Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. After making a diagnosis, physical therapists create personalized treatment plans that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease. Physical therapists empower people to be active participants in their own treatment, and they work collaboratively with other health professionals to ensure patients receive comprehensive care. Source: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/AboutPTsPTAs/Default.aspx
Dress comfortably so you are free to move. Typically, patients wear shorts or loose pants, that allow for movement. Shoes should be supportive, such as a good-fitting pair of walking shoes/running shoes.
An initial evaluation (IE) is considered your first visit as a patient of our clinic. A free consultation does not count as an IE. The IE is a more detailed visit with your physical therapist to determine a plan of care to best treat your condition. Often this includes a conversation about your condition, health history, and goals. These visits often include stretches and exercises. Following your IE, you will work with us to schedule your next visits to help you get back to doing life better.
A free consultation is a great opportunity to meet with a therapist to talk over your concerns. We do not even collect your insurance information. It truly is a free visit. The benefits are:
- It’s not time-consuming, these are short visits to get you in and out so you’re able to continue on with your day.
- It helps you determine next steps for your care.
- It’s a good intro to how physical therapy may help you.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow you to contact a physical therapist without a physician's referral. (Your insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first or limit your access to preferred providers only.) If your physician refers you for physical therapy to be provided in the physician's office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest, know that you are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility. Source: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Choose.aspx