Being a new patient can be scary. Most people do not know what to expect when going to physical therapy. Physical therapy is similar to most other healthcare appointments. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect.
Whenever you are a new patient you can expect paper work. Physical therapy is no different. The first thing that you will do after being referred for physical therapy is fill out new patient paperwork. When meeting the therapist for the first time they will ask questions about past medical history and make sure that you are an appropriate candidate for therapy. After talking for a while you can expect to go through some orthopedic testing to determine the proper diagnosis. The therapist’s goal is to evaluate and determine the pain or injury. When all of the talking and testing is done you can expect to go through either an exercise regime or perform modalities. Modalities are things such as electric stimulation, ultrasound, manual therapy, and mobilization. After the conclusion of the first session the therapist will typically give the patient an at home exercise program. To gain the best results following the program is a must. Without the effort of going through the home exercises little gain is seen. First time physical therapy appointments are typically an hour long thereafter appointments are typically 30 minutes, but it depends on the clinic that you are receiving treatment from.
At Scott Family Health we have an integrated healthcare approach that allows us to easily refer to physical therapy when other methods fall short. The integrated system allows for the doctors to refer to each other and communicate to give the patient the best care possible.