How is a Physical Therapy Assessment Conducted?

November 29th, 2018 | in Physiotherapy White Rock

How is a physical therapy assessment conducted?

Answer: Your physiotherapist will use a variety of diagnostic and treatment options to get you on the road to recovery.


If it is your first time having physical therapy, your initial appointment for consultation can feel daunting. To help you feel better prepared with what to expect when undergoing physical therapy, we have compiled this list of common concerns from newcomers.

Your first visit to the physiotherapy office will include an initial evaluation. Your physiotherapist will spend a good deal of time assessing your condition, and evaluating how to put a treatment plan specific to you together. This portion of your session is a good time to come forward with any questions or concerns you may have about your therapy.

What to Wear

One of the first questions a patient usually asks is: what should I wear to my appointment? You should wear clothing that is loose and comfortable – you will be expected to move around during your appointment. Be sure that your clothing allows access to your area of concern: shorts are recommended for leg or knee pains. You will have the opportunity to get changed at the clinic if needed.

At the Appointment

After discussing your condition and answering any questions, your physiotherapist will commence with a physical examination. Some methods of assessing your condition may include:

  • Range of Motion Measurements
  • Strength Tests
  • Balance
  • Palpation

Once your assessment is complete, your physiotherapist will discuss your diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for your concern.


Typically, your treatment will begin immediately after your exam. Your physiotherapist may use any number of treatment options, including some of the following:

  • Ultrasound
  • Dry Needling
  • Massage
  • Electrotherapy
  • Cryo and Heat Therapy
  • Kinetic Taping
  • Exercise Training

The goal of these treatments is to get you feeling and moving better. In some cases, you might start to feel an improvement right away, but most conditions require a commitment to continued treatment and exercises. Your physiotherapist will give you an idea of how many visits you should expect to schedule.


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