What to expect
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Your treatment will generally consist of four phases:
- Initial evaluation
- Core treatment plan
- Education & home exercise program
Your physical therapist will start by collecting a fully history of your overall health, personal lifestyle habits and choices, home/work environments, and the specific condition for which you are being seen. Detailed information about your unique situation will aid the physical therapist in determining which treatments are most likely to benefit you.
Your physical therapist will then perform a detailed physical examination. Depending on your symptoms and condition, we may evaluate your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, blood pressure, and heart and respiration rates. Your physical therapist will also examine the affected area in more detail.
We may ask you to perform certain tasks to analyze:
- How you walk (your “gait”)
- How you get up from a lying position or get in and out of a chair (“functional activities”)
- How you use your body for certain activities, such as bending and lifting (“body mechanics”)
Core treatment plan
After a thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to determine your goals for physical therapy and will begin to develop a plan for your treatment – including the frequency of follow-up visits. In many cases, the physical therapist will make a diagnosis and begin treatment during your first visit.
One of the main goals of treatment is almost always to improve or maintain your ability to do your daily tasks and activities. To reach this goal, the physical therapist may need to focus on pain, swelling, weakness, or limited motion. Your physical therapist will constantly assess your response to each treatment and will make adjustments as needed.
Education & home exercise program
An important aspect of your physical therapy treatment will be the actions you can take in your daily life to help improve your condition. You might learn new and different ways to perform your activities at work and home. Your physical therapist may also teach you special exercises to do at home between visits. By continuously working toward improvement, these techniques can help minimize pain, lessen strain, avoid re-injury, and speed your recovery.
During your follow-up visits, your physical therapist will continually recheck your progress and work with you to plan for your discharge from physical therapy when you are ready. Make sure you talk with your physical therapist about what you should do after discharge if you have questions, or if your symptoms or condition worsen.