People attend physical therapy for many reasons, undergoing unique sessions customized to their bodies’ needs. However, first appointments are usually rather standard, as they cover similar tasks to create a foundation for future appointments. Below, the compassionate and knowledgeable team at The Road Home Therapy Center in Church Point, LA, shares what you can expect during your initial appointment.
First Physical Therapy Appointment Checklist
1. Sharing Your Medical History
When you were referred to a physical therapist, your doctor should have passed along documents about your medical history. During your first PT appointment, you’ll discuss your history, including any current and past injuries, surgeries, or treatments you’ve undergone.
2. Getting Examined
Next, your PT will perform an exam. This typically includes palpation, measuring your range of motion and testing your strength. They will also look at your balance and mobility. In some cases, you may undergo neurological screening tests at this time, too.
3. Discussing Your Goals
Why are you attending physical therapy? Perhaps you have a goal to be able to move your knee in a full range of motion after a bad car accident. Or, maybe you’re there for tendinitis that is affecting your daily life. Share your long-and short-term aspirations to help your therapist create a treatment plan.
4. Learning About the Process
Finally, your first physical therapy appointment will wind down as your therapist shares what you can expect over the coming sessions. They’ll note what you should wear, how much activity you can expect, and potentially offer a rough draft of what they hope to accomplish. PTs often open up the floor for questions at this time, so be sure to come ready if you have anything you’d like to ask about your body, treatment, payment, or anything else.
Don’t hesitate to call your new PT beforehand with any pressing questions, like whether you should dress to exercise at your first session. When you call The Road Home Therapy Center, their skilled staff will be able to share more details on this first appointment. The practice has been in business since 1978 and offers short- and long-term therapy for speech and other physical needs. Call (337) 684-6318 to set up an appointment or visit the website for information on their unique approach to customizing physical therapy to each patient.