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Why Might You Not Be Getting Better with Physiotherapy?


Many people wonder why they are not getting better with physiotherapy. If you’ve been through several sessions and still feel like you’re not making progress, you’re not alone. There are several reasons why this might be happening:


  1. Diagnosis and Evaluation: Sometimes, the issue might be with the initial diagnosis or evaluation. If the problem wasn’t identified correctly, the treatment plan might not be effective.
  2. Severity of the Condition: Your condition might be more severe than initially thought. For example, if the pain is very intense or if there’s a significant injury, it might take longer to see improvement, and you might feel you’re not getting better as quickly as you’d like.
  3. Treatment Methods: The type and amount of treatment you receive can also affect your recovery. If the exercises are too hard or too easy, or if they’re not done correctly, they might not be as effective, and you might end up not getting better.
  4. Consistency and Compliance: One of the most common reasons people are not getting better is that they don’t complete the full course of physiotherapy. Recovery often requires several months of consistent rehab, education, and exercises.


It’s common for people to stop physiotherapy once their pain decreases to a manageable level, sometimes after just one or two weeks. However, continuing with the treatment for a bit longer can help prevent the pain from coming back.


At the Movement Mill, we educate our patients on the importance of following through with their treatment plan. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, get back to gardening, or manage a full week of work without pain.


We understand that life, costs, and time constraints can make it challenging to stick with your physiotherapy plan. But like any medical treatment, it’s important to complete the full course for the best results. So, if you’re not getting better, ask yourself:

  • How many sessions did I attend?
  • Did I follow through with the exercises at home?
  • Did I give it enough time—several weeks at least?
  • Did I notice any improvement, or did it stay the same?


Often, progress is about staying committed and trusting the process. If you have any concerns talk to your physiotherapist about adjusting your treatment plan to better suit your needs.


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