managing healthcare in a new town

Moving to a new town comes with a lot of tasks to get done. Not only do you have to get all of your belongings moved, but you have to make changes to your medical care facilities. So, when you get to your new home town, do you know what health care clinics you can rely on for the care of your family? Will you couple your family's healthcare with both a clinic and a PCP? This blog will give you several suggestions about how to manage the changes in your family's healthcare adaptations to ensure you receive the best possible care in your new home town.

What To Expect Of Physical Therapy


Your doctor may have ordered you to receive physical therapy for an injury, mobility issues or for another physical ailment. If this is the case, you are probably wondering what physical therapy involves and what you can expect from it. This article will help to give you a clear understanding of what you can expect to get out of physical therapy and what the sessions will be like.

What to expect out of the first visit

You aren't going to do much actual physical therapy on your first visit. In fact, you more than likely won't do any. This visit will mostly be dedicated to allowing the physical therapist to get to know your issues and coming up with a game plan for your treatment.

 The physical therapist will ask you a lot of questions about your current physical state and they may give you some physical tests to assess your strength and mobility. You should bring any X-rays, MRI's or other reports with you so the physical therapist can view them as well.

What your sessions will consist of

Your sessions will depend on what your ailments are and what the physical therapist feels is the best course of action. Your sessions can also vary depending on how you feel on the day you go in. The physical therapist may use ultra sound on you, have you lay on heat pads or ice, give you a massage, or have you do exercises geared toward helping resolve your issues.

Generally, you will go to physical therapy for about a month going through the therapy sessions. After the month is up, the physical therapist may automatically continue the treatments, or they may reassess your physical condition to see if you still need therapy or if anything in the treatment plan should be changed.

What your responsibility is regarding physical therapy

Show up, dress appropriately, tell them if there are any reasons for concern and let them know if anything they have you do doesn't feel right. Sometimes the physical therapist will show you stretches or exercises they want you to continue at home. Make sure you follow their instructions and incorporate the stretches and/or exercises into your daily routine. If you have a problem doing any of them, let the physical therapist know so they can adjust the regimen to one you get the most out of and are able to complete.

Now that you know what to expect from physical therapy, you have a better understanding of what you need to do to get the most of it. Contact a local rehab center, like St. Luke's Rehabilitation, for more information.


1 September 2015