What to Expect During your First Treatment

At Pullman Sports Physical Therapy we take a comprehensive approach, combining manual therapy, patient education, and therapeutic exercise to enhance the recovery of our patients and to return them to an active lifestyle in the shortest time possible. When you choose Pullman Sports as your rehabilitation provider, here’s what to expect along your journey to maximum recovery.

New patient information
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Arrive 15 minutes prior to your first appointment to allow the receptionist to complete your chart and not use up any treatment time with the therapist.

We will need a photo identification, a copy of your insurance card and any prescription that your doctor has given you.
What to Expect with the therapist

Evaluation
Your treatment begins with a focused evaluation, which includes health history and overall health assessment. A physical examination is then conducted to assess your range of motion, sensation awareness, pain levels, strength, and ability to perform specific functional tasks.

Goal Setting
Using information gathered during the evaluation, you and your therapist will establish a treatment plan and therapy goals designed to help you achieve recovery as quickly and safely as possible.

Treatment
Your treatment program will initially focus on relieving your symptoms and stabilizing your condition. This will be accomplished using a wide range of interventions to facilitate necessary physical changes. Treatment then progresses to strengthening and regaining maximum movement and function. Exercise and strengthening programs are tailored to meet individual goals. In addition, you will learn ways to prevent future problems and maintain health.

Education
Since your understanding and participation are essential to achieving your treatment goals, you will be taught strategies to take control of your body and its healing process from day one. Education is part of what we do as physical therapists. Expect to receive a home program that will include both flexibility and strengthening techniques.

Communication
Open communication is vital between you and your therapist, and we encourage you to ask questions during the course of your therapy.

Wellness
Throughout treatment, you will gain valuable knowledge that empowers you to take control of your physical health and experience the best physical health life can offer.

What to Wear to Your PT Appointment
In order to make the most of your physical therapy sessions, we ask that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Exercise clothing, such as sweats, t-shirts, and shorts are most appropriate.

What You Can Do
Because you are the primary focus of your care, your active participation is essential to a successful rehabilitation program. The following guidelines are highly recommended to enhance the achievement of your goals.

  • Follow through with any prescribed home exercise programs.
  • Report any significant changes in symptoms, medications, and function.
  • Keep all scheduled appointments.
  • Arrive on time to all appointment to provide maximum time with your therapist.