Physical & Occupational Therapy
Whether your looking to do physical or occupational therapy following a recent orthopedic operation, to train for an upcoming marathon or event while dealing with a nagging injury, or to increase your performance from a current functional state, we possess a high quality collection of experienced clinical professionals looking to help you achieve your individualized specific goals.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a non-surgical, highly interactive treatment of an injury or condition. A physical therapist can educate you about your problem so that you can help yourself return to your daily activities. An evaluation determines the therapist’s approach to solving your condition. The treatment technique and number of sessions will depend on your diagnosis. Treatment sessions last from 30-60 minutes. You may receive hands-on-techniques and manipulations, movement and posture education, home exercises and modalities.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy focuses on helping people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, or occupations. Within our setting, our Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants help people recovering from injury to regain skills, often providing supports or splints forchildren adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Do you already have your first appointment scheduled ?
If you don't find the answer below, just give us a call at (920) 991-2561 or
toll free at (877) 991-2561 and we'll be happy to answer your questions!
Are there facilities for me to use to change my clothing ?
Yes, at all APTSM locations.
What should I wear to my first appointment ?
- If we are seeing you for your ankle/leg/knee or hip, please wear or bring with you a pair of comfortable shorts.
- If we are seeing you for your shoulder/back/neck/arm or wrist, please wear comfortable clothing, and possibly a button down shirt or other clothing to expose the area to be examined.
What should I bring with me on my first visit ?
- Completed registration papers
- Insurance Card
- Name, address, and phone number of your employer/policyholder and referring physician
- The physical or occupational therapy prescription from your MD
- Emergency contact names and numbers
- Names of any medications you are taking
- For minors, a parent or guardian with them, unless documented verbal authorization has been previously received.
- Your medical history (types/dates of any surgeries or past/present medical problems you feel we should be aware of).
- Any claims numbers (If this injury happened at work or was associated with motor vehicle accident)
- Appropriate clothing (see above)
- Datebook/cellphone calendar
- If you are being seen after surgery bring any braces, crutches, and/or other assistance devices issued.
- A ride home, particularly if your physician has instructed you not to drive
- A desire to work hard and compliance to help us help you. :)
To understand the comprehensive nature of recovery through physical therapy, we have listed some protocols below via clicking on the BWH link below. At APTSM, we continue to strive to use the most up to date treatment methods and protocols.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a team of dedicated full time research staff that is continually exploring evidence based medicine and updating physical therapy protocols. These protocols have been reviewed by our staff and have found to be consistent with the current research base and have minimum variation from our current protocols.
Physicians may prefer variations in protocol due to variation in surgical technique and individual patient presentation. Therefore, please consult your physician and physical therapist to ensure correct use of the protocols.