Typically, first appointments last for about one hour and follow-up appointments last 30-60 minutes depending on the extent of the program (most are about 45 minutes). It is helpful if you can print and fill out the intake forms and bring them with you to your first appointment otherwise we ask that you come 15 minutes early to fill them out before your first appointment.
During the initial visit, the physical therapist will inquire about your history and perform a physical exam of your injury area. Once this is completed, they will do an abbreviated treatment to get you started. This will include instruction in a home management program so that you can be doing things on your own to manage the problem. The treatment may also include some treatment with modalities, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises depending on what is indicated for your condition and the time available.
Wear appropriate clothing that either allows us to get at the involved area or bring clothes to change into that will. For example, you may need to wear shorts for a leg/foot problem or a tank top for an upper arm problem. For shorts we recommend you bring your own “gym” shorts, but we do have some that you can borrow if needed. For neck and back problems, you will typically need to use one of the gowns we provide.
Treatment sessions that will vary depending on the nature of the problem and what involvement your referral requested. Typically, we will start with 2-3 sessions weekly and reduce the number of sessions as progress is made. With severe cases, we may start with daily sessions and with less severe cases, we will start with once weekly sessions.