Physical Therapy

Overcome limitations on your everyday activities caused by pain and lack of strength and mobility

Stiffness and pain from injury can limit your movement and ability to function. Physical therapy helps you reset and recalibrate with exercises and other tools to regain strength, endurance, posture and movement.

Physical therapy will help you recover from injuries and muscle overuse so you can successfully return to the activities of your daily life.

Your Physical Therapy Treatment Plan

Physical therapy involves a variety of techniques to address your pain or mobility problems. Exercise, manual therapy and other interventions will be customized for your needs. You’ll also learn exercises you can do at home to help you recover faster.

Depending on your needs, your physical therapy may include:

What To Expect with Physical Therapy

Your Physical Therapy Treatment Plan

Physical therapy involves a variety of techniques to address your pain or mobility problems. Exercise, manual therapy and other interventions will be customized for your needs. You’ll also learn exercises you can do at home to help you recover faster.

Depending on your needs, your physical therapy may include:

Preparing For Physical Therapy

A typical therapy session combines individualized exercise with hands-on techniques and technology to help improve your mobility and reduce pain. You’ll work one-on-one with a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant throughout your appointment.

Before Your First Physical Therapy Appointment

Make a List of Your Symptoms

Note if the pain is better or worse with certain movements, at certain times of day or on a certain part of your body.

Be Prepared with Your Medical History

Provide your physical therapist with as much information as you can. Include any injuries or surgeries you’ve had, any medication you take (prescription or over the counter), or any other information that affects your health.

During Your Appointment

Your therapist will perform an examination to check strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture and the mobility of your joints, muscles and other tissues. Your gait (how you walk), functional ability (such as getting up from a chair) or ability to bend and lift may also be checked.

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move and exercise in.
  • Be prepared to follow your therapist’s instructions and complete all recommended exercises in order to recover fully.

Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist (PT)

  • How long can I expect treatment to last?
  • Will my PT be painful?
  • Are there exercises I can do at home?
  • Do I need to avoid any activities while I’m recovering?
  • Are there things I need to avoid so my pain doesn’t become worse?
  • How can I prevent my pain from coming back?

Questions To Ask Your Physical Therapist

Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist (PT)

  • How long can I expect treatment to last?
  • Will my PT be painful?
  • Are there exercises I can do at home?
  • Do I need to avoid any activities while I’m recovering?
  • Are there things I need to avoid so my pain doesn’t become worse?
  • How can I prevent my pain from coming back?

Patient Stories for Physical Therapy

MoveForwardPT

The official consumer information website of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Medline Plus

This site explains how physical medicine and rehabilitation can help you recover after a medical condition or injury.

ASTYM

Learn about this regenerative soft tissue therapy that rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body.

Resources

MoveForwardPT

The official consumer information website of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Medline Plus

This site explains how physical medicine and rehabilitation can help you recover after a medical condition or injury.

ASTYM

Learn about this regenerative soft tissue therapy that rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body.