Physical Therapy New Patient Appointment

What to Expect

At your initial evaluation, your physical therapist (PT) will review your medical history and discussing the specifics of what has brought you to physical therapy. Your therapist may also ask you detailed questions about your case, including:

  • What was your prior level of functioning before your injury?
  • How are you currently functioning and how does if affect your ability to perform task at home or work, or enjoy sports activities and hobbies?
  • What kind of movements, positions, or activities make your condition better or worse?
  • What are you goals for physical therapy?

After listening to you describe your condition and concerns surrounding it, your PT will perform a thorough examination to clinically assess your current condition. Depending on your symptoms and condition they may assess how you walk (gait), as well as your range of motion, strength, flexibility, and balance. The therapist may also perform certain specialized orthopedic tests to help determine the potential cause of your condition. It is important to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and allows the therapist to access the part of your body that is being treated.

 

After your PT performs a thorough evaluation, they will review their findings with you and answer any questions you may have. They will then formulate a treatment plan designed to assist you in achieving your goals. Your therapist will review their recommended frequency of PT sessions to best address your condition and reach your goals most effectively. For common conditions a frequency of 2-3x/week for 4- 6 weeks is typical. Treatment may consist of exercises to address any deficits that were found during the examination. This will most likely include exercises to be performed at home or a home exercise program (HEP). Treatment may also include manual or hands on treatment or modalities such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound to improve range of motion, or address swelling or pain. Different ways to improve the success of your physical therapy treatment are to attend PT sessions regularly, follow the PTs recommendations, and perform your HEP consistently as prescribed.

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