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By Isabelle Banin
You walk out of your doctor’s office with a solid plan to reduce your cholesterol and a renewed zest for getting healthy. By the next morning, your best-laid plan goes awry.
In our minds, we know our doctors prescribe us diets, exercise plans and medication to help us get better. In real life, it’s dreadfully difficult for the vast majority of us to change our daily routines—even if our health is at stake. In fact, around 50% of patients with chronic conditions struggle to stick to their treatment plan.
Even small missteps, like doing one less set of physical therapy exercises, can have consequences–your worst symptoms may return and delay your back-to-normal date.
If following every aspect of our treatment plans is really so important, why do we struggle so much?
The answer isn’t simple.
Maybe you have a long, complex treatment plan that feels overwhelming, or feelings of depression and isolation have made you lose hope of improving your condition.
Many people without any specific reason for not following their treatment plan still struggle. They may simply think if they feel better one day, their medication and diet isn’t important. Others are stressed by their busy schedules, and the 30-minute walk they had planned slips from their mind. As you probably already know, taking even a small break from a routine can make it more difficult to get back into it.
No matter whether you are recovering from a sprained ankle or learning how to manage your anxiety, carefully following your treatment plan will improve your long-term health. Here are some tips from Asheesh Bedi, M.D., Director of the Comprehensive Sports Medicine and Joint Preservation Program at NorthShore, to get you started: