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First Appointment Information

At OPTM, you will find optimal conditions for healing and performance tuning.  Even “minor details” such as assisting you with scheduling and billing are important.  In other words, we focus on that matters and keep distractions to a minimum. We look forward to seeing you in our clinic.  If you have any questions, please give us a call, or send us an email—we are ready and eager to help you.

In preparation for your first visit to our clinic, we want to make sure you are ready and know what to expect.
Please arrive 20 -30 minutes before your scheduled initial evaluation appointment.
What To Bring:

  • Your insurance card, medication list, and photo ID. We will make a copy of these documents for your chart.
  • Your prescription for physical therapy from your physician if it is required by your insurance company.
  • We will send you specific forms to fill out ahead of time in order to better coordinate your care. Please bring these forms with you.
    • These forms include:
      • medical history form
      • personal information form
      • policy regarding cancellations and no-shows
  • Any applicable co-pay or estimated coinsurance

If you speak a language other than English, please bring a translator with you. Many of our clinics have team members who speak additional languages who can make your visit smoother. Please inform our clinic prior to arrival if you require language assistance.

What to Wear:
During your visit with the physical therapist we ask you to dress in comfortable, loose clothing, ideally shorts/pants (non-jeans) and a t-shirt.  Clothing that does not restrict movement and that allows visualization of the problem area is recommended.
Sturdy shoes are required, no flip-flops, slippers, or slides.
For back and neck injuries we can provide a gown that has ties in the back for your examination and treatment

What Happens When I see the Physical Therapist?
Your Physical Therapist will work with you to discover the actual “Cause” of your symptoms.

During this initial evaluation, the physical therapist will examine you, discuss your problem with you in detail and provide a mutually agreed upon treatment plan to achieve your goals. The treatment plan includes a number of patient visits expected, and you will discuss which interventions will be most beneficial- including manual therapy, exercise, and modalities (hot pack, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis) if needed. All of our therapists are trained in manual physical therapy techniques to assist in your recovery from injury or dysfunction, so your treatment will include hands-on treatment techniques.

New Patient Paperwork

At OPTM Physical Therapy of Saratoga, we value your time and make all efforts to focus on you and your treatment and less on forms and paperwork. However, it is important that we learn as much about you as possible before we begin. Prior to your first visit at OPTM Physical Therapy of Saratoga, we invite you to download, print, and complete our new patient forms; be sure to bring these completed forms to your first visit.

In addition to the forms above, please fill out the survey pertaining to the area that you will be evaluated for (for example, only fill out the LEFS Survey if you will be seen for your hip):