What to Expect At Your First Visit

Your initial Physical Therapy appointment will start with a private conversation with your therapist, who will work with you to assess your overall movement history, your medical history, and your goals moving forward.

Your therapist will then perform a thorough physical evaluation including clinical diagnostic tests, and for most patients, a 3-D Functional Movement Assessment. Through this assessment, your therapist will analyze your movement patterns (noting muscle imbalances, weaknesses, stability, mobility, stiffness, etc.) and how these movement patterns relate to the cause and/or irritation of your injury.

Your therapist will then create a comprehensive treatment plan and work with you to schedule follow-up visits as needed. This plan will be a collaborative effort, tailored to your specific needs, and will include how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy.

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Your first visit will last approximately 50-60 minutes. The intent of your first visit is to create an individualized and highly specific road map for you and your therapist to follow in order to achieve your goals.

Your therapist will perform a variety of assessments to understand the symptoms that you are experiencing and just as importantly to devise a comprehensive program to treat the underlying cause of your problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient’s input.

This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy.

Each patient will go home with pictures and/or video of an individualized Home Exercise Program to help the patient achieve their goals as quickly as possible. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.