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What can I expect at my first physical therapy visit?

  • To receive a thorough examination which includes medical history, tests and measures, and palpation, all which may vary per diagnosis.

  • To find the cause of your pain or limitation & receive education on your condition.

  • To begin treatment & receive a personalized Home Exercise Program.

  • To schedule future visits recommended by your DPT after establishing your Plan of Care. 

  • To have your questions answered.


What should I wear to my Physical Therapy visits?

  • Comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.

  • Athletic or gym shoes. 

  • Shorts or a tank top, that will provide access to the body part/s being treated, especially helpful for Plans of Care that include manual therapy or specialty services.

What is a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)?

  • Education is a clinical doctorate which takes 6-7 years to complete.

  • Must be licensed in each state they practice in. 

  • Provides a differential diagnosis and can refer you to other health providers if needed. 

  • Can see patients under "Direct Access" in Illinois, without a doctor's prescription

Why choose PT when massage therapy, chiropractic care, or personal training is cheaper?

  • While massage therapy, chiropractic care, and personal training provide services that are complementary to physical therapy care plans, in fact, only Physical Therapists focus on movement and restoration of the entire body and are qualified to evaluate, diagnose, and provide treatment.

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