As a physical therapist we often get asked “what is the best exercise for (insert painful or weak body part here)?” Unfortunately my answer is almost always the same, “it depends.” In physical therapy we prescribe exercises for countless reasons and to address a number of deficits and activities. Each exercise we choose has a purpose for each individual patient. Each patient presents to physical therapy with different needs and a different story. Each patient has his/her own pains, weaknesses, and strengths.
As physical therapists it is our job to carefully determine what are the best exercises for YOU. What are YOUR weaknesses? What tasks do YOU need to be able to perform? What do YOU like to do? What is most difficult for YOU and how can we address those things? There may not be a “best exercise” for any particular body part but there are certainly “best exercises” for YOUR specific deficits. Find a physical therapist that will listen to your story and address your specific needs and deficits so that you can return to the activities you want or need to do.
Calling for an evaluation is the first step in recovery through a personalized treatment plan.