2 Things To Do When Preparing For Your First Physical Therapy Appointment

After suffering from an injury, your doctor may have decided that you would benefit from going to physical therapy to help with the healing process. After setting the date of your appointment, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to get ready for the first session. If so, the following are a couple of things that you can do while preparing for your first therapy appointment. Contact a physical therapy center for more information. 

1.  Write Down as Much of Your Injury-Related History as Possible

One thing that you can do ahead of time when getting ready for your therapy appointment is to start a journal. In this journal, try to write as much of your injury-related history as possible. It can give your therapist an overall view of how the injury occurred and how it has affected your life.

Parts of this self-history should include a brief description of the accident, followed by the symptoms that you have experienced. Include as accurate a description as you can as far as the location and intensity of any pain, stiffness, or swelling.

You can also include any difficulties with your experience in your day-to-day life that concerns you. The therapist can then use this information as a baseline for their assessment and in deciding on what exercise and treatments would best benefit you.

2.  Gather Together Everything You Will Need for the Appointment

Another thing you can do to prepare for your appointment is to gather everything you need. This includes any pertinent intake information and documents, such as your doctor's order, insurance information, and any test results that they may require. If you are unsure as to what test results you need to bring, contact the center beforehand.

Along with documents and information, you should also plan to take any aides with you, such as crutches or braces. Since you will be required to move a lot for the assessment, wear clothes that allow for free movement. 

Having what you need ready to go and in hand when you arrive at the appointment can help speed up the intake process and can give your therapist a good overall view of your injury so that they have a general idea as to where to start with your sessions. If you have any questions about the therapy or what they will specifically require for your first appointment, contact the physical therapy center before your scheduled date.