Your First Appointment with a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists are educated, trained, and licensed professionals who can help treat those who have difficulty with functioning, mobility, and obtaining a sense of physical independence. These health professionals may be found treating patients in a wide variety of settings, including nursing homes, rehab centers, hospitals, private practice, outpatient offices, fitness facilities, hospices, government agencies, and more. In many cases, a physical therapist can travel to their patient’s location to offer treatment sessions if that is what works best for them. 

Anyone who wants to find out more about how these sessions can help improve their overall wellness, can talk with a physical therapist for insight about physical therapy from a clinic. We believe that each and every person deserves to enjoy their daily life without chronic pain and limitations. Here we have provided information so prospective patients know what to expect during the first appointment: 

Assistance for All Phases of Healing

A physical therapist is likely to go over your current and past medical history during the very first session. He or she may ask you several questions about lifestyle, pain, impairments, weakness, and other areas that cause you discomfort. Then, you can both work together to establish a treatment plan that provides aid for all phases of healing. 

Some patients see a physical therapist for maintenance after an injury or illness, while others are at the very beginning of their rehabilitation process. Those who see a physical therapist for treatment sessions, can expect to: 

  • Receive a physical exam and health evaluation, in addition to testing procedures, posture evaluation, muscle/joint motion, and overall performance
  • Be given a clinical diagnosis, care plan, and prognosis
  • Undergo physical therapy sessions that are based on the diagnosis and patient’s health goals

What Physical Therapists Can Treat

One of the main questions people have when consulting with a physical therapist is what types of conditions can be treated. There are a long list of medical conditions and injuries that can benefit from physical therapy. Even if you do not see your diagnosis listed below, they may still be able to help and encourage you to contact us directly for more information. Here are a few conditions that may improve through physical therapy: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger
  • Back pain and rotator cuff injuries 
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) 
  • Stroken parkinson’s disease, spinal cord damage, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, vestibular dysfunction, and other neurological conditions
  • Cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other pediatric diagnoses associated with developmental delays
  • Sports-related injuries (joints, muscles, ligaments)
  • Urinary incontinence, lymphedema, pelvic floor dysfunction

A team of physical therapists can understand how much pain and frustration you may be feeling due to a terrible injury or diagnosis that impairs your ability to live a full life. Please contact a clinic today for a consultation. 

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