What to expect on your first visit

  • Welcome to PCA! Please be prepared to fill in some initial documentation on who you are and your condition. We will also be doing a full evaluation so do come prepared with comfortable clothing that will facilitate evaluation.  If you have a specific recommendation or history from your doctor that you would like to share do bring that along with you.   Please come a bit early so that you can fill our your registration forms.   Your first visit will require a full hour and we would be grateful if you can be early and if not, punctual.  We will always start and complete a visit on time.
  • You and your physical therapist will discuss your medical history, including medications and tests that have been done, your current condition and pain/other complaints, how your daily activities are affected and your goals for treatment.
  • Your therapist will then perform an evaluation which may consist of palpation, assessment of range of motion and strength, neurologic testing, special tests to determine specific diagnoses, postural assessment, gait assessment and functional movement exam.
  • Finally, your therapist will discuss their findings with you and discuss treatment options.  You will agree a schedule of visits going forward and hopefully, you will be in a position to confirm your next visit day and time.