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Preparing For Your First Visit

 Occupational Therapy

Your First Visit: What To Bring

Your first visit to our clinic will be spent performing an evaluation, in which we will ask you several questions, including your goals and concerns. We will also ask you to perform physical tasks to help us get at the root cause of your problem.

  • Please wear clothing that allows unrestricted movement, but is something you would typically wear at home as well.
  • If you use a cane, walker, brace, special shoes or other device, please bring it with you.
  • You will also need to bring your picture ID, insurance card, and medication list (if you have one) to your first appointment.
  • If possible, it is also helpful to bring a family member, significant other, or friend to your first appointment to help remember what is talked about and help you with your home program.
  • We have a history form for you to fill out at your first appointment, but you are welcome to stop by beforehand and pick up the form. If you need assistance filling out this form, you are welcome to bring a support person to assist or request help at our office. We do ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your initial evaluation to fill out the necessary paperwork, or fill out this information at home and bring it with you to your first appointment.
Please be sure to think about the things you would like to accomplish in therapy before your evaluation. You have the right to be evaluated or speak with your therapist in a private area if you wish. Depending on your reason for coming to our clinic, you may have a temporary worsening of your symptoms (i.e. pain or dizziness). If you have been prescribed pain medications, you may consider taking them before your session or express your concerns to your therapist before your treatment starts. Please be sure to have a ride available if you are taking narcotic medications.

Follow-Up Appointments

At follow-up appointments, please continue to wear comfortable clothing and bring any items requested by your therapist. You will be expected to perform exercises and other activities appropriate to your diagnosis between therapy sessions. These will be followed up on at each visit.

The waiting room is a shared area with other patients, hospital visitors and staff. We ask that you routinely arrive on-time for your appointments to allow you to participate in all of the activities your therapist has planned. You should expect to be seen promptly at your scheduled appointment time. If your therapist has not come out for you by 5 minutes after your scheduled treatment time, please inform the front desk staff. Our treatment sessions are typically 45 minutes long per therapy, but may be tailored to your needs. If you have concerns about waiting in our shared waiting room, let us know ahead of time so we can find a private room or semi-private area for you to wait.