Your first visit with a Physical Therapist to evaluate a specific condition is called an “Initial PT Evaluation” or “Eval”. You can be referred by another Physician or decide to come in on your own or “Self-Refer”. This is called Direct Access and is allowed in all 50 US states as of 2019, making Physical Therapy a first choice option for musculoskeletal (MSK) health issues! Before your initial eval, you will be asked to provide your medical history which you will review with your PT during your eval. You will receive some level of treatment, and be provided with i) a home exercise program and ii) a “plan of care” for future visits including frequency and duration.
After your Initial PT Eval, you will be given a “Plan of Care” for future visits. This will typically include a frequency (for example, once or twice per week), and a duration (for example, 8 weeks). It is extremely important that our patients stick to their Plan of Care. For convenience, patients are allowed to advance schedule so they can establish regular days and times for their visits. If a patient’s Plan of Care changes during treatment, they may be assigned a new home exercise program. A Plan of Care may be shortened or lengthened based on the patient’s progress, and patient’s may be re-evaluated, a “ re-eval”, if there has been a significant change in their condition. If the plan of care is proceeding as scheduled, your PT will schedule a “Graduation Visit” to discharge you from care with modifications to your home exercise program.
Your Graduation Visit is essential to your long-term recovery. At this visit, we will make sure you are prepared to self-manage your continued recovery outside of the PT clinic setting. We will let you know the warning signs associated with your condition, and we will establish a date for a Check Up on the condition, typically 3 months later. This Check Up can be done virtually or in clinic. At this point, you can also schedule a “Baseline Screen”, to set a baseline score for your musculoskeletal fitness.
Therapydia is unique in our desire to establish Lifetime Patient Relationships. We’ve asked patients for feedback on their PT experience with other providers, and learned that patients often feel abandoned after their last visit, and out-of-touch with their care providers. We encourage our patients to schedule regular check-ups to monitor their condition, either virtually or in-clinic, usually every 3 months after their Graduation Visit. If their condition has been resolved, we will suggest that they progress to the next step in their patient care timeline which is a Baseline Screen to establish a baseline for monitoring their comprehensive musculoskeletal health going forward.
Therapydia has a unique focus on prevention and performance. Our mission includes attention to your longevity, vitality and happiness. Baseline Screens are intended for the healthy population, so are appropriate for individuals who do not yet need PT or who have graduated from PT. Our proprietary software and patient portal, PTanywhere, allows us to establish a baseline score for your musculoskeletal fitness so you can compare your progress over time, and compare yourself across demographics. We offer a variety of screens so that we can find the one that is the most appropriate for you and your goals. All Baseline Screens are comprised of standardized 10 tests, scored from 0-10, for a maximum score of 100. Your screen comes with a home exercise program for targeting any tests where your score was not optimal with the goal of improving your score at your next screen. Subsequent screens can be performed annually or more frequently for athletes or high stress job functions. For more information about PTanywhere Baseline Screening for employers, schools and other large groups, click “Learn More” below.