It’s definitely possible to get physical therapy without feeling like you can’t go out and still be comfortable.
There are plenty of ways to make your physical therapy gadgets look stylish and incorporate them into whatever you’re wearing, so you can have a great time. For example, you can disguise your cast, your arm support, your neck brace, or anything else that you’re using, or you can go the opposite way and decorate them to the point that they just can’t go unnoticed.
Physical therapy generally isn’t the most fun thing on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look cool while using it. Make it as fun and enjoyable as possible, and you’ll feel better about your experience. Plus, you’ll help other people smile, and that’s good for you and them.
- For casts or other issues with your legs, consider wide-legged pants. They used to be called bell-bottoms, and they were in fashion for a time in the ’70s. Now, they are making a comeback to some extent, and it’s possible to find them in regular retail stores. If you can locate some, you can get them to fit over a smaller-sized cast or leg brace. For much larger types of apparatus, you may need to just wear shorts or a skirt. Men should probably avoid the skirt.
- For arm issues like casts, supports, or braces, a shawl is a good idea. There are many beautiful styles available from various kinds of fabrics, and you can get something that compliments your wardrobe very well. You may want to choose a completely neutral color that you can wear with anything, or you may prefer to buy more than one shawl, and get some in colors that go with specific outfits. Just make sure it’s what you like, in your price range, and comfortable for you to wear.
- Neck braces present special challenges, but there are plenty of options for necklaces to wear over them. Shop for things that are large and colorful, and that are longer than you would normally wear to accommodate the size of the brace. It should also be something that you can easily fasten, or something that just slips on over your head, so you don’t have too much trouble putting it around the brace.
If you can’t hide your therapy gadget, or if you don’t want to hide it, then you can decorate it and make it part of your outfit- just get some colorful stickers, markers, or paint that you can use to add flare to your cast. Make sure you don’t get anything that will damage it or impede its use, but have fun. You don’t need to get too worried about simple things like stickers.
You may even want to use a glue gun to add sparkles or beads that are flat and don’t stick out too much. As long as they don’t cause a hazard or come off easily, they can look great and be a lot of fun for you and anyone else who sees them.