What should you expect at your first Physical Therapy visit?
On your first visit, you will meet your 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, 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 goals, a personalized treatment plan will be developed for you.
Then, we will create a home exercise program with specific exercises you can do on your own to support 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 6:00 am or as late as 7:00 pm, weekend appointments may also be available.
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 1 hour. Treatment plans can range from 6 to 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.
Spend less time in our offices filling out paperwork by completing your forms in advance. Click the packet that fits your insurance coverage type, and you can complete the information at your leisure before your first visit.