Your first Physical Therapy visit will consist of an evaluation and the beginning of treatment. The evaluation will include talking with your therapist about your current problems and goals. The therapist will then complete a thorough examination that may include measurements of joint motion, joint strength, swelling, walking assessment, and many special tests to ensure that the therapist has the full picture of your current impairment. Your first treatment will often include training in activities to participate in at home to speed your recovery. One of our goals at KPT is to ensure that our patients have a full understanding of their current injury and how to progress from here.
What Do I Need To Bring With Me?
For your first visit, please bring all of the following that you have:
Operative report if you are being seen following surgery
Any imaging or testing reports related to current injury
Worker’s comp information if this is a workman’s comp injury
Prior authorization if required by insurance
How Should I Dress?
During a physical therapy evaluation and treatment, you will be moving around. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. Certain techniques require access to skin surrounding the area, so shorts are often best for lower body injuries.
How Long Will Each Treatment Last?
Typical treatment lasts approximately one hour, but may be longer or shorter based upon the needs of the patient.
How Many Visits Will I Need?
This is a question that will be addressed during the initial evaluation. Depending on the extent of the injury, the needs of each individual patient will vary. During the initial evaluation, your physical therapist and you will determine a plan that works best regarding frequency and duration of therapy.
Why Is Physical Therapy A Good Choice?
Physical therapists pride themselves in being specialists in the science of movement. PTs have extensive training in the anatomy of the body, pathology of injury, and the proper ways to rehabilitate following an injury or surgery.
What Do Physical Therapists Do?
Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.
Why are People Referred to Physical Therapy?
People are referred to address their impairments in order to return to their daily activities, work related duties and recreational involvements without limitations or pain.
Why Should I Choose a Private Practice Physical Therapist?
Private practice clinics allow the clinics to be patient centered, driven by patients needs and not limited to corporate productivity standards.
Who Pays For The Treatment?
In many cases, medically necessary physical therapy treatment is a benefit that is covered by insurance companies. Based on your insurance plan, there may be deductibles or copays that are your responsibility. Each insurance plan is different, but our knowledgeable office staff can help you to determine what your coverage benefits are.
Who Will See Me?
At Kenai Physical Therapy, a physical therapist will see you for each visit. We are passionate about making sure each patient gets the highest level of care possible, so every visit is with a physical therapist.
First Visit Patient Forms that need to be filled out: