What to Expect
At your initial evaluation, your physical therapist (PT) will review your medical history and discussing the specifics of what has brought you to physical therapy. Your therapist may also ask you detailed questions about your case, including:
- What was your prior level of functioning before your injury?
- How are you currently functioning and how does if affect your ability to perform task at home or work, or enjoy sports activities and hobbies?
- What kind of movements, positions, or activities make your condition better or worse?
- What are you goals for physical therapy?
After listening to you describe your condition and concerns surrounding it, your PT will perform a thorough examination to clinically assess your current condition. Depending on your symptoms and condition they may assess how you walk (gait), as well as your range of motion, strength, flexibility, and balance. The therapist may also perform certain specialized orthopedic tests to help determine the potential cause of your condition. It is important to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and allows the therapist to access the part of your body that is being treated.