We have answered some frequently asked questions on what to expect at your physical therapy appointments. We pride ourselves in creating a welcoming atmosphere and want to ensure that your experience with physical therapy is a positive one. Below we have answered some questions on what to expect; if should have more specific questions please discuss them with your therapist upon arrival.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a method of treatment for certain physical impairments, disabilities, and injuries. You can expect a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist that will create a plan of treatment for your specific diagnosis.
How often do I need to attend physical therapy?
Frequency of attendance is dependent upon your diagnosis and your physician’s recommendation. However, a typical plan of care for physical therapy includes attendance three times per week.
How long will my physical therapy appointment be?
Appointments for physical therapy vary in length depending on your diagnosis(es) and activity level. Typical appointments are approximately one hour in length.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Comfortable clothing that you are free to move in; sneakers are preferred in our gyms.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
On your first visit to physical therapy, you will be assigned to a team (a physical therapist and physical therapists assistant) who will work with you throughout your entire episode of care. You will fill out paperwork specific to your diagnosis to give your therapist an understanding of your history. Your therapist will then complete a thorough evaluation that could potentially include diagnostic testing and range of motion measurements. You may be started with some exercise and treatment with modalities (heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.). It is at this visit that the frequency and duration will be determined.
What will I have to do after physical therapy?
Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Some may choose to continue with a gym exercise program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.
Do you participate with my insurance?
We work with patients with all types of insurances. Click here to view our accepted insurance plans.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Photo ID, insurance card(s), new patient forms, physician’s referral/prescription (optional)