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What happens in my first visit?
- Bring your completed paperwork to your appointment. You can download our forms from our website. If you schedule your first appointment online, you will complete the forms online as part of the online scheduling process and don't need to download anything.
- Most of the time, you will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy.
- We will copy your insurance card and photo ID.
- You will be seen for the initial evaluation by a physical therapist and the following will be discussed:
- Your medical history.
- Your current problems/complaints.
- Intensity of your symptoms and what aggravates and eases the problem.
- How this is impacting or limiting your daily activities or everyday life.
- Your goals with physical therapy.
- Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
- A physical therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include the following:
- Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
- Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
- Muscle Testing - the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
- Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
- Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
- Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
- Based on the objective information, your physical therapist will formulate a list of problems and how to treat them. A plan will be developed with the patient’s input, including home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and expectations after discharge from therapy.
- The Initial Evaluation typically lasts 45 minutes and the cost is $125 for self-pay patients without insurance. If you have insurance, the cost will depend on your insurance company and plan benefits.