• Your prescription for physical therapy, if you have one.  Please read about our Physical Therapy without a prescription here.
  • Your insurance card (most insurance plans provide coverage for physical therapy).
  • Any insurance referrals or referral numbers.


  • Loose fitting, comfortable clothes so the area causing difficulty can be evaluated and treated.
  • You may want to wear or bring shorts if we are treating an ankle or knee.


  • Your physical therapist will review and discuss your one on one physical therapy needs including how it impacts your day-to-day life and the level of pain you feel. This will include the following:
    • Your medical history
    • Your current problems/complaints
    • Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem
    • How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations
    • Medications, tests and procedures related to your health
  • You’ll receive a comprehensive, one-hour evaluation that helps your therapist understand your current injury or issue. The assessment may include some of the following:
    • Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of things like tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature and inflammation.
    • Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
    • Muscle Testing – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
    • Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
    • Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
    • Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and to each other may be assessed.
  • After your evaluation, your therapist will formulate a treatment plan. The final plan will include input from you and your doctor and will include how many sessions you will need and your individual session goals.


  • You will see the same therapist on each visit with us and for the majority of your appointment, you will receive hands-on, manual therapy. Most visits take about 60 minutes.
  • Using the plan created on your first visit, your therapist will guide you through your series of goals, including a focus on education and exercises to do at home to set you on a track for a faster recovery.

Additional questions? Visit our Physical Therapy FAQ page.