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For most appointments, you should expect to be with our physical therapists approximately 1 hour; however, leave yourself an hour and a half to be in the office. This will give you sufficient time to fill out the paper work involved in your first visit as well as give you enough time to schedule your follow up visits.
New patient paperwork must be downloaded from this website. If you are a women's health client, please fill out the women's health first-visit packet. Otherwise please fill out the orthopedic patient first-visit packet. It should be completed prior to your first appointment and brought in with you to your first appointment.
Our review of your past medical records or past tests (that relate to your symptoms) can be an essential component to your overall evaluation. These records can be faxed or mailed to our Columbia, MD office. Alternatively, you may bring a copy for the physical therapist to your initial appointment. NOTE: Radiologic films such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI will not be read here, but a copy of the radiology report may be useful in certain conditions.
Initially, your physical therapist will completely review your past medical history, especially as it applies to the reason you are being seen at Her Health Physical Therapy. Your therapist will then go over any other paperwork you have completed for us prior to your first visit. This paperwork addresses your medical history, your symptoms and any related issues for which you need answers. Then your physical therapist will review the reports from other physicians that may be applicable to your current condition. This review will take approximately 25 minutes and sometimes longer. You will have time to mention all information you believe to be pertinent. A good medical history cannot be rushed, and we will not do so. Next, your physical therapist will perform a very thorough physical exam. We will make every effort to limit all discomfort associated with this exam, never causing pain in our examination. The exam will take approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the complexity of the condition. After the physical examination, you will have an opportunity to discuss your diagnosis, options of conservative care and your prognosis. We will strive to provide a very thorough review of the current information that is known about your medical condition. A written plan of care will be faxed to the physician of your choice. Again, we know that this discussion cannot be rushed and you will not leave until all of your questions have been answered. You may have someone join you at all parts of your visit, just during the consultations, or not at all. Your comfort and wellness is our primary concern.
We do have a policy to call and confirm each intial evalutation and we will make every effort to reach you by phone. There are no calls for follow-up appointments if indicated.
Please, be on time. Make a list of questions for your physical therapist and bring that to the appointment. Fill out the questionnaires given you prior to your first visit thoroughly. This will enable your physician to make the most out of their time with you. Provide a list of all medications you have used/are using and a prepare, as best you can, a timeline of their use and any comments on whether or not they are helpful.
To be a women's health physical therapist, first you need a Masters or Doctorate in physical therapy. Once you have either of these two graduate degrees, you then need to take at least basic courses in women's health physical therapy. These courses will give further training in pelvic floor muscle treatment and assessment. It would be ideal if your treating therapist also had a mentor that helped to ensure the best possible women's health practices. Other then this there are no specific requirements to be a women's health physical therapist.
Most of our physical therapists at Her Heath Physical Therapy have taken advanced course work and more then one women's health physcial therapy course and/or have had extensive mentoring. One of our therapists has become a Certified Women's Health Physical Therapist and others are working toward becoming certified. A certified women's health physical therapist is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists as being highly knowledgeable in the field of women's health. You'll see the letters WSC after their name if they have this certification.
Your physical therapist will best be able to answer this after your initial evaluation. In general all patients will start off at a minimum of 1x/week and a maximum of 3x/week. This often quickly decreases as your condition improves sometimes dropping to 1x/month until discharge. Discuss with your therapist any concerns you have regarding your budget and time constraints and they will work with you to solve any of these issues as best they can.