What To Expect 

Welcome to Wasatch Physical Therapy Men's Health

Our Men’s Health specialists are trained and experienced to help men overcome health issues specific to them.  They specialize in optimizing sexual, bowel, bladder, and musculoskeletal health.  Expect them to become a large part of your team working to solve what is causing your concern and assist in creating the best treatment plan to address it. Expect a comprehensive discussion and evaluation of your concerns and what your functional goals are.  Expect evidence-driven skilled interventions to be organized into a customized treatment plan designed to help you get back to life.  

Before your Initial Visit

  1. Think about what your goals are for Physical Therapy.  What would you like to accomplish?  What does the optimal life look like for you?

  2. Make a list of what’s bothering you.  What are your symptoms?  What makes them worse or better?  Have you had changes in your bowel or bladder habits?  Do you experience pain?

  3. Write down any questions you have for your therapist. You will learn a lot about your body when you begin physical therapy so bring any questions you have.

  4. Bring a list of any current medications and any past surgical or medical history. Even if you think it may not apply to your current concerns, the chances are that your therapist would like to be aware of it.  

  5. In most cases you do not need to have a prescription from your physician before coming to Physical Therapy but if you have discussed PT with your doctor make sure they have sent us a referral or bring one with you. Also, feel free to bring along any test results you may have gotten for this condition.

Evaluation

  1. When you come to your first visit, your Physical Therapist will have a private discussion with you about why you are coming to PT, what has been bothering you and what your goals are. They will ask you a lot of questions about your health, mobility, pain etc. Depending on why you are coming in, they may ask you specific questions about how often you go to the bathroom, if you have pain associated with intercourse, etc., if there is anything you don’t feel comfortable talking about let your therapist know so they can respect your boundaries.  

  2. Your therapist will also perform some objective testing with you that may include seeing how you walk, how your body moves in different ways and how strong and/or flexible certain muscles are.  Sometimes your therapist will use special equipment for real time images of your internal muscles or to measure the electrical activity of certain muscles. Your evaluation may also include specific hands on assessment of bones, muscles, or other tissues that may be related to your condition. 

  3. Your therapist will discuss their findings and diagnosis with you and determine if Physical Therapy is the best way to help you. Together you will make a plan for recovery including goals for your progress and how frequently to visit. 

  4. If your therapist thinks another health care provider will be able to help your specific needs, they will help guide you to the right people.  

  5. Generally your therapist will begin treatment within the first visit and send you home with some exercises or self-treatment techniques to begin your recovery right away.

  6. When you first arrive for your initial visit, our office staff will ask you to sign our patient consent form, financial policy, and provide some basic information about yourself and your condition.  This is a good time to clear up any questions you may have about billing, etc.

Continued Treatments

  1. We know that healing takes time and our therapists will stand by you throughout your recovery. Your therapist will recommend a treatment schedule for hands-on personal treatments and continued monitoring. 

  2. Some of the healing that occurs with Physical Therapy will come with activity modifications and exercises that you will do in your own home. As you follow up your therapy team will review these and help progress you through these exercises as you get better, but consistency at home is the key to success. 

  3. Expect to have good days and bad days. As you and your therapist navigate your recovery it is likely that some days you will feel worse than the day before. This is common and sometimes a normal part of therapy. Always let your therapist know about how you are doing and feel free to call in if you think anything is out of the ordinary. Your therapist will talk to you about ways to manage pain and other symptoms between sessions. 

  4. Communication is key in therapy, so never be shy to communicate your thoughts and concerns to your therapist. You are trusting in the expertise of your therapist and they are trusting in your insight into your body

Our Clinic

Our Men’s Health therapists practice out of four clinics in Ogden, Roy, Layton and Farmington.  Each clinic has an open gym area with exercise equipment, but most of the evaluations and pelvic health treatments will take place in a private room. We try our best to provide a comfortable environment for healing, and are currently taking extra steps to sanitize common areas and equipment.

Other Resources

“Preparing for your visit with a Physical Therapist” from the APTA

https://www.choosept.com/resources/prepare.aspx