Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Therapy

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

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Physical therapy is often prescribed for orthopedic injuries that are too severe for self-treatment. If you have been referred to a physical therapist, you probably have many questions.

Luckily for you, the physical therapists at OSG have decades of experience helping patients overcome a variety of different injuries and medical conditions. Here are their expert answers to some of your most frequently asked questions:

What can I expect from my first visit?

During your first visit, your therapist will administer an initial evaluation. This includes discussing your medical history, current medications, recent tests, and procedures. You will also be asked questions about where you are experiencing your pain, the intensity of it, and what aggravates it. You will then be assessed on things such as your flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. After the evaluation has been completed, your therapist will explain your personalized treatment plan and recovery timeline.

What do I need to bring with me?

Patients should bring their prescription or referral paperwork, photo identification, an insurance card, and payment information.

What should I wear to my appointment?

Wear comfortable, exercise-appropriate clothing and footwear. Your clothing should either expose the area being treated (i.e. wear shorts for a knee injury), or be loose-fitting so the injured area can easily be accessed. If possible, remove all jewelry before your appointment.

What type of treatment will be provided?

It all depends on the nature and severity of your injury. Treatments may include massage therapy, range of motion exercises, isometrics, resistance training, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, water aerobics, or heat therapy.

How many treatments do I need?

Again, the number of treatments varies for each individual patient. In some cases, one or two visits is enough. Other situations may require months of therapy. Your progress is constantly re-evaluated to ensure you are receiving the amount of therapy that is best for your recovery.

Where can I find a qualified physical therapist?

Connecticut residents need to look no further than Orthopaedic Specialty Group for their physical therapy needs. With three physical therapy centers conveniently located throughout Fairfield County, help is never far away. Call (203) 337-2600 to speak with our professional staff, or visit us online.