On your first visit...

Please arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed. You can download the forms here. You will provide us with your referral for physical therapy,if you have one, as well as copies of any reports such as x-rays, MRI, operative reports, etc. You will provide us with a list of all of the medications you take, including dosage and frequency.

The therapist will discuss the following:
  • Your medical history
  • Your current problems/complaints
  • Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem
  • How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations
  • Your goals with physical therapy
The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
  • Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
  • Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restriction.
  • Muscle Testing - the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
  • Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well
  • Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
  • Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.