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Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during my first visit to therapy?
We will ask you to fill out a brief health history along with functional and pain questionnaires that your therapist will review with you. Your therapist may take measurements, examine your movement patterns, and assess your strength, mobility, and flexibility. All of this information will ensure your therapist develops the best plan of care for your injury/condition. A home exercise program may be created during this visit to ensure continued progress from therapy.
How often do I need therapy?
The frequency and duration of therapy may be determined by the severity of the impairment, your schedule and needs, as well as your physician's orders. Following surgery, therapy will typically follow post-op guidelines and progress through the assigned protocol. In cases of severe pain and impairment, 2-3 visits per week might be necessary to manage symptoms and reduce functional impairments. With mild impairments, 1 visit per week with an independent home program may be sufficient.
How involved will I be in my therapy?
Being actively involved in your own rehab process, from setting your own personal goals to providing feedback to your therapist, is very important for your success. Your therapist will provide you with the tools you need to take an active role in managing your condition(s). Your home exercise program will be just as important as your in-person therapy visits. Tell your therapist at each visit about any new issues or symptoms you may experience while completing your home program or while doing regular daily tasks.
Will therapy hurt?
The purpose of therapy is to help relieve pain. Your therapist will work with you to create a customized plan to manage your pain. However, as your muscles and joints are moving and working to restore mobility, pain levels can fluctuate. You can expect to have some temporary soreness following your therapy sessions. Communicate with your therapist regarding any concerns you may have about your pain levels following therapy and while completing everyday tasks.
What should I wear to therapy?
Wear clothing that is comfortable and will allow for movement. For example: if you are being seen for a hip, knee, or ankle, wear shorts; for a shoulder injury wear a tank top or loose fitting short sleeves. Jeans, tight leggings and tight long sleeves are not recommended.
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