What time should I be at my appointment?
We ask that our patients arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork and to become familiar with company policies. There is a link on our website to print out new patient paperwork at home if you would prefer that as well.
What should I wear to my first appointment?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination. We will provide shorts and/or a gown if needed.
What should I expect at my first therapy visit?
During your first visit you can expect the following:
- Arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early to complete paperwork or arrive with paper work already printed and completed to minimize your wait time. Click forms to download our paperwork
- You will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy.
- We will copy your insurance card.
- You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.
- The therapist will discuss the following:
- Your medical history.
- Your current problems/complaints.
- Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
- How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
- Your goals with physical therapy.
- Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
- The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
- Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
- Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
- Muscle Testing – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
- Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
- Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
- Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with your input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.
How long will each treatment session last?
Your initial evaluation will take 60 minutes and every subsequent visit will last approximately 45-60 minutes.
How much will each visit cost?
In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. Click our insurance link for a summary of insurances we accept and make sure you talk to our receptionist at your first visit so we can help you clarify your insurance coverage.
Do I need to bring copies of x-rays and/or MRIs?
It is not necessary for you to bring copies of x-rays or MRIs, but if you have copies available, it would be helpful for the therapist to review those with you. If those records are not available to you, your therapist can request those records from your referring physician if necessary.
How many days, weeks, or months will my therapy last?
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need months of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, etc. You will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and when you see your doctor, we will provide you with a progress report with our recommendations.