So, you’re closing in on your very first appointment for physical therapy. Maybe you recently had surgery, or tore a muscle or ligament in a running accident. Perhaps you’re struggling with an illness or syndrome that’s reducing your quality of life. Whatever your situation, it’s your first time in a new place, with another new set of medical professionals, and you’re not sure what to expect.
Don’t worry! Our friendly physical therapists are experts in assessing lower extremity dysfunction, and believe strongly in personalizing treatment plans for each patient individually. We want you to be the best YOU possible, and we do that by building you a program that is effective, with goals that are attainable, and constant encouragement.
In order to get the most out of your visit, here’s what else you can expect and plan for:
- Arrive at least 10 minutes early for your appointment so you can complete any necessary paperwork.
- Your first session will likely be 1-on-1 with a single physical therapist, and should take anywhere from 60-75 minutes.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that leaves your lower legs exposed (knees down) and exercise-appropriate shoes.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We want you to leave the appointment feeling comfortable, knowledgeable, and confident.
During the first appointment, the physical therapist will be evaluating your current level of function, but he or she will also be talking with you so that, together, you can create a list of goals you want to achieve, and the therapist can build a treatment plan based on those goals. We encourage you to spend a little time before your appointment thinking about what you hope to achieve with therapy—whether your goal is to run a marathon, or simply to be able to get back to work—so that we can do everything in our power to help you get there.
Physical therapy is a powerful tool to help you get back to living your best, but what you get out of it depends on what you put into it! By coming to every visit prepared, and following your therapist’s instructions for home care, you can get the most out of your physical therapy and maximize your level of function and quality of life.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Martin Foot and Ankle today at 844-899-6961.