It may be a little intimidating to come in for your first visit with your physical therapist or functional pain manager. Let's answer a few questions to help you feel more at ease.
1. How long will the visit be? The first visit is around 45 minutes. We call it an evaluation. We'll ask critical questions, gathering information about your health history, pain, primary complaint, and any other associated health concerns and issues. We'll run some tests for range of motion, flexibility, strength, posture, and mobility. Don't worry; we'll be sure to get in some treatment after the evaluation. The evaluation is very beneficial as it provides us with a baseline to measure progress and goal achievement. Actively participate in the evaluation. We want to work in partnership with you.
2. What should I bring to my first appointment? We encourage patients to arrive 30 minutes early if they have not filled out any paperwork. If you have filled out paperwork, we ask that you bring it along and arrive 15 minutes before your appointment, allowing us time to review and get you set up in our system. If you have test results, bring those as well. We will take a look at them during the evaluation.
3. How should I dress? You often do not need to undress for the physical therapy exam; however, this is body part dependent. We need to see the trouble area. Restrictive clothing may make it a bit difficult to move around. Most patients find that wearing loose-fitting clothing is helpful. We do have shorts in the office to change into if needed.
4. Are the treatment rooms private? Yes! We have private treatment rooms with doors. There are no treatment tables in our gym area, which is an incredibly unique feature of our clinic.
After the thorough evaluation, we'll provide treatment based on our findings. We utilize a variety of treatment methods. You can learn more about them on our website under Treatments. By the end of your first visit you should be able to answer these 5 questions:
Your first physical therapy visit is the right step to helping you feel less pain and achieve your desired health goals. We strive to provide a positive experience and look forward to seeing you soon.
Have you ever experienced that feeling that you're moving when you're not? Or the feeling that things around you are moving? If you've experienced either of those, you may be experiencing vertigo. It feels similar to motion sickness. We often describe it as being dizzy or as if the room is spinning.
Vertigo attacks can last as short as a few seconds and as long as a couple of hours. Some vertigo causes include spine issues, vascular impairment, central nervous issues, inner-ear infection, and Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (inner ear crystals that are in the wrong place).
As physical therapists, we can address your vertigo, which can be resolved entirely in just a few visits. We use a few different techniques and maneuvers, which help with the mechanical ear imbalances and treat head and neck movements to eliminate symptoms.
There's no need for you to continue feeling that spinning sensation or dizziness. Come see us, so we get you back to feeling your steady self.
It can be so frustrating feeling tired after what should have been a restful night. Sleep is essential to our health and wellbeing. It's a time for our bodies to recover and support us physically, neurologically, and cardiovascularly. Many of us suffer from sleep disturbances. Sleep disturbances are quite prevalent among those with Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and neck and back pain.
A significant factor causing interrupted sleep is Chronic Pain. Achey joints and muscles can prolong falling asleep and make staying asleep difficult.
To improve your sleep, we begin with an evaluation, considering your overall wellness. Along the way, we will educate about sleep hygiene. A few helpful tips include going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day so you can reset your biological clock, use your bed only for sleep, training your brain that bed equals sleep, and avoid napping during the day, making you more tired at night. If these tips are not enough we have a trained doctor in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
Seeing a physical therapist or our insomnia specialist can help decrease pain leading to an increase in sleep. We enable increased mobility and manage pain. We look at the whole health picture and educate how the body and mind functions work together, providing you with more restful nights.
Did you know that physical therapists hold advanced degrees? Years ago, you could practice physical therapy with just a certificate which quickly became a bachelor's degree. While a bachelor's degree was previously enough, it now does not allow a person enough time to get the necessary experience and knowledge of expanding healthcare.
Becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is competitive and challenging. It involves three years of additional schooling plus, on average, 1,500 hours of clinical rotations. As physical therapy has significantly progressed over time, the increase in education greatly benefits both therapist and patient. When you see a DPT, know that their title represents years of study and preparation to bring you the very best care. At Rainey Pain & Performance we hire Doctors of Physical Therapy. We then continue to heavily invest in continuing education so we can bring you the best, up to date knowledge.