What To Expect

What To Expect

Recovering from an injury or illness can be a daunting prospect. Don't worry! Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Outpatient Therapy will build a treatment plan around you, and our therapists will be there every step of the way as you reach your recovery goals. If you’re considering beginning care at one of our outpatient therapy centers or you’ve already made an appointment, below is an outline of what you can expect from us.

Prior to Initial Visit

Prescription for Treatment

Direct Access allows most physical therapy patients to come directly to one of our clinics to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without a prescription. Other types of therapy treatments and extended physical therapy sessions require a prescription issued by your physician. This prescription is similar to the one you would take to a pharmacy to fill a medication and includes recommendations for treatment.

Find a Center Near You

Visit our locations page to find a convenient outpatient therapy center near your home, work or school. Call the center of choice to schedule your initial evaluation. Or contact our scheduling  office.

Insurance Verification

Our staff will verify your insurance and our participation in your specific insurance plan.

Initial Evaluation

What to Wear

We usually recommend that patients wear looser-fitting exercise clothing and sneakers for maximum comfort.

Patient Registration Forms

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to complete your new patient registration forms, or you can review the forms online and fill them out at home before your appointment. When you arrive at the center, the patient service specialist will greet you and review the forms. We will then schedule all of your appointments and collect your co-payment (if applicable) at each visit.

Meet the Therapist

You will meet with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, hand therapist or speech therapist who will evaluate your injury or condition. They will discuss your goals and specific needs to develop your individualized treatment plan.

Next Steps

The length of your treatment plan and frequency of visits is based on your specific injury/condition, the physician prescription, your insurance plan and the therapist’s recommended treatment plan.

Regularly Scheduled Appointments

At each visit, you will work with a member of our clinical team who will instruct and supervise your care. As you reach specific treatment goals, you will progress to new levels, treatments and exercises.

At the end of each visit, your therapist will answer any questions you may have. This is a terrific time to share your thoughts, revisit your goals, and discuss any other important information with your therapist.

In order for our clinical team to get you back to optimal functionality in a quick and safe manner, you will likely have more than one therapy appointment a week. While this may present a temporary interruption to your schedule, your long-term gains should offset any inconvenience.

Home Exercise Programs

You may be provided with a home exercise program that compliments your plan of care. The home program is an important part of the healing process and will assist you in achieving your goals.


Your therapist will maintain regular contact with your doctor, surgeon and/or case manager to ensure timely updates on your progress.