Each patient is seen for an initial evaluation (60-90 minutes), followed by one-on-one treatment sessions as indicated; my goal is to help you reach your goals.
Examinations, manual (hands-on) therapy, and pelvic muscle techniques are performed in private treatment rooms.
Exercises may be performed privately in a treatment room or in the gym area, based on each patients’ comfort level.
Patients are always welcome to bring a support partner to therapy sessions
- Referral form (print version) fill out electronically below.
Success Physical Therapy offers same-week appointments for new onset acute orthopedic symptoms. Having gained experience as a liaison physical therapist in an emergency department setting, Diana has become adept at screening acute orthopedic injuries, and is confident in referring a patient to their physician if needed. When physical therapy is appropriate, Diana is skilled in providing interventions to resolve acute pain and minimize compensatory symptoms that often occur as a result of delayed treatment of orthopedic injuries.
Because of the unique relationship of the pelvic floor muscles to the deep abdominal and pelvic organs and structures, we may refer patients with acute pelvic and abdominal pain to your PCP or specialist based on exam findings.
For patients with obstetric orthopedic injuries, we request that you discuss your symptoms with your physician, nurse practitioner, or midwife prior to setting up your physical therapy consult. Please call us if you have questions regarding this policy.
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New Patient Letter
To Our New Patients,
Thank you for choosing physical therapy services at Success Physical Therapy. I have dedicated my clinical skills to include very specific patient education and treatment techniques. I have taken courses that focus on your specific medical diagnosis, and enable me to use the most current, research-based treatment interventions.
Here at Success Physical Therapy, we understand that your medical diagnosis may be unfamiliar to you as well as to your friends and family. We understand that your symptoms may be frustrating and/or debilitating at times. We also understand that your symptoms may cause significant compromise to your normal daily activities, your ability to work, or to your ability to enjoy relationships with friends and family.
We realize that physicians often do not have adequate time to explain your medical diagnosis, or even discuss why physical therapy may be helpful. We are dedicated to listening; answering your questions, and giving you time to discuss your treatment goals.
We encourage you think of physical therapy as a treatment program based on a relationship with a clinician who is committed to providing you with the resources to heal your body. We expect that you will take the education and resources as tools, and will use them as instructed. We expect that you will be an active participant in your plan of care. We ask that you envision yourself as healthy, with healthy tissue, and begin to visualize yourself returning to your desired activities, relationships, and social interactions.
For patients receiving treatments for pelvic pain, urinary or fecal incontinence, or orthopedic pain during a pregnancy, we are aware that you may have been told that your symptoms are normal given your situation or past medical history. You may even been told that there is nothing that can be done to improve your situation or decrease your pain. I believe that with active participation in your care, many symptoms can be diminished or eliminated.
I will ask you to set goals for your physical therapy. Please consider choosing functional goals that we will discuss and work towards during each therapy session. Think about what you would like to be able to do as a result of your therapy. I will be there to provide you with the tools and resources to work towards your goals.
Lastly, I am committed to respecting your treatment time with me, as well as the time for the patients scheduled after you. I ask that you come to each therapy session on time with a list of any questions regarding your treatment. I ask that you respect my need to be prompt for each patient’s treatment time, and that if you have questions at the end of a session, we will discuss them at your next visit.
I look forward to working with you,
Diana Fassett PT Physical Therapist
What to bring
- your forms, including detailed medical / surgical history and recent tests
- your referral, if required by your insurance company for reimbursement
- your insurance benefits worksheet
What to wear
- Physical therapists are trained to observe your movement patterns and monitor your ability to do your exercises during your first and follow up visits.
- Clothing that is too loose or too tight may make it difficult for us to accurately assess your movement, and may make it more difficult to you to perform your exercises.
- We will provide gowns, however you may find that you prefer to bring exercise type clothing and low heeled shoes or sneakers.
What to expect
Your first visit will be a comprehensive examination by a licensed physical therapist with specialized training to address your individual needs.
Forms: we will review your medical history and forms with you and discuss your pelvic health symptoms, functional limitations, and goals.
Posture, flexibility, and movement: we will perform a comprehensive, hands-on evaluation of your overall posture, flexibility, and movement patterns that may contribute to your symptoms.
Pelvic floor muscles: for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, an external and internal examination of your pelvic muscles may be performed to determine the cause of your symptoms.
A pelvic muscle exam performed by a physical therapist is different than a pelvic or prostate exam from a physician.
Is used to identify correct muscle contraction and relaxation techniques
Locates trigger points and muscle spasm
Identifies significant weakness or severe organ prolapse (laxity or bulging of the vaginal walls)
Is performed to examine the musculoskeletal components of the pelvic region.
Identifies muscle symmetry, strength, length, tone, and contraction / relaxation ability
Identifies scar tissue, myofascial restrictions, and coccyx and organ positions.
Biofeedback with an external peri-rectal sensor may be used instead of or as part of the evaluation.
We will then discuss evaluation findings and treatment recommendations with you, as well take time to answer any questions you may have.
Your therapist will discuss your progress at the start of each session; and based on your input, will continue or modify your individualized physical therapy plan of care.
Most patients will require treatment once per week, while some patients will benefit from 2 x week initially based on symptom acuity. Most patients will gradually decrease visit frequency as symptoms improve.
Manual (hands-on) techniques are used to restore mobility and decrease pain
Exercises are used to increase flexibility, strength, coordination and stability
Education is used to help you understand your diagnosis, integrate your new learning into your daily life, and ultimately manage your symptoms independently.
Treatment may include interventions to peripheral regions of your body that are contributing to your main area of dysfunction