When preparing for your first session of Physical Therapy, there are several things that you can do to help expedite the process and reduce the stress associated with going to a medical office. Below is a short list of things you should bring on your first day for the Physical Therapist to perform your evaluation:
- A prescription for Physical Therapy from your doctor if you were given one
- In the state of Florida you do not require a prescription for Physical Therapy for the first 21 days of service. Check our website for a great article on this topic!
- A typed or neatly written list of all medications and vitamins you are currently taking
- This should include dosage size, frequency, and if possible the reason for why you are taking this medication
- Clothing that allows your Physical Therapist to examine the part of your body that you are being seen for
- For example: A loose fitting shirt if it is your shoulder or shorts if it is your knee
- Entrance paperwork can be filled out ahead of time to save you time and frustration at your appointment
- This information can be found on our website under the “Express Registration” tab or click here for a direct link: https://hohmanrehab.com/new/express-registration/
- Lastly and most important, a positive attitude and a willingness to improve
- Countless research articles have confirmed that a positive outlook can greatly improve success in both rehabilitation and life!
What should I expect from the Physical Therapy evaluation?
The evaluation process typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. During this time you will meet with one of our licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy and undergo a comprehensive examination. The examination is necessary for us to determine what your exact deficits or limitations are so that we may develop an individualized plan of care tailored to your condition and desired outcomes or goals.
For us to determine what your deficits are, we will need to assess your range of motion (ROM), strength, and functional mobility. To measure you ROM and strength, you may be required to move your affected body part. If you are unable to actively move the body part either due to pain or weakness, our Physical Therapist will gently move you through the available range of motion.
Based on the deficits that the therapist finds, you will be issued a home exercise program (HEP) to be performed on your own. The importance of compliance with the HEP cannot be understated. Please refer to our website for a great article on the importance of a HEP.
Once the evaluation is completed you will be ready to begin your Physical Therapy program! We treat patients for pain, weakness and balance problems in the Clermont 34711 area.