Preparing for Your Visit

Sierra View Medical Center - Rehabilitation

If you have an upcoming appointment with the Rehabilitation Department at Sierra View Medical Center, we want to provide you with tips to making your visit as successful as possible. Whether this is your first time with a therapist, or you've been treated before, this list can help you and our care team make the most of your appointment.

Make Lists!

Before your visit, get out a pen and some paper and start writing things down to bring with you to your appointment. Writing things down can help you remember all important information when it comes time to meet with your therapist, and can even help you realize that you have questions or concerns buried below the surface of your conscience.

What kinds of things should you write down?

  • Any and all questions that you may have - no matter how complex or simple they are
  • Any symptoms that you have been experiencing, and how long they have been an issue - try to organize by most bothersome to least. Also note any specific details about each symptom, including how certain activities, movements, positions, or times of day affect them.
  • Your medical history - note everything you can think of, no matter how relevant you think it is. Your therapist might be able to help you understand how certain past matters are affecting your body now. Also include any medications, supplements or vitamins that you're taking in this list.
  • Personal information such as things that are creating stress in your life.
  • Dietary information - what kinds of things are you eating?
  • Try to describe what you may believe to have contributed to your current condition - is it an injury? Was there an incident that might have caused something? Or perhaps its environmental factors?
  • Also note your family's medical history - again, even if certain things don't seem relevant to you, they may end up being extremely so.

What to Bring With You

Now that you've written down all the information you never thought you would have needed, it's time to go! Make sure you come with the right tools and information to ensure that your appointment is as successful as possible.

Things to bring:

  • Your lists!
  • A friend or family member - for support, of course, but also to help you remember any details you may have forgotten and to take notes throughout your appointment for later reference
  • Any every day tools you use to see and hear as well as possible, including glasses, hearing aids, etc. Also remember to tell the staff if you have difficulty hearing or seeing.
  • Lab reports or diagnostic reports that you've received from any prior doctor visits related to your current condition.
  • A list of your physicians and other medical professionals to whom you would like us to send updates regarding your evaluation and progress in rehabilitation.

What to Wear

In general, it is recommended that you avoid wearing overly tight or formal clothing to a rehabilitation therapy session, as many may involve exercises and stretches that would be more comfortable in moveable attire. However, just to be sure, it is advised that you ask the staff when scheduling your appointment or prior to coming in if there are any specific guidelines that your therapist would like you to follow.

Have More Questions?

Do you still have questions or concerns about your first visit? Give us a call or reach us online and one of our rehabilitation care team staff members can help. We look forward to seeing you!

Contact Rehabilitation Services:

  • Phone: (559) 791-3925
  • Fax: (559) 791-3805