During your first appointment, your therapist will build a more complete understanding of your problem. He or she will gather extensive information about the history and nature of your symptoms and perform tests and measurements to establish your current ability levels.
Your therapist will explain how the findings of the examination relate to specific anatomical or physiological problems. Then he or she will outline the best course of care to make you feel better and optimize your functional abilities.
You’ll partner with your therapist to determine meaningful and specific goals that will be used to track your progress from visit to visit. You may be provided with a home exercise program to get you started on your road to recovery.
Positive physical therapy results depend largely on your adherence to the home exercise regime established by your therapist. You’ll receive handouts that outline the frequency and duration of the exercises. Before you try them at home, your therapist will make sure you can perform them correctly and safely. Patients who follow their home exercise program report faster progress toward their goals and tend to need fewer therapy appointments.
Access to the symptomatic body part is important during both the evaluation and follow-up treatment sessions. For shoulder and elbow problems, please wear a loose-fitting T-shirt or tank top. Shorts are preferred for knee problems. An elastic waistband is helpful for low-back conditions. If you have neck problems and long hair, please bring something to pull it back.
You’re welcome to bring a change of clothes to your appointment. Private treatment rooms are available for extra privacy. You may be asked to wear a hospital gown if your therapist can’t access the relevant body part.
Please bring the following items to your first appointment:
After the initial evaluation, your therapist will send your plan of care to the referring doctor. Additional progress notes may be sent in correlation with your follow-up physician appointments or when deemed appropriate by your therapist. If there’s a specific issue you’d like your therapist to communicate to your physician, please discuss it during any therapy appointment.
Physical Rehabilitation, Brentwood
350 John Muir Parkway, Suite 250, Brentwood, CA 94513
Outpatient Rehabilitation: (925) 308-8160
Tice Valley Outpatient Center
1914 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation: (925) 988-7595
Physical Rehabilitation Center, Concord
2700 Grant St., Suite 300, Concord, CA 94520
Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation: (925) 674-2125
Physical Rehabilitation Center, Pleasant Hill
3480 Buskirk Ave., Suite 150, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation: (925) 947-5300