What to Expect
Your first visit will last approximately one hour and will include a comprehensive evaluation and applicable treatment administered by a licensed physical therapist. Your physical therapist will review your medical history, diagnostic tests and any recent events that may have contributed to your current condition. Your evaluation will include assessment of your current functional deficits, pain level and posture, as well as a thorough evaluation of your flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. Following your evaluation, your physical therapist will thoroughly explain your personalized treatment plan and expectations for recovery and provide a commitment letter to you. Communication between the patient and physical therapist is of utmost importance at Smoky Mountain Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine and you are an active participant in your recovery. Please arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment in order to complete all necessary paperwork. Please bring: Photo identification, Prescription/doctor referral, Insurance card. You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination. Treatment sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes per visit.