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What should I bring with me on the first visit?

Please bring you're prescription (see below ), your drivers license or state ID, insurance card or claim information, and appropriate clothing.

  •  The State of Michigan no longer requires a physician’s signed prescription for physical therapy. The State allows therapists to perform an evaluation and provide treatment without a prescription for 21 days or 10 visits, whichever comes first. There are a few other circumstances when you should see a Doctor.  Some insurance companies still require a prescription for physical therapy.  Call our office with you insurance information and we would be happy to check for you. 

What should I Wear?

You should wear comfortable clothing or gym clothing (if you have it) and athletic/gym shoes.  Depending on they type of injury and your specific treatment plan you may be doing movements that require clothing that can move with you. 

What should I expect on my first visit?

  • The Free Consultation

This is a scheduled conversation with the Physical Therapist to make sure that Thrive Rehabilitation is right for you, your health and about the specific condition for which you are seeing the physical therapist. Detailed information about you and your condition will help the physical therapist determine whether you are likely to benefit from physical therapy and which treatments are most likely to help you. 

  • The Examination

Your physical therapist will perform a detailed examination. Depending on your symptoms and condition, the physical therapist might evaluate your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, blood pressure, and heart and respiration rates. Your physical therapist might use his or her hands to examine or "palpate" the affected area or to perform a detailed examination of the mobility of your joints, muscles, and other tissues.

  • Your physical therapist will 

    • ask you specific questions about your home or work environment, your health habits and activity level, and your leisure and recreational interests so that the therapist can help you become as active and independent as possible.

    • work with you to determine your goals for physical therapy and will begin to develop a plan for your treatment. In many cases, the physical therapist will make a diagnosis and begin treatment almost immediately.

    • work with you to improve or maintain your ability to do your daily tasks and activities

    • educate you on areas such as at home exercises, new or different ways to perform activities at home or work, and the pain relief process, etc.

    • communicate the important information from your examination to your physician and to other health care professionals at your request

    • continually recheck your progress and work with you to plan for your discharge from physical therapy when you are ready. Make sure you talk with your physical therapist about what you should do after discharge if you have questions, or if your symptoms or condition worsen.

Am I Expected to keep my appointments?

Yes:  You are expected to keep your appointments but we do understand that life happens.  Please just let us know as early as possible so our therapists schedules can be amended.  

  • Arrive for treatment sessions at the scheduled time or a few minutes early so you are prepared. Late arrival may affect not only your 1-on-1 time with the therapist, but that of other patients in the clinic.

Are there any questions we did not answer? Please feel free to give us a call or contact us. 

  • Please say you did not see it on the list of FAQ so we can add it on.  Chances are there are others out there wondering the same thing! 

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