During your first appointment at the Donley Center, your physical and/or occupational therapist will meet with you for about one hour. In this first meeting, your therapist will want to know all about your pain and symptoms. They may have you fill out several questionnaires concerning your pain. In particular, the therapist will want to hear about how the pain affects your activity level, and what activities you most miss doing.
Following this, the therapist will request that you try certain activities, to observe how your pain responds. They will ask you to move your trunk and limbs to see how much the pain gets in your way. The physical and/or occupational therapist will notice if pain prevents you from gathering muscle strength. Your therapist will check your reflexes and sensation to monitor how well your nerves are conducting information.
After the interview and physical testing, your physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) will discuss all of their findings with you and describe the treatment plan that they recommend. There are several topics that they will discuss with nearly every person affected by chronic pain, which they will tailor to fit your individual situation.