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Your First Visit

What to expect on your first visit:


When attending Physical Therapy for the first time please arrive 15 minutes in advance to allow adequate time for check-in and to complete the necessary paperwork.  It is essential that you remember to bring:  Your current insurance card (or copy), if provided to you a prescription from your doctor indicating the need for physical therapy, and any co-payments that may be due at the time of service.  In addition, you should wear (or bring with you) comfortable clothing that will allow the physical therapist to examine the region(s) of the body you are seeking treatment for.

Your first appointment will consist of an initial examination performed by one of our physical therapists who are all UConn Clinical Faculty.  During the examination your physical therapist will take a history regarding your current condition.  They may perform specific tests and measures such as range of motion, strength testing, and functional tasks that will help establish a diagnosis and plan of care.  Your physical therapist will then recommend a specific frequency and duration for you to attend physical therapy.  You will always have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss examination findings to ensure that you are comfortable and completely understand your plan of care.  You may be prescribed certain exercises or other interventions to perform at home as part of your treatment.  The physical therapist will also send a formal initial examination summary to your doctor to ensure they are aware of your current treatment.  Upon completion of your first visit, you will then schedule follow up visits based upon your plan of care and as discussed with your physical therapist.

The Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic is also a teaching facility and we often have graduate students in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program observing and participating in treatment under the supervision of a physical therapist.  As a patient you will always have the right to decline student participation.