So you have a physical therapy appointment but you have no idea what to expect. This is pretty typical, but we can help.
This short guide will tell you what to expect at your first appointment and how to prepare for it. So let’s get started.
What to Do Before Your First Physical Therapy Appointment
There are many different types of physical therapy and each clinic will have different services available. In order to determine the best fit for your needs, your therapist will get a history from you. Be sure to start with the most troubling symptoms first so they know where to focus most of your therapy.
Next, they’ll want to know about any injuries or other factors that may be connected to your problem areas. You should also be sure to tell them about any medical conditions you may have and current prescriptions. If you have anything like X-rays or a diagnosis from your doctor, you’ll need them too.
You’ll also want your insurance information and other billing information the office may need ready to go.
What Happens During the First Appointment
When you first arrive at the clinic you will likely have to fill out some basic paperwork to go in your file. Then you’ll be ready to meet with your therapist.
When you do meet your therapist, they will likely need to ask you a few questions about your pains or limitations due to injuries. This is just to clarify any misunderstandings from your initial questions.
Next, your therapist will perform a physical exam. Your therapist will ask you to make basic movements and provide feedback about any pain your feeling.
After you’ve complete the physical exam your therapist will begin to put together your treatment plan. They will likely teach you an at-home exercise routine. They may also recommend manual therapy or modalities too.
It’s important to follow your treatment plan and any advice your therapist gives you very closely. This is very important to be able to reach your healing and fitness goals.
What to Expect at the End of the Appointment
At the end of your appointment, your therapist will review what you discussed. You will also have an opportunity to ask your therapist any questions you may have. Don’t be shy if you are confused about anything be sure to ask before you leave.
Before leaving the clinic be sure to schedule your next visit. Your therapist will likely give you a sheet with the recommended time frame to give to the front desk.
More About Physical Therapy
Be sure to wear appropriate attire when you go to your physical therapy appointments. This includes properly fitting clothes and tennis shoes. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
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