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Ten Tips to Get the Most out of your Physical Therapy Visit

In our recent newsletter, we shared Ten Tips about how to get the most out of your physical therapy visit. As with many things, you get out what you put in to your physical therapy visit. Here are Ten Tips to help you get the most out of your visit.

Ten Tips to Get the Most out of your Physical Therapy Visit

1. Be on time for all appointments. In fact, come a little early for your first appointment. There is always paperwork to sign and insurance information to be exchanged.

2. Come prepared for your first visit. Bring your Dr’s prescription, insurance card and work out clothing. If possible, download our new patient forms and fill them out prior to your first visit at:

3. Wear exercise clothes and shoes to physical therapy.

4. Put the Blackberry and cell phone away during your appointments. If you can’t bear to part with it, at least put it on vibrate so it does not disturb other patients. Please, do not talk on your cell phone during appointments.

5. Schedule enough time for your appointment so you are not rushed. Usually one hour of treatment time is sufficient, but check with your PT when planning your future appointments. Don’t forget to factor in travel time to and from the facility.

6. Come to physical therapy as prescribed by your physician – usually 2-3 times per week, depending on your specific condition. There is a reason why the Dr prescribed a specific number of visits. Don’t hesitate to ask your PT questions.

7. Remember, healing is a process and takes time. Healing doesn’t happen overnight.

8. Do your home exercises everyday. And if the PT tells you to do them twice per day, he/she really means twice per day.

9. Be Present. Focus on your physical therapy while you are at our facility. Put work and home issues aside. Focus on yourself during your visit — this is your time.

10. Come with a willingness to learn and heal. You will discover your body’s miraculous ability to heal itself.