What to Expect During Your Therapy Appointment

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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

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