What to expect when you come for physical therapy

 

You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes to your first visit. Please plan to arrive about fifteen minutes early to register, and bring your doctor’s referral and insurance card if you have them.

Evaluation

A licensed Physical Therapist will show you to an exam room and will give you a thorough physical evaluation. This will include:

  • a detailed history of your condition
  • pain and strength measurements, measurements to be taken include but are not liited to ROM, strength and pain level
  • specific tests to help identify any particular problem areas that will need to be addressed with treatment.

Treatment plan

Based on this evaluation, your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The treatment plan will be explained to you, and any questions you might have will be answered.

Each patient’s situation is different, and every patient is unique. Your personalized treatment plan is the key to your successful rehabilitation.


How often will you be seen?

Typically, physical therapy treatment is most beneficial when the patient is seen two to three times per week. Depending on the severity of your problem, your therapist may recommend treament three times per week initially.

 

How long are the appointments?

Your initial evaluation and all subsequent visits will be approximately 45 minutes long.

 

Home exercise programs

Your PT will work with you to design a home exercise program that will enable you to become actively involved in your own healing process. Home exercise programs are designed specifically for your needs and are an essential part of your rehabilitation process. Investing some time in your home program will yield dividends: you will respond to therapy more quickly and will be able to return to your normal activity level in less time. Your therapist will work with you to design a home exercise program that will benefit you as well as fit well with your schedule and your home life.