What should I bring to my first appointment?
Bring your photo ID, insurance card, and therapy prescription/order from your doctor. If you take medication, please bring a list of all the current medications you take, with the dosages as well.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
After your intake forms are completed, your physical therapist will review them along with any information from your referring doctor. Your therapist will then review your medical history and the nature of your injury/condition with you. After that they will perform an examination of your vital signs, range of motion, strength, endurance, and balance/gait as necessary. Your therapist will also assess for signs of swelling and infection and other risk factors that might be present. They will then review their findings with you and discuss their diagnosis along with their treatment plan and what your goals are for therapy. You can expect some treatment to be performed on the first visit. Finally your therapist will instruct you in a home exercise program, and discuss a schedule for the appointments that will follow.
What should I wear to my appointments?
Wear loose and comfortable clothing and shoes that will allow you to move/exercise comfortably. Your therapist will also need to easily access the injured area, so make sure your clothing allows for that.
How long will my appointments last?
Typically, the initial evaluation is about an hour, but the initial paperwork can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. We can email you the initial intake forms if you would like to fill them out before you arrive. Every session thereafter can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on what your needs are.
How long will it take for me to feel better?
Every patient and injury is different, and progress can vary greatly. Most patients notice improvement in their symptoms and mobility within the first 1-2 weeks, but full recovery can be as soon as 4 weeks for more simple conditions, or 3 months-1 year for post surgical or chronic conditions.
Is physical therapy painful?
Pain relief is one of the main goals for most patients. Your physical therapist will utilize different manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, and modalities to help reduce pain and restore your mobility. In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, restoring motion after a joint replacement or other surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to make you as comfortable as possible while still progressing towards your goals. It is important that you communicate the quality of your pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for your therapist to adjust your treatment plan.
How much will my therapy cost?
We will verify your insurance benefits and review them with you at the first appointment. Insurance plans vary greatly, but we will help you understand what your insurance would cover and what would be your financial responsibility. We also offer self pay options for those who do not have insurance coverage, and can review payment plans with you upon request.