The First Appointment
The first visit will last approximately one hour. Each new patient provides the receptionist with their physician’s referral, fills out any necessary paperwork, and then is brought into a private room where a complete evaluation takes place. The physical therapist discusses with each patient the nature of their injury or complaint and their medical history. Then the therapist will perform a physical examination, which will include range-of-motion and flexibility measurements, strength measurements, gait analysis, palpation and various special tests to confirm the diagnosis.
After the evaluation, the patient’s injury or condition is explained in detail, and a treatment program is outlined. A home exercise program customized for the patient and their particular condition is also provided on the first visit.
After the initial appointment, each subsequent visit will last approximately one to two hours, depending on the severity of the injury. Most patients attend physical therapy two to three times a week, and their treatment includes modalities (moist heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, and ice), range of motion/stretching, soft tissue mobilization/massage, exercises, aerobic conditioning, balance activities, and patient education, depending on each patient’s particular needs. Each patient sees the same therapist each week, unless there is a conflict in either the patient’s or therapist’s schedule.
We believe that clear communication between the treating therapist and the referring physician is vital for optimal patient care. We keep in constant contact with the patient’s physician through the use of evaluation summary letters, progress reports, and a discharge summary, and always contact the physicians directly with any questions or concerns.
Please wear something that is comfortable to work out in, and that can easily expose the area to be treated. Lockers are available to store belongings.