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New York State defines Physical Therapy as:

“… the evaluation, treatment, or prevention of disability, injury, disease or other condition of health using physical, chemical, and mechanical means including, but not limited to, heat, cold, light, air, water, sound, electricity, massage, mobilization, and therapeutic exercise with or without assistive devices, and the performance and interpretation of tests and measurements to assess pathophysiological, pathomechanical, and developmental deficits of human systems to determine treatment, and assist in diagnosis and prognosis using a variety of modalities.”

Choosing Your Physical Therapist.


While your physician or surgeon may refer you to a particular physical therapy practice, New York State gives you the freedom to choose the physical therapist that you believe will provide the best treatment during your rehabilitation. (For more information, visit the American Physical Therapy Association’s website.)
By law, you are allowed to see a physical therapist for up to 10 visits within 30 days without a prescription, but always check with your insurance company first to determine your plan’s guidelines regarding benefits.

Wading River Physical Therapy is proud to have established a strong reputation for excellence among our patients, doctors, and surgeons. You can read some of their recommendations here.

What to expect on your First Visit.


Welcome to Wading River Physical Therapy! We are glad you chose us and are excited to be a part of your healthcare team!

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
Please arrive 20 minutes early to complete paperwork if not completed.

Bring with you:

  • Picture Identification
  • Insurance Cards

When available:

  • Prescription from physician
  • Imaging (x-rays, MRI)
  • MD protocols, reports

Physical Therapy Examination
During your initial visit a licensed physical therapist will perform your evaluation. Evaluations are varied and are often dependent on a patient’s needs, presentation, age, medical diagnosis, tolerance and physical function. Your evaluation may include all or part of the following.
 

Medical History
Patient questionnaire, patient interview, medical documentation, medications and interview.
 
Physical Examination

  • Review of Systems (health in general)

    Patient questionnaire, medical documentation and interview.

  • Musculoskeletal Assessment

    Physiological structure, posture, strength, range of motion, muscle balance, joint integrity, tests and measurements, muscle tone, imaging, orthopedic clinical special testing.

  • Neurological Assessment

    Sensation, reflexes, nerve root impingement tests, neuro tissue tension, muscle tone, coordination and quality of movement oculomotor.

  • Cardio Pulmonary Assessment (Vitals)

    Blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory, oxygen saturation.

  • Integumentary Assessment

    Examination, palpation.

  • Functional Ability

    Functional tests, standardized tests and measures, gait assessment, balance, coordination, patient questionnaire, activities of daily living assessment.

  • Vestibular

    Balance, vestibular testing.

Treatment Plan and goals
After an in-depth examination is completed a detailed treatment plan with associated short term and long term goals are assembled. The goals and treatment plan are made with your input and physician in mind.
 
Education
Questions will be answered concerning your diagnosis, physical therapy examination, treatment plan and goals. Instruction on safety, activity modification and home exercise plan may start.
 
Treatment
Physical therapy treatment varies and is often as varied as there are diagnosis and individual presentations. There are more common treatments that include hands on Manual Techniques, Modalities (such as Heat, Cold, Ultrasound), Therapeutic Exercises, Balance Therapy, Gait Training, Vestibular, and Neurological Intervention.
Physical Therapy is most effective when you the patient are fully engaged in your rehabilitation and are willing to follow a home protocol that often incudes exercises, precautions, modified activities and following your medical doctor’s direction.

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