What Happens During the First Physical Therapy Appointment?
During the first physical therapy appointment, the physical therapist will first do a total patient evaluation. This normally includes a medical history and a range of diagnostic tests. The physical therapist may do a posture assessment, and will typically have the patient demonstrate their current range of motion. The patient and physical therapist will then discuss the goals for treatment and will create a treatment plan together.
What Is Included in Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy includes a range of therapies. The physical therapist will guide patients in performing exercises using both mechanical force and basic body movements. These exercises, known as active physical rehabilitation, are designed to address the specific problems that the patient is dealing with, and they will allow for improved flexibility and range of motion. With the improved flexibility and better range of motion, the patient will become more mobile. Other treatments, including ultrasound therapy, heat therapy, and ice packs, are also used for many physical therapy patients. These non-active modes of physical therapy, known as passive physical therapy, are often very helpful in the treatment of pain and injury. Physical therapy may also include massage therapy. Not only does massage therapy help patients deal with pain, it also helps reduce inflammation and can improve a patient’s ability to move freely.
Do Patients Need a Doctor’s Referral to See a Physical Therapist?
Although the majority of patients do see a physical therapist after a doctor prescribes it, that does not have to be the case. In New York state, patients are able to seek physical therapy without a doctor’s prescription due to the “direct access” laws in the state. However, patients who require more than 30 days of treatment will need a doctor’s prescription to continue after the initial month. Complete Wellness NYC makes the process easy by having both doctors and physical therapists under one roof.
YOGA STUDIO & GYM
At Complete Wellness, we understand the need for convenience. That is why we offer yoga therapy and a rehabilitation center on location! This way your physical therapist, nutritional coach, chiropractor, and your medical doctor can aid you in reaching your fitness goals or healing from injury in a safe, monitored environment. Just some of the equipment we have on location:
- Alter-G zero gravity treadmill
- Full free-weight area
- Yoga studio
- LIVESTRONG (R) stationary bike
- And much more!