How should I dress?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice. For low back problems, wear a loose-fitting shirt and pants so we can perform a thorough examination.
How long will each treatment last?
Treatment sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes per visit.
How many visits will I need?
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need weeks to months of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history and more.
Is physical therapy painful?
The primary physical therapy objective is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on therapy treatments and exercise to maintain mobility gains from these hand-on interventions. In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful, but this is not the goal.
For example, recovering range of motion after total knee replacement or range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency and duration of pain to your therapist.