The first visit to your physical therapist will be an evaluation. During the evaluation, your therapist will ask you a series of questions about your condition, pain and your past medical history. Once your PT has all of this information, they will proceed to do the examination by checking your range of motion, strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, coordination, and posture. Your PT will also palpate around the area of the injury and look at the integrity of the muscles, joints, and tissue.
During the evaluation and all treatment sessions, you want to make sure you are wearing loose and comfortable clothing. For example, if you have shoulder pain, wear a short sleeve shirt or a tank top. If you have knee or ankle pain, make sure to wear shorts.