I will only give you a couple exercises at the evaluation, as this allows me to see how your body will respond to therapy, and will lead me to develop your exercise plan. I also encourage you to stay in contact with me using Columbia Doctor’s patient portal, a free connection to your medical chart, which also allows you to be in contact with all your practitioners at Columbia. This is a vital tool, where we can discuss in between your sessions, any questions you have about your exercises or how to do them at home.
My goal is to make you an expert in your own therapy, so I can ensure that you will be compliant in your plan. I develop your plan of intervention with your personal situation and environment in mind. If for example, you have limited access to exercise equipment, I try to modify the exercises so that you can do them at home independently.
Its important you practice your exercises at home, so you can come with questions, as your involvement in your therapy is the key to your success. For the adolescent population, it is very important a caregiver be present for the first couple sessions and learn the exercises, as doing the exercises together ensures you are doing them correctly and leads to higher long term compliance. I also encourage videotaping and photographing of the exercises so that when you are home they can be used to recall how to do them correctly.