Congratulations on taking a big step towards recovery! Please review the checklist below in order to get ready for your first visit so that we can make the most of our time together.
Below the checklist you'll find a couple of resources about pain science. You may hold some beliefs that aren't consistent with modern pain science, and sadly, you may have also been misled by other medical professionals. This information is especially pertinent to you if you have been dealing with pain for 3 months or more. Even if pain is not the primary reason for coming to physical therapy, a better understanding of its role in your life and how pain works will ultimately help you achieve symmetry and balance in your body. Furthermore, studies have shown that outcomes improve significantly when pain science education is part of your treatment program. Many individuals find relief simply after beginning to understand these concepts!
First Appointment Checklist:
Before your first appointment, please...
Note, we are taking precautions against COVID-19 including masks, distancing, cleaning, screening, and temperature checks. In the past 14 days if you have...
been exposed to COVID-19,
had 1 or more of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea,
...you should self-quarantine for 14 days, get tested for COVID-19, and/or contact your medical provider. We provide Telehealth PT anywhere in Texas for those not able to attend in-person visits. Please stay home, and contact us to discuss options for continuing your care. *Rapid testing for COVID-19 is available from your car outside of our office thanks to our partners at METSI Care. Click here for more info.
Please complete the COVID-19 screening form within 24 hours of every in-person appointment
(inside your 24 hour appointment reminder email)
Peruse the pain science resources below! Watch the 5-minute video and if you have time I would highly recommend reading the first 16 pages of the e-book to learn about some fundamental concepts in modern pain science.
Be changed into appropriate clothing (athletic or loose-fitting attire) exposing or allowing easy access to the area of concern. Shorts are best for low back and lower extremity concerns. Tank tops work best for mid-back, neck, and upper extremity concerns.
Note, Texas is a Direct Access state, meaning a referral for physical therapy is NOT required to start PT, however, we are required to get one to continue after 10 business days from the Initial Evaluation (*This is a requirement of our state board and has nothing to do with insurance). After your evaluation, we can relay our findings to a qualified provider of your choice (physician, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, physician's assistant, or advanced nurse practitioner) to request a referral for PT. Thus, it is important to provide accurate information for your primary care provider (PCP) on the Intake Forms or provide the information as soon as you are able to.
*If you don't have a PCP this won't affect your ability to start PT, however, most conditions will require more than two weeks of treatment. We can talk about a plan to reach out to a provider or establish a new PCP during your Initial Evaluation. If you need a new PCP, consider Garrick Baskerville, MD of METSI Care in our shared office in East Austin. Avoid long waits, co-payments, and surprise bills, and enjoy the best Direct Primary Care in Austin for just $99 per month. Click here for more info.
Plan to be on time or early for your appointment...
For in-person visits, we are located inside METSI Care. Our office is at street level on E 6th Street close to Comal Street. Metered parking is available on E 6th Street, and free street parking is available 2 blocks north or south. Click here for directions.
For telehealth visits, you will receive a unique Google Meet link in your email inbox. Be ready to join the meeting at your scheduled appointment time. *A Gmail account is not required.
See you soon!
Modern pain science
Understanding Pain & What to Do About It in Less Than 5 Minutes
Recovery Strategies: Pain Guidebook
By Dr. Greg Lehman
Greg Lehman is a physiotherapist, chiropractor, and strength and conditioning specialist. In his workbook, he provides an excellent overview of key concepts in modern pain science that are invaluable to people who are struggling with pain.