What To Expect At Your First Physical Therapy Visit
On your first visit, you will meet your personal licensed physical therapist, who will kindly ask you about what brought you here. Be prepared to talk briefly about when you began feeling pain, how the injury happened along with your general health and past surgeries.
Your therapist will then conduct an initial evaluation to identify any postural faults and musculoskeletal imbalances, including tests for muscle length and strength, joint mobility, and soft tissue integrity. Your therapist will then use a model or illustration to ensure your understanding.
After the evaluation, based on your diagnosis and your personal goals, we will create your personalized treatment plan for you.
Then, we will create a home exercise program with specific exercises you can do on your own to speed the recovery process. Your physical therapist will explain each exercise and make sure you understand the proper technique. This will be the extent of the treatment for this visit. Your next visit will be a full treatment session.
Lastly, you will speak with a member of our administrative staff to create treatment schedule, which can easily fit into your lifestyle. For your convenience we can schedule treatment as early as 8:00 am or as late as 6:00 pm Monday through Fridays, and 8:00 am to 5:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.
How frequently you will attend physical therapy?
Most prescriptions and treatment schedules are for 2-3 visits per week, but this will vary based on your condition and physical ability.
Physical therapy sessions typically last an hour. Treatment plans usually are from 6-12 weeks with periodic re-evaluations and regular follow-up visits with your doctor.
Important physical therapy tips
• Arrive 15 minutes prior to you scheduled appointment to check in.
• Bring all necessary insurance verification, physicians prescription, list of medications, radiographs (MRI’s, X-rays), etc.
• Bring or wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a pair of rubber soled sneakers.
Download paper forms
Prior to visiting, click the button and find your intake forms. Bring them with you to your appointment.