First time in physical therapy? No worries! Here is a brief run down of what your first visit may be like.
First, if you are having trouble bearing weight through your leg, have tenderness at a bony prominence such as your ankle bone or knee cap, or cannot bend your knee past a 90-degree angle you should go to your physician to receive an X-Ray. If this is not the case, and you as the patient feel like you have an injury of musculoskeletal nature, you can come to Physical therapy without a Medical Doctors referral.
On your first day in PT, we would evaluate your injury with various special tests to ensure you do not have any serious ligamentous instability at the major joints of your body (ankle, knee, hip). From receiving a good history of the nature of your injury, we would then focus on a specific tissue that is injured and focus on relieving any pain you may be experiencing the first treatment. We can do this through various manual therapy techniques, Astym therapy, electrical stimulation, and other modalities. We as PT’s also want to observe your movement patterns with various tasks to see if they are dysfunctional, and possibly the cause of your injury.
A commonly injured body part in skiers are their knees. This is often due to side-side or rotational forces that are produced with the motion of skiing. A faulty movement pattern which increases the risk for these knee injuries is when knees collapse inward during a squat motion. This is often due to weak hip musculature/poor muscular control. In our sessions we will work to help improve your hip strength and help you break these dysfunctional movement patterns over time, so that future injury risk is much lower.
If you have any questions about your first day, please call one of our clinics to get more info, or contact me at my email - firstname.lastname@example.org