An informative video by "Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic" states what happens during physical therapist appointments. In this episode, the focus is on day one of physical therapy.
The first step is an exchange between the therapist and the doctor.
Before the patient arrives, the physical therapist speaks to the person's doctor in preparation for the patient's individual needs. The doctor shares information such as injuries, surgeries, and patient history.
When the patient arrives, the next step is a thorough exam of the problem areas. The therapist tests balance, strengths, and weaknesses. There's also a one-on-one discussion between the patient and the therapist concerning goals, problems, and expectations. Once concluded, a plan is created.
Treatment includes on-site therapy with physical therapy equipment. Therapists also create a home exercise therapy program customized for exact care for the patient to continue treatment at home. This mix of discussion, on-site and home treatment continues throughout any other ongoing physical therapist appointments with the goal being to get people back to their everyday healthy lives as soon as possible.