A physical, occupational or speech therapist is a medical provider that not every person will see in a year. It might not be until after an injury or accident that you are even introduced to therapy and how it can help you. That's why knowing what to expect and what to bring to your first visit can help make it a lot easier to begin your path to recovery.
PRINTABLE PATIENT FORMS
Save time before your first visit by printing and completing some of our required patient forms now:
WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE TO THERAPY?
- Your signed doctor's prescription or referral form for therapy
- Your current health insurance card
- A list of current medications you are taking
- Photo identification, such as a driver's License
- For physical therapy, be sure to wear comfortable clothing, such as sweat pants, shorts or clothes you can easily move in, and sneakers or athletic footwear
- Any completed patient forms (above)
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THERAPY?
Your first visit to Memorial Outpatient Therapy will typically last about 60 minutes and includes an initial evaluation.
It consists of a detailed evaluation and discussion between you and your therapist to establish your therapy goals. Your therapist will incorporate those goals into a customized Plan of Care which will also include the therapist’s evaluation findings, prognosis and any special instructions from your doctor.
WHAT ARE FOLLOW-UP THERAPY VISITS LIKE? HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO COME TO THERAPY?
There is not one definite answer to either of these questions.
Because each person is different, the Plan of Care and rate of recovery for each individual is different, too.
EDUCATION DURING THERAPY
Education is a very important component during therapy. During each treatment session, Memorial’s therapists will instruct you in a home exercise program, proper body mechanics and posture and the use of any special equipment you may need. The therapist will assess how well you transfer the skills you learn in therapy into your daily life and will continually reassess your progress toward meeting your rehabilitation goals. This helps in planning your next therapy session, ultimately preparing for your successful discharge from therapy.