1. How do I get started with physical therapy?
In order to start physical therapy, you will first have to see your doctor and he/she will provide you with a prescription for physical therapy. The prescription can be from a primary care doctor or a specialist (i.e., Orthopedist, Neurologist, etc.). Once you have a prescription, the next step is making your physical therapy appointment for an initial evaluation.
2. How often are physical therapy sessions and how long do I have to come?
Most patients come for therapy 2-3 times a week and the average patient is in therapy from 1-3 months.
3. Will therapy be painful?
Most patients are in physical therapy for pain of some sort. If you are having pain with your normal activities of daily living, you will most likely have some degree of discomfort when performing some activities in physical therapy. However, Physical Therapists are trained to work an injured area while minimizing stress and strains on the injured area. For this reason, most patients are pleasantly surprised with the fact they have less pain in therapy then they do in their normal everyday activities.
4. What are the goals for therapy?
The goal for therapy is always to maximize your strength, flexibility and function, and also to minimize your pain. In other words, the goal is always to restore you to your maximum level.