What to Expect on My First Visit?
Your physical therapist will have dedicated time for you and, in most circumstances, will first sit with you in a private room and discuss your symptoms with you. Your therapist will review your medical history with you and begin to evaluate your condition. Your therapist will make a list of impairments by using his or her clinical experience and education. The therapist will then create realistic goals and give you his or her best estimation on how long it will take to meet the established goals.
If time allows, the therapist will deliver treatment and may initiate a home exercise program. If appropriate, you will schedule follow up appointments with the receptionist at the conclusion of the session. You may schedule your appointments in advance if you wish, as this allows you to adjust your personal schedule. The receptionist will provide a print out of your scheduled appointments for your records.
Your therapist will start to type out your initial evaluation paperwork during or after your visit using electronic documentation. In most cases, your therapist will send your paperwork to the referring provider's office (if applicable) so that they may keep a record of your physical therapy visit in your file.
If the clothing that you are wearing is not conducive to the evaluation, we will provide you with a gown, shorts, or socks. Our treatment rooms are private and we make every effort to maintain patient modesty. We have also taken measures to insulate our treatment rooms so that no one else will be easily able to hear your discussion with your therapist. Some patients prefer to be evaluated while in the open gym, and we have this option available as well. Your therapist will be receptive to your preferences.