How do I get started?
At Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute, we've made it very easy for you to get started. All of the contact information for all six of our offices is located here, making it easy for you to get in touch with us. Typically, we can see you within 24 hours of your call, and that call is the first step in getting you back on the road to recovery.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Upon arrival at our office, you will meet your personal licensed physical therapist who will work closely with you throughout your entire recovery process. You will be asked to fill out some basic paperwork (don't forget to bring in your prescription for physical therapy and any written information -- operative reports, X-ray and/or MRI results -- you have about your injury). The physical therapist consultant will then ask you a series of questions about your past and present medical conditions, before performing a comprehensive evaluation of your muscles, joints, nerves, tendons, and ligaments including range of motion, strength and functional testing. Based on your physician's diagnosis, our prognosis, and your personal goals, an individual treatment plan will be devised. You will receive treatment and home exercises on your first visit. Future appointments will also be scheduled.
What types of treatments do you perform?
We perform various types of treatments, and will customize a program combining the best treatments geared toward your particular problem. The types of treatments we do include Manual Therapy, Neuro-dynamic techniques, soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, stretching and functional strengthening therapeutic exercises. The treatment program will vary based on your needs, and will be performed in a private treatment room as well as a gym setting using a variety of athletic and rehabilitation equipment.
How often will I need to attend physical therapy?
Most patients are treated two to three times per week. The total duration of physical therapy will depend on the severity of your problem. The more committed you are to your recovery (meaning, you regularly attend your PT sessions), the more likely you are to recover faster. We try to set up permanent appointment times for you to help make scheduling consistent. We offer early morning and evening appointments in order to enable you to fit PT into your busy schedule.
How long will each appointment take?
Each visit is approximately one hour in duration. During each visit, you will spend half of the time with your physical therapist receiving manual treatment (deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, electric stimulation or other forms of specialized treatment for your injury), and a half hour working on strengthening the injured area via specific exercises and stretches under your Physical Therapist direct supervision.
Is there anything I can do at home to help speed the recovery process along?
Absolutely. We will customize a home treatment program—comprised of advice on how to reduce your pain, exercises and stretches--for you so that you can continue your rehabilitation process in between physical therapy sessions. It is essential that you follow the instructions and perform the home exercises regularly to control your symptoms and speed up recovery.
Do you know my doctor?
We are always in close communication with your doctor through frequent progress letters and phone calls. We both share the same goal of helping you recover as quickly as possible, thus, work as a team to make sure that this happens.