Physical Therapist FAQ

What does a physical therapist do?

Physical therapists are doctorate-level movement/musculoskeletal experts who specialize in helping people improve their physical function and quality of life. In other words, physical therapists work with our patients to help them achieve their goals, whether that’s recovering from an injury or surgery, reaching a new athletic level, or minimizing pain.

What will happen during my first physical therapy appointment?

At your first appointment, your physical therapist will discuss your health history, reasons for seeking their care, and your goals. The physical therapist will then complete a thorough initial evaluation, assessing functional abilities such as your range of motion, strength levels, movement capabilities, and pain levels. Together, you’ll create a plan of care with your physical therapist to assist you in meeting your goals.

How can a physical therapist help me?

Physical therapists are highly skilled clinicians who utilize manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic activities, and physical performance testing, in order to strategically train their patients while optimizing the body’s natural healing processes.

How long will I need physical therapy?

That will depend on the reason why you’re seeking care. Physical therapists work together with their patients and other medical/healthcare providers to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your specific needs.

Does physical therapy hurt?

That will depend on the reason you are coming in, however one of the physical therapists main goals will be to minimize pain. You may also experience some temporary soreness and discomfort as you work new/deconditioned muscles. If you ever feel pain during a session, immediately let your therapist know.

How long does a physical therapy appointment last?

Initial examinations and follow up appointments are typically 60 minutes

What should I wear to my sessions?

Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement. Aim for athletic attire and not casual clothing such as jeans, if possible.