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DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY?
As of October 1, 2006, Connecticut patients can have direct access to physical therapy services. This means you will not have to see a physician first before seeing a therapist. However, a prescription from a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant is required for hand therapy services provided by Performance’s hand therapists..
ARE ANY OF THE THERAPISTS SPECIALIZED?
Yes, many of our therapists on staff have specialties. We have therapists who are board certified in sports rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, and hand therapy. Some of our therapists are also certified strength and conditioning specialists, golf fitness instructors, certified active release therapists, and manual therapists.
WHAT CLOTHES DO I NEED TO BRING FOR TREATMENT?
We recommend that for physical therapy you wear the same clothes you would wear to the gym for a workout. For other integrated health services, it depends on what treatment you are having. Clothes should allow your therapist to work easily on your injury or area of concern. If you are coming in for a lower extremity injury like knee or ankle sprain, shorts are appropriate. For an upper extremity injury, such as rotator cuff tear or a hand or elbow injury, a tank top or a t-shirt is appropriate.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE INITIAL EXAMINATION?
The initial consultation consists of a thorough review of the patient’s medical history leading up to the injury/illness. A comprehensive examination is performed, and includes the assessment of posture, joint mechanics, range of motion, strength, muscle integrity, and flexibility. Following the evaluation, we educate the patient about the injury and how the course of rehabilitation will proceed.
DO YOU CORRESPOND WITH MY REFERRING DOCTOR?
We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication with every referring physician. We send typewritten updates to each patient’s referring physician following the initial consultation, and we follow up with a progress letter every four to six weeks.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE HOME EXERCISES?
Home exercises and patient education are the keys to a quick recovery. Consistent performance and repetition give you the opportunity to aid your own healing process.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I PLAN ON FOR MY PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSION?
A physical therapy session runs 45 minutes to one hour. Performance Physical Therapy prides itself on starting appointments on time. Therefore, we ask that you arrive a few minutes before your appointment. In addition, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your first appointment to make sure that all paperwork is complete.
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