What should i bring to my first appointment?
Here is a list of things to remember:
- The physical therapy prescription from your physician.
- Your completed registration papers, if you printed out the appropriate forms from this site.
- Any and all insurance cards.
- Contact information/claim numbers, especially if this is a work related injury or a motor vehicle accident.
- List of present medications that you may be taking.
- Your medical history: including types/dates of past surgeries or past medical problems that you feel are important for us to know about.
- Appropriate clothing (See description below).
- A ride home, especially if your physician has instructed you not to drive.
APPROXIMATELY HOW LONG WILL EACH TREATMENT SESSION LAST?
The first visit will be a little longer than the subsequent visits, although, in general the visits will be about 45 minutes to an 1 hour long.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY THERAPY SESSIONS?
Before you decide on your physical therapy outfit, it’s important to consider what part of the body you are having treated. Your physical therapist will need to have a good view of the body part in question, so if you’re having physical therapy on your knee, leg, or ankle, it’s important to wear shorts. Here are a few common clothing items that would be good options for a physical therapy appointment:
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows you to move freely. You don’t want tight or heavy materials restricting your range of motion.
- Stick with shorts, or at least loose exercise pants that can comfortably expose your lower leg (all the way up to the knee).
- Choose exercise-appropriate sneakers that comfortably support and cushion your feet. Flimsy flats are a no-go.
IS PHYSICAL THERAPY PAINFUL?
In most cases, no. Our primary goal is to reduce symptoms and get you back to 100% in the quickest and safest way possible. Although, there may be times when therapy can be uncomfortable. If you experience pain, you should immediately inform your therapist.
WHAT IF MY SYMPTOMS WORSEN WHILE ATTENDING THERAPY?
You should always update your Physical Therapist of any changes in the symptoms being treated that way they can adjust their treatment style to fit your rehabilitation needs.
DO I HAVE TO SEE A DOCTOR BEFORE I RECEIVE TREATMENT?
In the State of Wyoming you are allowed to contact a physical therapist without a physician's referral. However, your insurance policy may require a physical therapy script form your primary care physician first. We advise you to check with your insurance company before scheduling an appointment.
HOW MANY VISITS AM I GOING TO NEED?
This depends completely on your symptoms and the severity of the symptoms. Some injuries have a longer recovery time, some are shorter.
WHAT TYPE OF AILMENTS CAN THERAPY TREAT?
A very wide variety of ailments can be treated by therapy including Vertigo, Sports Injuries, Arthritis, Sciatica, and many more.
WHAT ARE THE CLINIC HOURS?
- Rock Springs Clinic
- Mon-Thur 7am-6pm
- Friday 7am-4pm
- Green River Clinic
- Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Will my insurance cover therapy?
We currently are a provider for most major insurances and are able to get approval for smaller plans if needed. Feel free to call our office to confirm approval for your insurance plan. Our goal is to work with our patients in any way possible to help them achieve the services they need.
What if my pain returns after i have completed therapy?
When you are dealing with chronic pain, it is not uncommon to have flare-ups or worsening symptoms. This can happen even after you have positively responded to therapy. If this happens, we would like you to call us immediately before your symptoms get too far out of control. It is much easier to restart and have success quickly than to wait until you are miserable again with pain. A return of pain may mean that you need to cut back on your exercise program or revisit with your physician. We will be happy to consult with you if this should happen.