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NEW CLIENTS

Follow these easy steps to start physical therapy treatment.

Contact us by calling (408) 979-2300 or you can send us an email*

Once scheduled please complete the necessary paperwork

Prior to your initial visit please review our office policies

Prepare for your first visit

*EMAIL: Be sure to include your full name, phone number, best time to contact you and which clinic you want to attend.
One of our New Client Coordinators will contact you to set up an appointment.

ABOUT YOUR VISIT

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST VISIT?

 

Please come 15 minutes early to allow time to complete the paperwork.

 

1. First, you will complete the necessary personal and insurance information. It is really beneficial to you if you fill this out online prior to your first visit. Each insurance company has their own requirements, so this will enable us to send appropriate invoices to your insurance company for payment of your services. Additionally, there will be necessary personal information about your condition and general information. Paperwork is more work for us all, so we apologize for the inconvenience.

 

2. We will perform an evaluation and begin to design your specific   program. You and your therapist will discuss your concerns and condition and then you will be examined to determine your functional limitations and contributing factors. You will receive information regarding your condition, instructions for an initial independent program and instructions for changing your contributing behaviors.

 

3. Please dress appropriately.

 

HOW DO I MAKE THE MOST OUT OF MY VISITS AT OPTM?

 

It is essential that you are an active participant in your recovery. Always come dressed appropriately for exercise and treatment. Also, it is important that you inform your therapist about any change in your current status. This allows us to continually monitor and alter your program to ensure the efficacy of our efforts. We both must do our best to be punctual to allow enough time for a full treatment.

 

I’M FINISHED WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY, BUT I WANT TO COME BACK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

Your symptoms may recur occasionally, or a different issue may appear as you return to your desired level of function or activity. At this point, we encourage you to call our office to discuss what would be the next appropriate step to take. You may need to return to your doctor if it is a new issue.

 

DO PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AT OPTM SPECIALIZE IN CERTAIN AREAS?

 

Our therapists do not specialize in any one joint or area. In order to restore your capacity to function, we must know how all aspects of your body function together. We restore your ability to move more normally and more comfortably. Our expertise lies in human movement. Therefore, we are human movement specialists.

 

WHAT IS THE EDUCATION OF A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?

 

The physical therapy profession has transformed several times over the past 30 years. Some therapists have a Master’s degree in physical therapy, but now most of the therapist have Doctoral (DPT) degrees and have passed a National Board Exam. Physical Therapy education is 26-36 months of intense training in in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurology, cardiology, pathology and therapeutic interventions. We are specialist in human movement and work to restore your ability to live life as fully as possible.

 

WHAT DO ALL THE LETTERS BEHIND THE THERAPISTS’ NAMES INDICATE?

 

Therapists can expand their knowledge in various specialties. This additional education may result in the following specializations:

 

OCS: Orthopaedic Certified Specialist. This is the board certification in orthopedics. These therapists have practiced for several years and passed a national board exam in orthopedics.

 

ATC: Athletic Trainer Certified. This certification for athletic training. These people have advanced training in the biomechanics and injuries associated with participating in sports. They typically have a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on sports medicine and they must pass a national certification exam. They are trained in the prevention and treatment of athletic-related injuries.

 

FAAOMPT: Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Fellows are highly trained therapists who have completed a residency program and passed a specialization exam in manipulation therapy.

 

Certified Pilates Practitioner: This describes an individual who has passed a competency-based national exam for Pilates training. Pilates is a system of exercises, which may or may not utilize a special apparatus, and focuses on body and mental awareness to increase body control and awareness.

 

CertMDT: Certification for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. This credential is put forth by the McKenzie institute, which honors mechanical diagnosis and therapy. This entails a rigorous four-part exam after a period of self-study, and allows the individual to appreciate the complicated mechanics of our joints.

 

MTC: Manual Therapy Certification. This individual earned recognition for manual therapy taught by the University of St. Augustine. It involves six months of independent study followed by a certification exam in the performance of manual therapy.

 

CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This is a certification in the area of exercise training for sports.

ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT

ABOUT MY TREATMENT

 

WHAT DOES THE TERM “FUNCTION” REFER TO?

 

PT’s use the term “function” to refer to how your body performs a desired task. Whether it’s standing from sitting, walking, lifting, running or throwing, achieving your desired level of function by improving your ability to move properly is the goal of therapy.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIAGNOSIS MY DOCTOR TELLS ME, AND WHAT MY PHYSICAL THERAPIST TELLS ME?

 

Physicians base their diagnosis on structural issues, like a sprained ligament or a muscle strain or a disease, like the flu. Our assessments focus on what your limitations are as a result of the structural issue. For instance you may be unable to walk due to a fractured ankle. We work to restore all of the factors necessary for you to walk again as your body heals the fracture. The surgeon may repair damaged tissue, but we do not. Your body heals itself as we restore your ability to move again. Our body works as a mechanism and each part contributes to the whole, thus we may include other areas in the treatment to ensure that you are able to explore the world once again.

 

MY MD TOLD ME TO COME TWICE A WEEK FOR THREE WEEKS. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT?

 

Your physician will suggest a time and duration for your care. Your therapist uses this as a guideline and then creates an initial Plan of Care, and sends this back to your doctor. Toward the end of your prescription for physical therapy, together, we will discuss your progress, and decide if continuation of physical therapy is appropriate.

 

WHAT IF I AM SORE AFTER MY INITIAL EVALUATION?

 

Our goal is to relieve your symptoms. It is possible however, that you will experience soreness after your initial evaluation. Our evaluation determines what activities change your symptoms, either reduce or aggravate them. It is not unusual to have some soreness for a short time following your evaluation. Report your response to your therapist at your next visit as this will help guide your therapy program.