If you have experienced an injury or endured chronic pain, a great way to return to your pain-free life and the activities you enjoy is to work with a physical therapist who can help you improve your physical function. We’d like to give you a peek at what your physical therapy experience might look like, as well as give you some tips on how to get the most out of your time with us.
Your Initial Evaluation
There is a lot to accomplish in your first visit with your therapist. You will have an opportunity to give a brief description of your pain and its onset, activities that worsen or improve your condition, and share your goals you hope to accomplish in therapy. Your therapist will likely ask questions like . . .
Once your therapist understands your problem, he will perform diagnostic tests and measures and then take time to educate you about your condition and offer a recommended treatment plan. Your therapist’s goal is to help you get back to the activities you love as quickly as possible. Given your condition, he may recommend a frequency of 2 or 3 times a week for a duration of 4, 6, or 8 weeks, or longer. If you will do your best to adhere to the recommended frequency and duration schedule, it is likely you will be pleased with the speed and results of your recovery! Our goal is to help you succeed in your goals and get you back to the activities you love without the pain!
Now that you have a treatment plan in place, you can begin treatment in your first visit which will likely include some form of manual therapy (stretching, soft tissue mobilization, active or passive range of motion, massage, etc), modalities (heat/ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc), and exercise. You will also receive a home exercise program designed specifically for you so you can progress in your rehabilitation quickly.
Your first visit will likely be your longest therapy appointment. The remainder of your visits will include regular treatment sessions including manual therapy, modalities, and exercise. Your therapist will be the sole provider of any manual therapy you receive. A clinical assistant will help you through your exercises and set you up on modalities as instructed by your therapist.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Visit
We are excited to be part of your road to recovery! Let’s get moving!