Patient Education

What to Expect During Your Physical Therapy Session

If you have never received rehabilitation services before, or have but are new to Premier Performance Physical Therapy, the following information explains what you can expect from our team of talented professionals.

The Initial Session

At the first visit (which lasts about an hour), you will undergo a comprehensive initial evaluation, which includes an extensive history, physical exam, and objective testing and measuring. The therapist will also work with you to establish your rehabilitation goals.

Following the evaluation, an individualized plan of care is developed to meet your specific rehabilitative needs. Whether the objective is flexibility, strength, endurance, or a combination, the therapist creates a comprehensive rehabilitation program focused on total body care, injury prevention, as well as a safe and timely return to work, life, or sports. At this point, treatment is set to begin.

Good to Know

For the first visit, you should bring your insurance card, prescription, and any paperwork that you may have received. It is a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out your paperwork. Additionally, you should bring any type of brace, splint, or crutches that you may be using. Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear to your appointments. In general, physical therapy treatments last one hour.

After The First Visit

Once the plan of care is established, you and the therapist work side-by-side to make sure the goals outlined in the plan are met. Our experienced, professional staff utilizes the most progressive treatment options and techniques to ensure the best possible recovery.

It’s important to ask questions, stay involved in your treatment process, and know what’s going on and why. With physical therapy, pain may be a warning signal. By pushing yourself through too much pain, you may do more harm than good. We will listen attentively to your needs, while calming any worries and explaining any uncertainties.

It is likely that you will receive a home exercise program and instructions. It is imperative that you adhere to the program by doing your exercises in the order and frequency noted. Doing so will help you reduce pain, restore physical function, and ultimately heal faster and get moving again.

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