local options, speak with their physician on referrals, make an appointment with a therapist, and gather any necessary resources.
  4. Action: In this stage, individuals actively participate in physical therapy. This is when they start to see real progress and make positive changes in their physical health.
  5. Maintenance: In this stage, individuals work to maintain the changes they have made through physical therapy. They may continue to attend therapy sessions, follow their therapist’s recommended exercises, and make lifestyle changes to support their physical health.

So, what are some ways that you can get started sooner?


Before Starting Physical Therapy

  1. Start small: Taking the first step towards physical therapy can be overwhelming, so starting small can help you build momentum and feel more successful. Asking for a complementary visit or screening may help you make the decision.
  2. Identify triggers: Understanding the things that trigger physical pain or discomfort can help you make a plan to avoid them. Communicate with therapy team so they can understand you better.
  3. Find a support system: Having people to support and encourage you can make a big difference. Find friends, family, or a support group to help you stay on track.
  4. Find a strong purpose: Having a “why” or strong purpose behind your efforts will give you more reason to stay on track. This is fuel to the fire which can also help when you’re feeling uncertain or running into barriers.

In conclusion, by understanding the stages of change, you can make starting physical therapy a smoother process. By starting small, identifying triggers, finding a support system, and celebrating your successes, you can start physical therapy sooner and make positive changes in your physical health. Remember, change is a process, and it’s okay to take your time. Just keep moving forward, and you’ll get there!

For any questions on this post or inquiries about our services, email Info@pushthroughperformance.com.

About the author: Dr. James Babana is the owner of Push Through Performance which is a physical therapy and recovery clinic located in Troon North of Scottsdale, Arizona.



  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2022/05/23/the-stages-of-change-and-how-to-get-started-to-make-a-lasting-impact/?sh=5b154cf81ef8

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