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.
Questions for the patient be ready to answer:
1.) When did your condition begin?
2.) Can you describe the sensation, location, and intensity of your symptoms?
3.) What actives make your symptoms worse?
4.) What actives make your symptoms better?
5.) Are there any other health conditions that you are currently managing?
6.) Do you take any prescription medications? If so, what are they and why are you
7.) What do you do for a living?
8.) What does your typically daily activity look like?
9.) How does your condition impact your quality of life?
10.) What are the specific activities that you look to return to?
11.) What are your hobbies, interests, and passions?
12.) How can we ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for with us?
Questions for the patient to be ready to ask the therapist.
1.) Do you have experience treating patient with similar conditions as mine?
2.) How will you measure my progress and level of success?
3.) Will I be seen by the same therapist every visit?
4.) What are my major barrier to success?
5.) Will this hurt? Will I be sore?
6.) How long will It take for me to get better?
7.) How will you help to keep me accountable?
8.) Will you be communicating with my doctor about my therapy session?
What to wear:
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
Establishing Your Treatment Plan:
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.