Your First Visit

Welcome and thank you for choosing Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.  We will do all we can to ensure that you have an exceptional experience with us.

In preparation for your first appointment with us, please visit our Patient Forms page, and download your paperwork.  If possible, please print the forms, and fill them out at your convenience.  If you complete the forms, please remember to bring them with you to your first scheduled visit.  

Prior to your first visit, you will receive a phone call from us to discuss your insurance benefits and your financial responsibilities if any at Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

We suggest that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your first scheduled appointment to complete the registration process.

Make sure you:

  • Bring the forms you completed at home

  • Bring your therapy prescription, if you have one.

  • Bring your insurance card or workers compensation case number.

  • Bring any relevant diagnostic reports you may have (for example, x-ray or MRI)

  • Wear comfortable clothes that will allow the Physical Therapist access to the body part for which you are being seen.

The first part of your Initial Evaluation involves an interview, during which we will discuss your medical history and your current symptoms. Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • What types of symptoms are you experiencing?

  • How long have you been experiencing these symptoms?

  • How did it start?

  • What aggravates and eases these symptoms?

Please be sure to tell your Physical Therapist about any previous Medical and/or Therapy Treatments you may have had, as well as their results.


The next step is an Extensive Examination.  During your exam, your Physical Therapist may evaluate the following:

  • Strength

  • Range of Motion

  • Flexibility

  • Posture

  • Mobility and Movement Patterns

If appropriate, your Physical Therapist may also perform special clinical tests to assist in the Assessment process.

After your Interview and Evaluation, your Physical Therapist will fully explain your condition and discuss your individual Treatment Plan with you. Your Physical Therapist will also introduce you to the team that will be involved in your rehabilitative care.

If at any time you have questions regarding any aspect of your Treatment Plan, do not hesitate to ask. Your understanding of our Assessment, your Diagnosis, and the Treatment Plan is essential to helping you achieve your goals, and is crucial to a successful outcome at Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

The next step of your initial appointment will be to begin your treatment.  This will most likely involve the following:

  • Manual Therapy

  • Modalities, such as ice, heat, or electrical stimulation

  • An Individualized Therapeutic Exercise Program

  • Education about any Activity Modification

  • Education about a Home Exercise Program, designed individually for you.

Since you will only spend two to three hours a week receiving treatment at Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, what you do before and after treatment is very important.  Follow-through with your Home Exercise Program and Activity Modification is essential in helping you attain your goals.

Please remember to check in with our Receptionists on your way out.  They will coordinate follow-up treatment visits with you and your Therapist, and answer any administrative questions you may have.

Once again, thank you for choosing Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. We suggest you browse through our Frequently Asked Questions,  and check out our Contact Us Page for directions to Our Office. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call.

We look forward to being part of your team.

15 Lake Ridge Plaza Route 303

Valley Cottage, NY 10989

845-675-8444

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