Preparing for your First Physical Therapy Visit
What you can expect on Visit #1
WELCOME! We are so glad you chose us as your Physical Therapy provider and we look forward to partnering with you in your recovery process! We have put together a few thoughts to help you make the most out of your first session.
“I want you to look back on your physical therapy experience and say, ‘Wow! I never knew that physical therapy could make such a difference!”
— Justin McKinney, McKinney Physical Therapy
Here’s what you can expect
During this first session, your physical therapist will spend time learning about the history of your condition, your previous level of function, and how your it’s affecting your life. You will be asked many questions based on your answers from your intake forms, and the condition for which you are needing physical therapy.
Your physical therapist will also conduct a hands-on physical examination looking at range of motion, flexibility, strength, and balance. They will look at your posture and how your body performs during certain movements. There may also be specific tests performed to gather further information about your body and your impairments. All of this information will provide a baseline from which to measure your future progress.
Once the examination is completed, your PT will discuss the findings and together you will develop a treatment plan. Treatment may begin during this first visit, and may include: manual therapy, education on modifying activities, postural correction, targeted exercises.
From this point forward, you and your therapist are a team working toward the goal of help you to feel and move better. Your participation is vital to your progress, so questions are encouraged. Physical Therapy can have huge benefits to your health, well-being, and overall function when you take an active role in your recovery- you will get out of your PT what you put into it.
Again, we are thrilled for this opportunity to work with you in your recovery, and we look forward to meeting you soon!