What can I expect at my first physical therapy visit?
Plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes ahead of your appointment time to check in and complete your initial paperwork. During your appointment, your physical therapist will take a thorough history and do a careful physical exam. It’s good to give some thought ahead of time to your physical therapy goals. We allow time for an initial treatment and a discussion of a plan of care. You should expect some homework; your work at home will speed along our work with you!
What should I wear or bring?
Your physical therapist will need easy access to the area of your body to be examined. We can provide gowns, johnnies or shorts for you to change into, or you may feel more comfortable bringing your own. Sports bras usually get in the way if we’re examining your upper body. If we’re examining your lower body and you choose to wear shorts to your appointment, make sure they’re loose fitting.
Will I see the same therapist every time?
You’ll see the same physical therapist for each appointment. We believe that continuity of care is fundamentally important to achieving our goals with you. If your therapist is going to be out of town, you may be asked to see a different person. Or, in some cases, another member of our team may be able to provide a more specialized approach for your issues. The choice will always be up to you!
How often do I come for PT visits?
At the end of your first appointment, we’ll discuss the best approach to fit your needs—how often a patient visits and for how long is unique to each patient.
What if I am also seeing other healthcare providers like a chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist or personal trainer?
Working collaboratively with your team of healthcare providers is something that sets Foothills apart and makes us special. More importantly, we know that strong collaborative care improves outcomes. Just let us know, and we’ll be happy to work with your other providers.
Can I see you without a referral?
Of course! In the state of New Hampshire, you can legally see a physical therapist without a referral from your physician. However, some insurance companies require a referral for reimbursement. We also accept patients who are not covered by health insurance. Please contact our office to discuss the specifics of your situation.
What insurances do you take?
We accept most health insurances. Please contact our office to discuss the specifics of your situation.