Does physical therapy hurt?

In almost all cases, no. "No Pain - No Gain" is not true in most cases. Though, you may develop some muscle soreness from working muscles that you haven't used or that are weak.

What should I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, your physical therapist will perform an evaluation to determine what deficits and/or problems you have that can be addressed in physical therapy. The evaluation involves a thorough history, a systems review, and tests and measures that allow the physical therapist to get a more specific understanding of your condition.

Your physical therapist will make a clinical judgment as to your diagnosis and prognosis. A treatment program will be developed aimed at resolving the problems identified as well as to attain the goals you set in conjunction with the physical therapist. Your evaluation will be sent to your doctor within 24 hours so that your physician is always kept up to date with your therapy progression.

If any problems or concerns arise, your therapist will contact your doctor directly to work out a plan to handle it quickly for you.