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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST PHYSICAL THERAPY APPOINTMENT If you’ve never been to physical therapy before, you may have a lot of questions. What will happen on my first day? What should I bring? How should I dress? Will it hurt? At Vital Care Physical Therapy, we want to do all we can to ensure you have an exceptional experience while in our care. Here is what you can expect at your first physical therapy visit. PATIENT FORMS AND REGISTRATION The first thing you should do before your first visit is go to our website online at VitalCareRehab.com and click on the “patient forms” link at the top of the page to fill out our patient intake paperwork. If you don’t have access to a computer, or you feel uncomfortable with this, just let us know and we can mail you the forms. We suggest arriving 10 minutes early for your first visit to complete our registration process, if you’ve already filled out the forms at home. If you did not fill out the paperwork at home, arrive 30 minutes early. Make sure to bring the prescription that the doctor gave you for physical therapy (if you have one) and your insurance card or case number. Also, wear comfortable clothes that allow you to bend, flex, and lie down. INITIAL EVALUATION The first part of your initial evaluation involves an interview where we gather your medical history and current complaints. Remember, the more complete and accurate your medical history, the easier it will be for your therapist to help you. Be prepared to answer questions like these: • What types of symptoms are you experiencing? • How long have you had this problem? • How did it start? • What aggravates or eases your symptoms? Make sure to tell your therapist about any previous treatment you’ve received and the results of your treatments. Next, your therapist will perform an extensive evaluation to determine your strength, range of motion, flexibility, and posture. This shouldn’t hurt at all, but if it does, please let us know. TREATMENT PLAN After your evaluation, we will make an assessment of your condition and explain our treatment plan. Please ask us if you have any questions. Your understanding of your ailment, your goals, and our treatment plan is fundamental to your success. On your way out, make sure to schedule your following appointments (typically 1–3 times per week) as recommended by your physical therapist with our front office specialist. If you have any other questions before your first appointment, feel free to call us at (623) 544-0300. We look forward to treating you.
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• 4 pounds chicken wings • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened • 1 1/4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste • 1/4 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1 lime, halved • Extra-virgin olive oil • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper • Chopped cilantro for garnish
1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Rinse wings under cold water and pat dry. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast on a baking sheet for 25 minutes or until skin becomes crisp and brown. 3. Blend butter, red curry paste, honey, and soy sauce in a large mixing bowl. 4. Toss wings in butter mixture. Squeeze lime juice on top, transfer to serving plate, and garnish with cilantro.
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