1) What To Wear for your Initial Evaluation
You’ll need to expose the body part that is effected (knee, shoulder, back, etc.) Loose fitting apparel such as sweatpants/stretch pants and t-shirt are ideal. Our private treatment rooms offer a comfortable place to change if you are coming before or after work..
2) What To Expect
Your initial evaluation will consist of a thorough past history, a physical exam including specialized tests and treatment which may include hands-on techniques, exercises or stretches or a pain relieving modality. A home exercise program will be tailored to meet your needs based on your exam. The initial evaluation is usually 45-60 minutes in length.
3) Treatments & Terminology
Joint Mobilization – The application of movement and force to a joint for the purpose of increasing motion and range. Can be used to reduce pain.
Soft-Tissue Massage – The application of movement and force to muscles, ligaments, nerves or other soft-tissue for the purpose of promoting healing and normalization. Can be used to reduce pain.
Pressure-Point Release – In this procedure the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant searches for muscles that are actively in spasm or causing pain. Once a trigger point is located, pressure is applied 30-90 seconds which helps to release the trigger point and relax the muscle. Initially it will cause soreness but should diminish steadily. This helps to normalize the muscles in that area.
Therapeutic Exercises – Strengthening and balancing the muscles around your joints are essential for good movement, stability and pain relief. Physical therapists are the leading experts in helping those with pain, arthritis, obesity, diabetes and heart disease get fit and strong safely.
We pride ourselves in open communication with our patients about what their financial responsibility will be for physical therapy. The last thing we want for our patients is an unexpected bill. If using insurance, check your insurance card for a customer service phone number and verify with them your physical therapy coverage so you are aware of any deductible, copay or coinsurance you may be subject to. In cases of financial hardship, we do have payment programs to make coming to PT and getting the help you need possible. The last thing you want is an unexpected bill later. If you intend to use your insurance, call the number on your card and verify your deductible and coinsurance before your initial evaluation. Absent financial hardship, you will be required to pay these amounts. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.