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What is a physiotherapy session?

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stephanie’s Answer

first session is evaluation. determine what structures are involved. i usually do hands on ie trigger point work or soft tissue releases for pain. give 3 appropriate exercises to do at home. next visit do address pain and then move into increasing function thru exercises
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Maryann’s Answer

It depends on what setting are you in.
If you are in private practice. Your first session will include an evaluation of the problems that client may present. May get thermal agents, electrical stimulation or manual therapy or exercises depending on the problems. Depending on the office you may have more manual therapy that exercises. Every office can run it different depends on training and philosophy.
If you have therapy in a hospital, you will do walking, steps, thermal agents, exercises and at times pool and group therapy.
If you get therapy at home. Clinician will evaluate your needs in terms of functional status like can you walk, get in and out of bed or in and out of chair. You will get exercises to improve strength and functionality.
Depending on the setting therapy will be a little different.

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Venneisa’s Answer

Outpatient or school-based pediatric sessions are usually 30 to 60 minutes weekly. Focus is on play activities to improve balance, flexibility, and strength to encourage the baby or child to learn to move as other babies or children their age that does not have impairments/limitations. Dependent on the problem, unfortunately, the session is not always fun, but we try to balance the uncomfortable or painful activity with something fun. Educating the parents and family in therapeutic play along with stretches and proper use of braces is essential. There are cases that PT sees a child on a consultation basis for positioning and equipment recommendations.

Documentation of what was done and the response to the session is required for each session. Progress notes and Discharge documentation are more involved. Evaluations require extensive documentation. The aforementioned is based on the client services are being paid in whole or in part by insurance. Documentation for clients that pay in cash is more streamlined.
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Morgan’s Answer

A session varies based upon setting, Stephanie described a typical outpatient orthopedic session. Overall, each session will be dictated based upon the patient’s individual goals - pain reduction, standing up without assistance, walking for a certain distance, etc. Working in a hospital, I don’t do as much soft tissue work, but my hands will be on the patient to physically assist them with a specific activity. In the hospital, I might see someone anywhere from 20-80 minutes based on their specific needs, whereas in an outpatient setting each patient will have a set appointment time that they are seen for (there is always flexibility, of course).