What to Expect During Your Therapy Appointment

Put your pain in the hands of a pro

Physical and occupational therapy can be key to helping you recover after an orthopaedic surgery. Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital offers a full therapy department on campus to help you get back to your daily activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Here are some helpful tips from our therapists to prepare you for rehabilitation after surgery:

Schedule your Appointment:

  • Talk to your physician or surgeon to discuss the best time to start and what type of rehabilitation is best for you.
  • Call to schedule your therapy appointment once you know your surgery date – even if it is a few weeks out, you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you begin your road to recovery.

Getting there:

  • It’s important to arrive about 10 – 15 minutes early to allow enough time for any remaining paperwork. Even with all of the electronic records used today, there are still many pieces of your health history and personal information that must be obtained in person.
  • For follow-up appointments it is also important to arrive a little early.
  • We get it – “life happens” – and when it does it is good to have the clinic’s direct number in your cell phone to call and tell us you are running late. We will do our best to accommodate and make sure you receive the best comprehensive care possible when you arrive.

What to Bring:

  • For first appointments, it’s recommended to bring your driver’s license, insurance cards, prescription for therapy and a list of current medications and medical conditions.
  • T-shirts and loose fitting pants/ shorts are helpful when performing various exercises and to make it easier for the therapist to examine you.
  • Our clinic does have shorts and t-shirts if you happen to forget. (*disclaimer – these are not always stylish!)
  • When the outside temps drop, remember to wear layers.
    • You may be chilly when you arrive – but you will warm up quickly!
  • We do not recommend leaving valuables in your car. Personal items, cell phones, purse, wallet, and keys can all be brought along.
    • Our clinic has lockers for your belongings.

What to Expect:

  • Initial evaluations will typically take an hour, so our team can get to know you, your goals, and how your condition is impacting your quality of life.
    • You can expect a thorough evaluation, looking at body mechanics, strength, posture, functional motion and many other aspects.
    • Based on this evaluation, your therapist will tailor your rehabilitation program to your specific needs and provide education and instruction on what you can do at home.
  • Follow up appointments typically run 30 – 45 minutes.
    • This will be a one-on-one session with your provider who is a licensed physical or occupational therapists or physical therapy assistant.
    • During this time, we will progress exercises or activities, use hands-on techniques and a variety of machines/ modalities that are appropriate to manage your symptoms and speed up the healing process.
  • You play an active role in your therapy, so feel free to ask questions, be honest, and let us know if you have any concerns. We are here to help you take ownership in your recovery process.
  • Our dedicated team of providers is committed to the orthopedic and post-surgical patient population.
    • We each have areas of specialty (much like your physician). We seek out training to treat specific body parts or learn specialized hands-on techniques to ensure we provide the best care possible for your specific injury.
    • We work collaboratively to make sure you have access to the best care from the best providers possible.
      • As your care progresses, we may have you work with a fellow provider to fit your goals.
        • For example: if you want to get back to running or golf, we may have you spend a couple sessions with our running or golf therapists.
      • We all work together to provide you with the best care and get you back to what you love!


  • At Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, face-to-face communication between providers is key when it comes to your rehabilitation success after an injury or surgery.
  • We have the privilege of working directly with the physicians at Orthowest.
    • We can stop over to give them personal updates on your progress or discuss any issues that may arise.
    • We work closely with the inpatient rehabilitation team for smooth transitions to the outpatient clinic.

To learn more about our physical and occupational therapy services, please visit www.neorthohospital.com/our-services/physical-therapy.

What to Expect During Your Therapy Appointment

October is Physical Therapy Month!

All month long, we are celebrating our team of Physical Therapists. At Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, we’re lucky to have 23 certified Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants on staff to help our patients get back to their best. From inpatient post-operative therapy to outpatient sports rehabilitation, our team works with patients of all ages and fitness levels.

Our therapists also offer programs to help athletes specialize in their sports, including:

  • Perfect Pitch – consisting of injury prevention, rehabilitation, team education and mechanical analysis, this program is tailored to the demands of softball and baseball athletes. Therapists provide expert instruction and care to reduce the occurrence and re-occurrence of injury and improve overall athletic performance.
  • Optimum Stride – a running program designed specifically with runner’s needs in mind. Whether you have been running for years or are just getting started, our team of professionals will provide you with an expert assessment and treatment of your running related concerns. Our Optimum Stride team also offers monthly screenings at Scheels. Check the website for more details: neorthohospital.com/our-services/physical-therapy.
  • Golf Therapy – we’re proud to have a Titleist-certified golf therapist on our staff. Paul Murray, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, offers instruction and technique enhancement advice to golfers to help them play without pain, improve their game and avoid injury.
  • Above the Barre – this program caters to the unique needs of dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. Therapists work with the athlete, their physician and teacher to help them get back to performing quickly and safely.
  • Sportsmetrics – these sessions are set up like a workout class rather than a therapy session. The program is designed to educate athletes on proper jumping and cutting mechanics, and to build strength in the knees to prevent injuries and enhance performance.

Outside of the clinic, our therapists participate in many community events and help organizations prepare their athletes for upcoming meets, matches and games. Featured below are some photos from these events!

Eric Smoyer received the Athletic Trainer of the Year award from the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association
Some of our therapists participated in the annual FORE SIDS golf tournament. This event helps raise awareness of SIDS.
Ryan Ertz leads youth softball players in their warmup waiting for the Jennie Finch softball clinic to begin.
Paul Murray is a TPI certified golf therapist and works with golfers in our Golf Therapy program.
Our Optimum Stride team makes an appearance at Peak Performance’s running happy hour!

So, whether you’re looking to get back in the game or want to explore non-surgical pain relief for joint problems, our therapists are here to help you! For more information on our programs, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.neorthohospital.com/our-services/physical-therapy.

October is Physical Therapy Month!