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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What should I expect when coming here for the first time?
A: The first phase of your evaluation consists of the physical therapist taking a thorough history. This history taking will
include asking as many pertinent questions to best understand the issue that brought you in, review any previous studies
or reports, and make sure we are on the same page with your expectations & goals. This is the most important part of
the appointment because it sets the tone for what tests will be selected during the physical examination. The findings
in the physical examination will determine what treatments are selected. Occasionally the first phase can take up most
of the appointment depending on how much the patient needs to talk and or how many questions the physical therapist needs
to ask. More questions tend to lead to better outcomes and happier patients.
The second portion of the appointment will
be a physical examination consisting of a selection of tests based on what your physical therapist learned during the
first phase of the appointment. Choosing tests pertinent to your situation allows our therapists to figure out what is
most effected the first time around.
During the final phase, your physical therapist will confirm or deny any suspicions
you have, clarify questions, explain what is going on based on the history and physical examination, let you know patient
versus therapist responsibility in your care and give you pertinent prescribed exercises to be completed at home prior
to your next visit. The exercises will be given to you via text, email and or print options.
Most importantly, you will
be with your assigned physical therapist for the duration of your care. This improves continuity, eliminates the wasted
time explaining your story to another staff member, builds rapport with your therapist and reduces stress leading to
the best possible outcome.
Q: What should I bring when coming here for the first time?
A: Here are the things you want to bring:
1. New patient paperwork filled out. Prescription for physical therapy from your doctor. Physical Therapy Protocol for your
therapist to follow if you had surgery. List of current medications (hand written or typed).
2. Insurance card Identification
such as driver’s license.
3. Any pertinent imaging films or reports such as x ray, MRI.
4. Running or walking shoes. Shorts if
you have a hip, knee or foot/ankle issue. T shirt or tank top if you have a neck, shoulder, upper back issue.
Q: What is direct access?
A: Direct access means having access to a physical therapists' services for evaluation and treatment without getting a prescription
from a doctor beforehand. Some patients have had to wait 2-4 weeks for an uncomplicated diagnosis to see a doctor and
ultimately got referred to physical therapy anyway. With direct access that wait time is no longer an issue. Patients
can get access to proper care sooner than later which can make a big difference in how much time and money is spent to
resolve the condition.
Some patients have come to Kaizen Physical Therapy via direct access with signs and symptoms out
of the scope of physical therapy practice. If this happens to you, the physical therapist will refer you to a medical
provider of a different specialty to get the proper care you need. After the other signs and symptoms are addressed by
the other specialist, you may return for physical therapy treatment if appropriate.
Kaizen Physical Therapy PLLC
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am - 7 pm; Sat 8 am - 12 pm
Early AM, late PM and Saturday morning appointments are available
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