In many cases, pain is associated with improper movement in the body. Correcting that improper movement will decrease your pain. Physical therapists are the movement specialists in the healthcare industry. It is our job to assess your movement and how it affects your pain, since pain can change the way you move. Incorrect movement can further increase your pain by producing excess stress on the body, causing it to break down and hurt worse. This can become a vicious cycle where pain causes incorrect movement which leads to more pain. The physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of your movement and determine what is moving correctly and incorrectly and how those movements affect or are caused by your pain. The best treatment is one tailored to your weaknesses and deficiencies rather than the "cookie-cutter" treatment approach where patients get the same ten exercises to treat their pain. In most cases, correcting improper movement will eliminate your pain, or at the very least, significantly decrease your pain.
Have you had an unsuccessful bout of physical therapy in the past? This is often the case when treatment was not tailored to your specific problems, or the painful area was treated but improper movements were not corrected. For example, if every patient with low back pain gets the same regimen of exercises, then the treatment is not being tailored effectively to get the best result. Or if a patient has low back pain which was treated previously but treatment neglected to correct a stiff hip, the low back pain may not truly resolve and the pain will return. Physical therapy at Focus is highly specialized and customized to your specific condition – as it should be! If physical therapy did not work the first time, it is absolutely worth trying again with a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
There are many factors that go into a great therapy experience:
• A thorough evaluation consisting of a history, medical review, and hands-on physical exam.
• An explanation of the findings of the evaluation and the treatment plan moving forward.
• Hands-on techniques performed by the physical therapist.
• A specific exercise program consisting of exercises, reps, sets, and number of times per day along with an explanation of what the exercise is accomplishing.
• Reevaluation by the physical therapist each visit to assess movement so treatment can be adjusted or modified based on the patient's response to the last visit.
• Detailed discharge plans. Once therapy is over, the patient should know what to do to progress activities and how to respond should they experience a flare-up or symptom regression.
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With the enactment of Alabama House Bill 163, Alabama became the 47th state to gain some sort of direct access for physical therapy services. This means you can refer yourself to physical therapy. You can schedule your appointment without a physician referral and we are able to do a thorough evaluation. We will send the summary to your physician. Once we receive that summary back with your doctor's signature, we are then able to schedule your following appointments and continue your physical therapy plan.
You may also get a referral from your doctor first before coming in for an evaluation. Contact your doctor to see what you will need to do to get a referral.
For your first visit with us, you should expect one hour to one and a half hours. Each subsequent appointment will take around an hour.
If you have a doctor's referral, be sure to bring that with you on your initial evaluation if we do not have it already. We will also need your health insurance card(s), a photo ID, and a list of your current medications. Click here to download the Patient Intake Form if you would like to get started on your paperwork now and save time at the office! If your insurance requires a co-payment or deductible/coinsurance, you will need to bring that as well. Bring your planner or appointment book so that you will be able to schedule your follow up appointments.
We recommend loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that will allow your therapist easy access to your affected body part.
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