For first appointment please have all 3 completed



For first appointment please fill out the appropriate form that applies to your problem.

  • Lower Extremity Functional Scale.pdf (any problem with hip, leg or foot/ankle)
  • Back Index.pdf (back pain and/or leg numbness/tingling)
  • Neck Index.pdf (neck pain and/or arm numbness/tingling)
  • Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand.pdf (any problem with shoulder, arms or hand)
  • Dizziness Handicap Inventory. Pdf (dizziness, balance or gait disorder)


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question #1: If I have a referral from my doctor, do you update him/her on my condition and progress?


    Yes, whether you come with a physician referral or through direct access we communicate with your physician after we evaluate you and at regular intervals to update them on your progress to ensure continuity of care.

    Question #2: Do I need to see my physician for a referral to be evaluated by a physical therapist?


    No. At Physical Therapy of Central Virginia our staff are Doctors of Physical Therapy and are certified with the state of Virginia to see patients through direct access. Most insurance companies will pay for you to be seen under direct access with a few exceptions including Medicare. You may also come with a physician referral if you have seen a physician for your problem.

    Question #3: How long will my first appointment last?


    Your initial visit will usually last one hour. Your therapist will provide a thorough evaluation, explanation of your condition and initiate treatment. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing.

    Question #4: Will I work with one or multiple physical therapist?


    At Physical Therapy of Central Virginia you will work with one physical therapist that will evaluate you and work with you on follow up visits. We feel continuity of care is important in helping you to reach your maximal level of function while feeling comfortable with the person that is caring for you.

    Question #5: After an acute injury, should I use ice or a heat pad?


    Use a heating pad or hot pad before you stretch or if you have a muscle spasm. We recommend that after an acute injury, you should use ice at 15-20 min intervals to help reduce inflammation or swelling.

    Question #6: I'm starting a half marathon training program, but it's so hot! How do I avoid getting sick when I work out in the summer heat?


    Acclimate - let your body gradually adapt to the heat by spending time outdoors periodically during the day versus an all or nothing approach.

    • Beverages - drink plenty of fluids; water is best. Avoid sodas and energy drinks. If you like a little zest, flavored waters are okay. Remember to take frequent water breaks and replenish fluids that are lost during workouts. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
    • Clothing - wear light, breathable fabrics and light colors. Dark colors attract heat.


    Question #7: What is the best shoe to wear if I am on my feet a lot?


    There isn't necessarily a brand that is significantly better than another. It depends on your foot type and what happens during your individual gait cycle. The best answer to this question is based on a gait analysis of your foot. Two of your friends may recommend a shoe but it may not be right for you because your foot mechanics are different during your gait cycle. To get this answer come for a free screening.

    Question #8: What will happen once therapy is completed?


    Upon discharge, you will be given a home exercise program to further enhance your rehabilitation outcome and prevent the possibility of future re-injury.

    Question #9: Are physical therapy treatments covered by health insurance programs?


    Most therapy treatments are covered by health insurance. We will assist you in determining the amount of your insurance coverage as well as the frequency of treatments.