During Your First Visit to a Physical Therpist
Your first visit to our Eugene office, offers Dr. Devin a chance to learn more about your medical history, your symptoms and your story in order to develop an individualized treatment plan that will reduce your pain or symptoms and maximize your health and function.
Dr. Devin will perform a thorough examination to check for musculoskeletal, neuromuscular or movement issues that will need to be addressed during treatment. Depending on the issues discussed during the initial interview, your examination may include:
- Assessment of the structure and alignment of the spine, pelvis and tailbone/coccyx
- Functional movement assessment
- Orthopedic assessment
If pelvic floor related or concern for involvement of pelvic floor:
- External examination of pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles, ligaments and soft tissues
- Myofascial assessment of abdominal and pelvic muscles to identify possible adhesions and/or trigger points
- If indicated, internal evaluation of pelvic floor muscle strength and endurance, as well as tissue quality, sensation and the presence of pain or muscle spasm
Once the physical examination is complete, Dr. Devin will sit down with you to discuss her findings and address any concerns you may have. She will also let you know what the suggested treatment plan includes and how often you should visit with her in order to address your impairments. During the consultation, Dr. Devin will help ease your mind regarding worries, concerns or questions you may have.
Follow Up Treatments
Part of your follow-up visits with Dr. Devin will be spent addressing these questions, as well as easing any concerns you might have. Communicating with your doctor not only helps you, but it also helps her understand how your body is responding to treatment and whether things need to be adjusted to provide you with the best care possible.
Treatment sessions are 45 minutes long, and the program usually requires between 6 and 14 visits. Most patients will visit the clinic two to three times a week, for four to six weeks. Our goal is to get you get back to the life you love as quickly as possible however all treatment plans are individualized to meet your goals, work around life’s stressors and demands.
Changes to your treatment plan will be made as the treatment progresses and your symptoms improve. During each follow-up visit, Dr. Devin will spend some time evaluating those changes and deciding how well your current treatment plan is working. At that time, she might ask you additional questions or suggest new at-home strategies. If changes are needed, you will have a chance to discuss them and ask questions. This is part of the ongoing patient education commitment you get and it will help you learn more about your body and how to address the issues affecting it.
You may receive education on lifestyle changes that can improve your symptoms, postural adjustments or exercise instruction. Depending on your treatment needs, you may also receive manual therapy such as adjustment of your spine, pelvis, hips or SI joint.
The length and type of treatments you need will depend on the complexity of your case. This is why it’s so important that you are open and willing to discuss your issues during your initial meeting and during every visit.
If you don’t see progress or if something is bothering you, please put it into words. Often a simple change or the addition of a new or different exercise or management strategy can make a world of difference.
Physical Therapy | Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need a referral to see a Physical Therapist?
No, the state of Oregon is a direct access state. Meaning that you can walk into a PT office on your on will and receive a Physical Therapy evaluation and receive treatment.
What is the difference between standard physical therapy and manual physical therapy?
In America, a traditional physical therapist will treat a patient condition by assigning a series of exercises, which the patient does on their own at home with little follow up or conversation with the therapist. In addition, prescribed exercises are assigned mostly via a diagnoses from a referring physician. Research proves that when personalized mobility and stability exercises are combined with hands-on manual therapy including spinal mobilizations and release of tight muscles and joints, patients achieve better outcomes.
Further research indicates patients receive sustainable outcomes when patient education is included in your treatment. The most essential aspect of any pain management program is learning about the issues affecting you. This is important because lifestyle changes and home exercises help support the treatment visits and will help you manage your symptoms independently once treatment is complete.
What will happen on my first visit to Physical Therapy?
Your physical therapist, Dr. Devin, will meet with you to conduct a detailed medical history and orthopedic assessment. We will discuss your therapy goals, and you’ll receive a clear explanation of your condition and treatment plan. Dr. Devin will begin treatment on the day of your evaluation day, including hands-on therapy to relieve your pain, stiffness, and potential muscle spasm as well as a provide you with a personalized home exercise program as well as pain management tools/strategies.
How many therapy sessions will I likely need?
Most patients will visit with Dr. Devin two to three times a week, for four to six weeks. Our goal is to get you get back to the life you love as quickly as possible however all treatment plans are individualized to you in order to meet your goals, ensure your confidence and work around life’s stressors and demands.