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What kind of homework/reading do you give patients?

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Donna’s Answer

Patients typically must be very involved in their treatment--they must be convinced of their responsibility in their own health. Most patients will receive a custom-designed home exercise program (HEP) that may include exercises, pain relief techniques or functional activities. Providing websites or pictures of the anatomy of the pts. problem can help their understanding of why you are asking them to do particular activities. It's essential that patients not only know what to do for themselves but why they are doing it.
A physical copy of the home exercise program should be provided to each patient as they cannot be expected to remember exercises. There are many resources available to PT's to develop HEP's for pts, as noted in other answers.
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Mercia’s Answer

I LOVE creating home exercise program using the HEP2Go website, it is quick and easy and usually very helpful for patients as it supplements their plan of care. In terms of reading, if a patient is dealing with chronic pain, I like to recommend some of Adrian Louw's pain science books or videos to help patients gain a better understanding of why they hurt.
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