Physical therapy is an important component of orthopedic treatment. In fact, it is often one of the first steps in addressing an injury.
Each visit will last about 60 minutes on average. Times may vary according to the treatment and exercises being performed.
Physical therapy works within each patient’s own pain threshold, so the answer is definitely no. However, during your healing process you’re competing against your own body limits, as you are teaching your body to repair and rehabilitate itself after being injured and in pain. The more you rehab and do physical therapy, the faster and easier it will be for your body to heal.
– A referral or prescription from your doctor.
– Your medical insurance card.
– Your Photo ID.
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including the claim number.
*Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.*
In general, you should attend physical therapy until you reach your PT goals or until your therapist—and you—decide that your goals need to be re-evaluated. Typically, it takes about 6 to 8 weeks for soft tissue to heal, so your course of PT may last about that long before modifying your goals.