paw wrote:Welcome to the site Barbara. When I had physio for my shoulder after surgery I had high co-pays too. To make matters worse, they overworked me and undid a lot of the repair and the shoulder is still damaged. Physical therapy with someone who is not an expert in hypermobility can leave you worse off than when you started.
There are a few things you can do though. The physio clinic I went to offered for $30 a month the opportunity to work out as often as you want. They would not be directly supervising you though. So if you were given a list of exercises and shown how to do them you could go in and keep using the machines and exercise tools on your own. That cost is much less expensive than a gym membership.
Some hotels will sell pool memberships for people who live in the area. You get a key to the pool area and you work on your own. You could call different physical therapy clinics and hotels and see if any of them have a pool you could use that way. It can't hurt to call and ask. I had no idea that was available till after I went through physio.
Maybe you could book one or two sessions with the physio to set up a home exercise program for you. That way they would give you the right exercises and show you how to do them safely. I know you would end up paying, but it might be worth it to help you get stronger.
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