1. The optimal combination of treatments

Blending science with inspiration, your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally. Your physical therapist will work with you to help you understand your body so you will achieve long-term health benefits.

2. A personal wellness plan tailored for you

Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Your physical therapist can also help you prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness- and wellness-oriented program tailored to your specific needs. Your physical therapist may choose to team with a physical therapist assistant (PTA), an educated and licensed clinician working under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, for components of your care.

There are usually two main goals with treatment. One is to relieve pain and the other is to improve function. Both of these are done by a series of exercises that gradually build up the muscles, tendons and ligaments back to their original length and to train the muscles to help the joints do the job.

You may notice some stiffness, both when doing the exercises and afterward. This is normal at the beginning, but should improve as you go through the sessions.

Do expect your muscles to be tired. If you have not exercised the muscles before, it will take time before they can handle the extra requirements being made of them. This is different from muscle pain.

PT is an important tool that can help you recover from serious problems and get back to your normal routines.

3. A partner in health

Physical therapists and PTAs are your partners throughout your journey to restoring and maintaining motion so that you can function at your personal best.