Updated: Jul 15, 2019
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A physical therapist helps take care of patients in all phases of healing, from initial diagnosis through the restorative and preventive stages of recovery. Physical therapy may be a standalone option, or it may support other treatments.
Some patients are referred to a physical therapist by their doctor, but other seek therapy themselves.
Whichever way a patient come to a physical therapist, they can expect to:
Undergo a physical exam and evaluation, including a health history and certain testing procedures, including evaluation of posture, movement and flexibility, and of muscle and joint motion and performance
Receive a clinical diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care and short and long term goals
Receive physical therapy treatment and intervention based on the therapist's evaluation and diagnosis
Receive self-management recommendations - With in depth at home exercise program
Patients often train with a physical therapist in exercises that they can do at home, to help them function more effectively.
What Should I Wear?
Come to your appointments in comfortable and breathable clothing. If you have an upper back, shoulder or neck injury wear either a tank top or a top that allows easy access to the location of your injury.