Physical therapy is an important component of a sports medicine rehabilitation
plan. With physical therapy, you can achieve relief of pain, as well as
improved mobility and flexibility. Patients who have suffered acute injuries
or repetitive stress injuries can both benefit from physical therapy.
Preparing for your appointment can help you get the most out of your treatment program.
Prepare a List of Questions and Concerns
It’s easy to forget important information during a physical therapy
session. You may wish to bring along a list of your questions and concerns.
For example, you could ask the physical therapist how many sessions you
might need, and whether you should do exercises and stretches at home
between appointments. If you sustained an injury in a sports activity,
you could also ask the physical therapist about ways of modifying your
reduce the risk of future injury.
Write Notes Regarding Your Medical History
Your physical therapist will need to know your complete medical history,
including any other conditions or illnesses you’ve been diagnosed
with. Write down a list of any medications or supplements you take. You
could also write a list of your symptoms. Be as specific as possible.
For example, you could make a note of certain activities that worsen your symptoms.
Bring Relevant Medical Documents
As with other medical appointments, you may need to bring certain documents
with you. Gather together your insurance information and a referral from
your primary care physician, if applicable. You may have previously had
imaging scans, such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
If so, bring copies of these scans or have the imaging center send over
a digital copy. Bring along copies of any test results you may have received.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
During your physical therapy session, your therapist will ask you to complete
certain exercises and stretches. It’s best to dress in comfortable
clothing that allows freedom of movement. Wear athletic shoes that grip
the floor well.
If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming physical therapy
appointment at Manhattan Total Health, you can reach us at (917) 780-4846. Our other
healthcare services include chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and physiatry.
With four locations throughout the city, arranging physical therapy in
New York, NY has never been more convenient.