Your First Visit At Soul PT
- Better or worse with certain activities or movements or with certain positions, such as sitting or standing?
- More noticeable at certain times of day?
- Relieved or made worse by resting?
- Confined to one location, or does it travel down into one of your limbs?
Write down key information about your medical history, even if it seems unrelated to the condition for which you are seeing the physical therapist. For example:
- Make a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements that you are taking.
- Make a note of any important personal information, including any recent stressful events, injuries environmental factors, or sleep disturbances.
- Tell your physical therapist and clinic staff if you have a hard time seeing or hearing.
Bring any relevant lab, diagnostic, or medical reports, if available, from other health care professionals who have treated you for your current condition.
What to Expect When You Come In:
Comprehensive exam: Depending on your symptoms and condition, your therapist may evaluate your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, blood pressure, and heart and respiration rates.
Goal setting: Your physical therapist will work with you to determine your goals for physical therapy and will begin to develop a plan for your treatment. In many cases, your therapist will make a diagnosis and begin treatment immediately.
Home exercises: Your physical therapist may teach you special exercises to do at home. You may also learn new and different ways to perform your activities at work and home. These new techniques can help minimize pain, reduce strain, avoid re-injury, and speed up your recovery.
Inter-professional communication: Your physical therapist will communicate the important information from your examination to your physician and to other health care professionals at your request.