What should I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, the physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation lasting approximately 45–60 minutes which includes history, postural assessment, neurological screening, and tests and measures to gain a more specific understanding of your condition. Your physical therapist will use the information obtained from your evaluation to formulate a clinical judgment as to your prognosis and appropriate treatment intervention. A rehabilitation program will be developed based upon the problems identified and the individual patient's personal goals.
WHAT TYPES OF INTERVENTIONS MAY I RECEIVE?
The interventions you receive will depend on what the physical therapist finds in the evaluation. Most physical therapy plans of care will include therapeutic exercise and functional training in sport, work, or home related tasks. Other interventions will include manual therapy techniques, orthotics, biomechanical and postural reeducation, ergonomic analysis, and gait analysis. Our intervention programs include coordination among all people involved in your care (other health care professionals, family, friends, caregivers, and others), communication to ensure a good exchange of information, thorough documentation of the care and services provided, and instruction to you and others involved in your care.
HOW LONG WILL MY VISIT LAST?
The initial evaluation will last approximately 45-60 minutes depending upon the complexity of the case. Follow-up appointments typically vary in length, and are dependent upon the type of injury and the level of rehabilitation that is required. Usually the average follow-up appointment will last anywhere from 50-60 minutes and occasionally longer if necessary.
HOW FREQUENTLY WILL I ATTEND PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Most prescriptions and treatment schedules are for 2-3 visits per week, but this will vary based on your condition and physical ability. Treatment plans usually are from 6-12 weeks with periodic re-evaluations and regular follow-up visits with your doctor.
HOW IS MY PROGRESS MEASURED?
You will be reevaluated every 30 days or just prior to your follow-up consultation with your referring physician. A complete reevaluation will be performed that includes all tests and measures that had been performed upon your initial evaluation. This new data can be directly compared to your baseline measurements to demonstrate both subjective and objective improvements. Continuation of your therapy will be dependent upon the results of your reevaluation, insurance authorization, and physician approval.
WILL I NEED FOLLOW-UP CARE?
The answer depends entirely on the physical therapist's examination/ evaluation to determine your diagnosis and prognosis. All patients upon discharge from their formal Physical Therapy program would benefit from continuation of their program through performance training with our strength and conditioning specialists. Discuss this plan of action with your Physical Therapist prior to your discharge.
DO I NEED A DOCTOR'S PRESCRIPTION BEFORE SEEING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST FOR THE FIRST TIME?
No. Direct access to physical therapists without a prescription or referral by a physician is allowed under New York State law. Physical therapists are qualified to be able to evaluate and assess a patient's need for physical therapy, and to refer the patient out to a physician in the event that physical therapy is not warranted due to medical reasons. The physical therapist may treat the patient for 10 visits or for 30 days (whichever comes first), after which the patient must receive a medical prescription in order to continue care.