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Starting physical therapy can be a stressful and sometimes scary process if you have no idea what to expect. Whether you choose to go on your own, or your physician recommends beginning physical therapy, many people are ...
Starting physical therapy can be a stressful and sometimes scary process if you have no idea what to expect. Whether you choose to go on your own, or your physician recommends beginning physical therapy, many people are unsure what to do next.
Your very first session with your physical therapist is called an initial evaluation. Here your physical therapist will spend one-on-one time with you to learn about your needs, your condition, previous level of function and how it is affecting your life. Then, your physical therapist will put together a treatment plan specifically for you.
Some of the common physical therapy examination may include:
How long will a physical therapy session last? Typically an average session lasts 60 minutes. Most patients will benefit from visiting about three times a week. You will tend to keep going until you have reached the desired result that is set by you and your physician. Some of the factors affecting the amount of physical therapy you need including:
Ever wonder about what to wear? It’s important that you are comfortable since you will be moving around a lot during your first physical therapy session. Your physical therapy session may include stretches and some moderate exercise so dress as if you are going to the gym. If you have shoulder pain, wear a shirt that allows access to your arm and shoulder. If you have knee or ankle pain, wear shorts. Also, keep in mind that many physical therapy clinics have a changing room for you to swap your clothes if you are coming straight from work.
At Above & Beyond Physical Therapy, your physical therapist will be able to assess your specific situation and provide focused treatments and exercises to help you return to your previous level of function.
Hopefully, we’ve answered some common questions about what to expect from physical therapy. We look forward to advancing your health.