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Preparing your first physical therapy appointment


March 25, 2020

So you’ve signed up for your first physical therapy appointment...now what? You might be wondering what to expect, what to bring, who you will see, and what paperwork will be involved. If you have never been to our offices or to any physical therapy, you might be curious about what to expect. Here at North Platte Physical Therapy, we want all your experiences at our clinics to be easy, straight-forward, and comfortable. Rest assured that we will do our best to welcome you, make you feel at ease, and get you on your way to restored health in a timely manner. 
 
Before your visit, please download and print the intake forms, fill them out prior to your appointment, and bring them with you to your first visit. This will save you time in-office, and you can take as much time as you need to fill them out. See our first time physical therapy visit page and click on the appropriate forms button to correspond with your location. Also bring your doctor’s referral with you (your prescription for therapy) and any relevant diagnostic reports you may have (x-ray, MRI, etc.).
 
For your appointment, wear comfortable clothing that will allow the physical therapist access to the body part for which you are being seen. We suggest that you arrive 10 – 15 minutes before the start of your first scheduled appointment to complete the registration process. When you arrive, we will take your filled-out paperwork, any diagnostic reports, and get a copy of your insurance card and driver’s license. After that, the first part of your initial evaluation involves an interview, where you will meet with your therapist to discuss your medical history, the story of what brings you into therapy.
 
Be prepared to answer questions such as:
  • What types of symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How long have you been experiencing these symptoms?
  • What aggravates and eases these symptoms?
  • How did it start?

Please be sure to tell your physical therapist about any previous physical therapy treatment you may have had, as well as the results. Come ready with questions! This is your time to ask whatever questions you may have. The next step will be your examination.  
 
After your interview and evaluation, we will explain our assessment of your condition and your individual plan of care. After that, we will begin your treatment. And since you will only spend two to three hours a week receiving treatment with us, follow-through with your home exercise program will help you attain your goals much faster. After your appointment, please remember to check in with our receptionists on your way out. They will coordinate your follow-up treatments.
 
Thank you for choosing North Platte Physical Therapy. We suggest you browse through our common physical rehabilitation questions page, and check out our locations page for directions to the facility that is most convenient for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.