Physical therapy is an effective treatment modality for patients who are
recovering from sports injuries or from surgery. Ahead of your first appointment,
it’s a good idea to call the clinic to ask what you should bring.
Generally, your physical therapist will need to see your health history
forms, lab reports if applicable, and any imaging scans you may have had.
Wear comfortable, athletic clothing that allows easy access to the injured
Your physical therapy appointment will begin with a thorough review of
your health history. Explain your diagnoses, medications, and other relevant
facets of your wellness. Expect your physical therapist to ask plenty
of questions about your injury and symptoms, such as how you first acquired
the injury, how long you’ve had symptoms, and which activities worsen
or improve your symptoms. The goal of physical therapy is to restore each
patient to an optimum level of functioning. To accomplish this, your physical
therapist will likely ask you about your goals. If you’re an athlete,
your goal might be to get back on the field or in the gym. Or, your goal
might simply be to make it through a work day without pain.
Your examination will focus on your injury or condition and your current
level of functioning. Expect your physical therapist to palpate the injured
body part, which means to feel it manually. He or she will move the body
part in certain ways to check your range of motion. Physical therapists
also typically assess a patient’s strength, functional mobility,
balance, and neurological function.
Based on his or her findings, your physical therapist will design a customized
treatment plan to improve your symptoms, restore your functioning, and help you achieve your rehabilitation goals.
Initially, your treatment may consist of therapies designed to control
your symptoms, such as ultrasound or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
(TENS). You can also expect to work through a series of stretches and
exercises to rehabilitate the injured body part.
The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers is a leading provider of
personalized physical therapy in The Woodlands. We offer both land and
aquatic therapy that is designed specifically for the needs of each individual
patient. Get started on the path toward rehabilitation and
better wellness by calling a friendly staff member at (281) 362-0006.