Before any physical therapy, you will have an evaluation (consultation) session. This will include questions on your medical history, lifestyle, participation in sports, and anything else relevant. A detailed discussion about your condition helps the physiotherapist to appraise your situation and create an effective treatment plan. The more clues you give, the more accurate the diagnosis and resulting physiotherapy treatment. During the initial assessment, your physical therapist is looking forward to knowing the following:

1. Medicines, their dosage, and why you are taking them. 

2. Any medical condition that you have been diagnosed with such as spinal cord injury, or sports injury. 

3. Any injuries or surgeries that you had in the past. 

4. Chronic Pain in your body e.g. ankle pain, hip pain, or shoulder pain and pain level too.  

4. Family health history– Feel free to mention the conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or osteoporosis. 

During the initial appointment, you should make the purpose of your physiotherapy appointment clear. This will help you to avail yourself the physiotherapy services in the best possible manner. Most physiotherapists have a limited amount of time with their patients, so being clear about your goals can help you make the most of both your and their time! You should also be clear about the long-term goals of physiotherapy. This will allow your physiotherapist to make the plan of care more meaningful to you. 

Once they’ve obtained all of the necessary information, they’ll assess your injuries during a physical assessment. This session may include functional mobility, posture, and ligament stability.

You should wear comfortable, loose clothing that does not impede movement and gives access to your injury or pain condition. Furthermore, your clothing should not restrict your ability to move your shoulders, knees, hips, or spine.  

Some of the comfortable clothes which allow you to move freely are short sleeve shirts or tank tops. Warm socks are also recommended, depending on your local physiotherapy facility. You may be requested to remove your shoes at times, which may result in cold feet depending on the temperature within the clinic or your internal body temperature. Wearing comfortable footwear, such as a trainer, running shoes, or any other style of sneaker is also recommended.

Once the physical examination is completed, the physical therapist will discuss their diagnosis and treatment options with you.