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What To Expect During A Physical Therapy Session

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Physical therapy is an important part of the healing process for many individuals. It can help with pain management, injuries, and surgery recovery, as well as improve mobility and restore regular strength and function. 

But, if you’re new to physical therapy, you may be wondering — what exactly happens during a physical therapy session? What can I expect? 

In this blog post, we’ll explore the various activities that physical therapists (like us) may perform during a session to give you a little insight into what to expect if you’re considering inquiring about more information and booking an appointment. 

Assessing The Patient

The first step in any physical therapy session is to assess the patient. This includes taking into consideration any factors that may have caused your current condition such as your detailed medical history and any recent injuries or illnesses you may have had. Then, your PT will perform a physical examination to identify any areas of concern that you may have not mentioned. This assessment helps your PT determine which treatments are most appropriate for your condition and is an essential part of the process. 

Developing a Treatment Plan Tailored To You

Once your initial assessment is complete, your PT will then develop an individualized treatment plan designed for you. This is because, like most PTs, we know that no two patients’ pain experiences are the same which is why it’s essential to individualize each treatment plan as such. Typically, your plan will include specific exercises and activities designed to improve your strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Each exercise will have its own unique purpose in your healing process. 

Carrying Out Your Treatment

During each session, your PT will carry out treatment according to the individualized plan that they come up with for you. These treatments may include stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, balance training, posture correction techniques, manual therapy techniques, and other modalities of treatment that your clinic may offer. Your PT will also provide education about how to manage your pain or prevent further injury. Your PT will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you’re performing each exercise properly so you don’t become injured or make the pain you’re already experiencing worse. 

Evaluating Your Progress

At each session, your PT will evaluate how well you are progressing with your treatment plan. They may ask questions about how you’re feeling after completing certain exercises or activities and if you’re noticing any positive or negative changes in the process. Depending on your answers, your PT might modify your treatment plan to better fit your needs to ensure that it’s most effective in helping you win back your life and reach your goals. 


Physical therapists play an essential role in helping patients recover from injury, pain, or illness by providing individualized care tailored to each person’s needs. With us here at Physical Achievement Center you can expect to feel supported by your physical therapist and that you’re finally making the progress you need so you can get back to living an active lifestyle without limitations. 

If you’re interested in physical therapy after reading this post and are looking for a PT in your Oshkosh, WI area, then be sure to contact us here at Physical Achievement Center. We are the solution you’ve been tirelessly searching for when it comes to pain management and recovery. To learn more, be sure to click the link below to get more information TODAY! We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Dr. Eric Koehler

Physical Achievement Center

"We Help People Achieve Greater Mobility & Strength So They Can Get Back To Their Active LifestylesWithout Medications, Injections, or Surgeries, …Even When Nothing Else Has Worked"