New patient information
For your first visit at Orthopedic Spine & Sports Therapy patients should be at least fifteen minutes early for their scheduled appointment. This will allow us adequate time to collect the patient information and go over any questions you may have.
In order to speed up your visit you can print and fill out the new patient documents and bring them with you on your first visit.
What to expect on your first visit
The patients initial evaluation will be performed by a licensed physical therapist and certified OMPT. The therapist will first obtain a medical history including mechanism of injury, when it occurred and how has it been progressing, what aggravates it and alleviates the pain, etc. The physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and explain to the patient exactly what the problem is, how it occurred and how to prevent it in the future. Once the evaluation is done the therapist will develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. You will also be taught exercises to perform independently (a home exercise program). The exercises and treatment performed are very important in improving and maintaining your condition. It is imperative that you perform the exercises as prescribed and attend all scheduled visits to facilitate goal achievement and experience long lasting benefits.
To be honest I was hesitant to take the time required for physical therapy and uncertain how much it would help. I must say, I am very glad I didn’t listen to myself. It helped my back immensely and got me back to doing what I do.
I’ve spoke with other people regarding their experience with physical therapy. My therapy was much more personalized and I received more face time with an actual therapist than most, which I believe made the difference in my recovery.