First Visit


During your first visit at Linder Physical Therapy, you can expect the following:

Arrive at your appointment with your Physical Therapy prescription.

A Physical Therapist at Linder Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, P.C. in Lansing – Grand Ledge Area will conduct your initial evaluation and discuss the following:

  1. Your current condition and cause of the injury.
  2. Your past medical history including medications, tests, and procedures related to your health and current problem.
  3. The intensity of your pain – for example, when and what aggravates the pain and what you currently do to ease the pain.
  4. How your condition/pain is impacting your daily activities. What are your functional limitations?
  5. What you hope to achieve from Physical Therapy i.e.: setting your individual goals.

You will be evaluated by one of our licensed and highly trained Physical Therapists at Linder Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, P.C. The therapist will perform an objective evaluation which may include some of the following:

  1. Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for tenderness, possible swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, or deformity.
  2. Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist may move certain joints, to check for the quality of movement and to assess for any abnormalities of these joints as well as the ligaments, muscles, and tendons that surround them.
  3. Active Movement and Strength – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded.
  4. Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
  5. Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
  6. Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.

The Physical Therapist at Linder Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, P.C. will review your symptoms and objective findings from their examination and discuss the findings with you. Together you will plan your treatment. The therapist will continually evaluate the effect of treatment on your condition and adjust the treatment plan if necessary. Your plan will also help you manage your condition at home and educate you on how to prevent reoccurrence of problems.