Any first time at a new doctor’s office can be intimidating. Once we have had the chance to work on your condition at South Shore Orthopedics, it may be time for us to recommend a physical therapy clinic for further recovery. Since you have already spent time with us, we can simplify the transition. The first step of that is giving you the insight scoop on your first appointment.  

That first physical therapy appointment is considered an initial evaluation. This time is spent chiefly learning about your condition and how it affects your lifestyle. From there, the ideal treatment plan will be the next step. 

Your First Physical Therapy Appointment 

Before You Arrive

Before you even arrive at the physical therapy appointment, finding a physical therapist you’re excited about is crucial. Our referrals are a great place to start, and we can suggest some based on your condition. You should create a list of the essential facts regarding your medical history. This should also be the time to prep your answers to questions that the physical therapist may have for you as well. This is also a great time to clarify any cost needs and determine if they take your insurance. 

When you are deciding what to wear to the appointment, consider that you will be moving around a lot. If the pain is around your shoulder, consider wearing a shirt that gives access to this area. If the pain is in your knees or legs, consider wearing shorts.

During The Appointment 

When the initial examination begins, the physical therapist will first look at measuring what may cause your problem or what could be impacting your injury. This is consistent with various tests that can tell the PT important things about your body. 

Some of the tests typically included are: 

  • Balance tests
  • Range of motion measurements
  • Strength tests
  • Palpation

The PT will explain each of these tests along the way without you having to worry if you are doing the movement correctly. They will guide you through it the entire time. This can be a great indication of where the pain or problem is stemming from in the body. 

After The Appointment 

This initial examination paves the way for your physical therapist to develop a treatment plan for your condition or injury. They can tell from the evaluation what you should do to relieve pain and improve your movements. From there, they will discuss the timeline of goals and the expected course of your treatment plan. 

This would also include how often you should come into the physical therapist’s office versus what you can do on your own at home. Often, the beginning of a physical therapy treatment plan can ideally mean coming into the office two to three times a week. This will all depend on your current level of pain and mobility issues. It is important to be excited about the changes that are coming, but you should be realistic about the timeline you will have. Seeing change is a progressive process that will take time and dedication to the desire to heal. 

Physical therapy is such an excellent resource for your orthopedic health. It improves your quality of life and decreases pain throughout your day. We are so glad you have the opportunity to continue your recovery in this way. Are you looking for the best possible physical therapy clinic for your condition? Our team has compiled a list of therapy clinics that we recommend you take the time to review. If you want even more information, we are happy to provide it. Check out our website or give us a call for even more information.