Physical & Occupational Therapy, Cody, Wyoming

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will my first therapy session consist of?

You will arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to complete a health history and information packet, provide your insurance information, and read the privacy information. Following that you will be seen by a licensed therapist who will perform an initial evaluation. This will include taking a history, taking measurements of strength and/or range of motion, special tests to determine your specific diagnosis, and an assessment of your ability to perform functional/daily tasks. It will also include a discussion of your goals, expectations, and concerns regarding therapy. A treatment plan will be discussed as well as your role in therapy. Exercises and/or pain control interventions may be initiated at the first session. Additional appointments, as determined by you and your therapist, will be scheduled.


2. I have heard that therapy is painful. Is it?

The overall goal of therapy is to help you achieve relief from your symptoms, help you with your road to recovery and help you get the results you desire. While you may have discomfort with therapy it should not increase your pain (significantly). If it does, talk to your therapist so your treatments can be adjusted accordingly.


3. How long do I have to attend therapy?

The amount of therapy that you need depends on the diagnosis that you have and the goals that you wish to achieve. At your initial evaluation your therapist will discuss with you the typical time line for rehabilitation for your condition. Understand that this is an estimate and may be shorter or longer depending on your response to the interventions and any additional medical conditions that you have.


4. How long are the visits?

The visit length depends on your condition. A typical visit will consist of 30 minutes of activity such as range of motion, exercise, and functional activities. An additional 15 to 20 minutes may be used to help with pain control and swelling control. Remember that each person and diagnosis is different so your sessions may be different from that of another patient.


5. How many times a week do I have to attend therapy?

The number of visits a week depends on a variety of factors including your number of approved visits, your diagnosis, your compliance with therapy, and your tolerance to therapy. Typically, you will be seen 2 to 3 times a week. The therapist will determine the number of visits a week to help you achieve your goals.


6. What kind of education does my therapist have?

This depends on how long your practitioner has been out of school. Your occupational and physical therapists have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in their respective fields. Currently, new graduates must have at least a Master’s degree to practice and many educational institutions are moving towards Doctorate degrees in their respective fields.

Your physical therapist assistant or certified occupational therapist assistant have an associate’s degree in their respective fields. They are licensed to work under the direction and supervision of a licensed occupational or physical therapist.

Your occupational therapist, physical therapist, and physical therapy assistant take a national examination for their license. The state requires that continuing education be completed in order to maintain state licensure.