Preparation: When preparing for your first visit be ready to discuss important factors that surround the nature of your injury. Be prepared to answer many questions as it relates to your injury as well as ask your therapist any questions that you may have. Below is a list of common and important questions for your consideration. Please be prepared to verbalize any concerns that you have that may impact your ability to be successful with your rehabilitation. Your therapist is looking forward to helping you by addressing these concerns and ensuring that you are comfortable during the course of care.
Be prepared to move around a lot during your first physical therapy appointment. With that being said, be sure to wear something comfortable and loose fitting that will not limit your ability to display your current level of mobility and function. If you are booking an appointment due to knee pain, please be sure to wear shorts or comfortable pants that will allow for easy access to your knee. Your physical therapist may need to physically move or manipulate the area to test the integrity of the knee and/or measure the severity of the injury.
After the history of your injury has been addressed, your therapist will likely wish to move into the examination portion of your visit. Here, your therapist will gather objective measurements of your functional deficits including, but not limited to pain, range of motion, strength, swelling/edema, balance, gait, and neurological screening. Your therapist will provide you with clear instructions and often ask for your feedback during the examination.
Based on your examination, the therapist will gather all information collected and work with you to establish an individualized treatment program. This plan will include the frequency and duration of your therapy visits, interventions to be used, setting clear and measurable goals, and providing you with continuous consult as it relates to your rehabilitation. Your therapist will likely also provide you with an initial home exercise program to help you maximize the benefits of your program. The therapist will be available during all therapy appointment as well as telecommunication to help you along the rehabilitation process and to address any questions, comments, or concerns that you have. Your physical therapist will encourage regular communication, questions, and input from you to ensure that each therapy visit is optimized for the greatest outcomes.
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