What to Expect As a First Time Physical Therapy Patient

To many people, the thought of going to a new doctor’s office may be overwhelming.  Paperwork, wait times, insurance hassle, co-pays and more paperwork seem very daunting.

After those “usual” tedius routines are over with, then you begin to wonder what lies ahead the waiting room door.  Will you have to change into a gown, get measured for height and weight, blood pressure, temperature, have an evaluation that consists of endless questions?

Even though a physical therapy office is much different than a primary care physician’s, some things stay the same.  But, rest assured, there is no gown needed during a physical therapy appointment! Below, you will read about what to expect as a first time physical therapy patient.


What will you do at your first physical therapy appointment?

On the patient’s first visit to physical therapy, it is important that they arrive 10–15 minutes before the treatment time so they can fill out the necessary insurance, legal and medical history paperwork. Each patient will need to bring an insurance card as well as a photo ID, which we can make a copy of. If the patient is a minor, it is required that a parent or legal guardian attend the first visit with this patient.

A typical session normally involves the patient coming in, going to the front desk, signing in and our front desk staff greeting them and requesting the needed materials. Our front desk will then provide the patient with what may seem like an abundance of paperwork, but is all required to fill out prior to initiation of therapy.  Plus, the paperwork helps us gain a better understanding of who you are, what’s going on with your body and how we can better treat you.

Once the paperwork is filled out, and the physical therapist has reviewed the medical history, he or she will greet the patient in the waiting room and take them to a private examination room. Depending on insurance limitations, the first visit may include only an evaluation or evaluation and treatment.

The initial evaluation is an important time for the therapist to get to know our patients, find out specifically what they are struggling with and perform a thorough evaluation that allows us to find range of motion barriers, strength limitations and restricted movement patterns that correlate to the patient’s concerns. We then establish a plan with the patient that details our plan of treatment, including strength and range of motion exercises, specific hands-on techniques, medical modalities, such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation and how many times per week the patient will be treated.

It is important for me as a therapist to establish with my patient that we are both on the same team.  I have a level of knowledge and understanding about the human body that allows me to guide the patient to the desired goal, which may be returning to work, being able to pick up your grandchild or returning to sport. We take great pride in the fact that we are able to meet the needs of a wide variety of patients in an environment that allows them to feel comfortable and well taken care of.

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Dynamic Physical Therapy

As a patient, when you come to our facility, you are instantly going to feel that our staff really cares about you.  They want you to get better.  We are going to take the time to get to know you.  I want to know if you have kids, who they are and what they do.  If you’re a grandparent, I want to know about your grandchildren and when you’re going to see them, get to play them and hold them.

If you’re somebody that’s been off work for six months, and your desire is getting back to work as quickly as possible, I want to be here to help you.  It’s not just me, it’s everyone here.

We have put together a team of really caring individuals that are really here for you from day one until the day you are discharged.  If you suffer from knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain, we would love to help you!  Call us today!

Our physical therapy offices are located in:

  • Bridgeport
  • Fairmont
  • Jane Lew
  • Morgantown:  (304) 598-2212
  • Sabraton:  (304) 225-0910
  • Westover:  (304) 225-5222

Please visit our website to learn more about us, or give us a call to set up a consultation. No referral necessary!

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By | 2017-05-09T12:15:20-04:00 August 6th, 2015|General Physical Therapy|0 Comments