FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The first visit will consist of a comprehensive evaluation
Colleen will discuss your medical history, current condition, and how these are impacting your daily life. She will also perform an objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
- Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
- Range of Motion (ROM) – she will move joints to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
- Muscle Testing – she may check for strength and the quality of muscle activation. Pain and weakness may be noted.
- Neurological Screening – she may evaluate your sensation, reflexes, strength, pain, vibration, or temperature.
- Special Tests – Colleen may implement special tests to rule in/rule out the presence of a condition
- Posture Assessment – she may assess your posture revealing the relationships among various body parts determining whether these relationships cause or contribute to your pain or discomfort.
Colleen will determine the source of your pain and/or dysfunction and will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems.
Together you will develop a strategic treatment plan established to meet your goals. You will discuss how many times you should work together per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, and what is expected after discharge from therapy.
She will likely provide you with instructions to perform exercises at home independently to begin your recovery. On subsequent visits we will continually reassess your limitations and perform treatment as in our plan.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? HERE ARE MORE ANSWERS
How do I make an appointment?
What should I have ready?
- Please have your initial paperwork completed if possible (download forms here)
- Your physical therapy referral (provided to you by your doctor) and your payment information.
- If your insurance company is covering the cost please have your insurance card available.
- Please also have any recent x-ray reports, MRIs, CT scan results, and blood work results available for her review.
How should I dress?
How long do treatment sessions last?
How many visits will I need?
Is physical therapy a good choice?
Is physical therapy painful?
Physical therapy is meant to reduce pain, not to increase it. Colleen will consistently ask for your feedback and observe your response to specific techniques to determine the best way to help you. Some mobilization techniques can momentarily be uncomfortable. However, on reassessment of your movement dysfunction, you should have better motion and reduction in pain.
In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering from surgeries require regaining your range of motion. After total knee replacement or shoulder surgery regaining that motion may be painful. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to Colleen. She will adjust your treatment as needed to provide comfortable and effective techniques.
What are ongoing therapy visits like?
You and Colleen will discuss your progress and any changes in your symptoms since the last time you worked together. Colleen will reassessment key impairments, perform treatment, and then reassess again to provide observable benefit of treatment.
Treatments will likely include manual therapy techniques, neuromuscular reeducation, therapeutic exercise, and patient education. Based on your response to treatment, the treatment will be continued or modified.