A physical therapy consultation is an appointment between a physical therapist and a patient. Its purpose is to discuss how physical therapy can help the patient, depending on what kind of pain or injury he is suffering from. This is usually offered by physical therapy clinics and specialists for free and is beneficial for anyone who is suffering from pain or injury and is considering physical therapy as part of an ongoing treatment as well as for anyone who has certain mobility and motion problems caused by other factors.
Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of any medical problem that hinders individuals from moving normally and properly and keeps them from performing their normal activities.
At the end of the consultation, the patient will be given a recommended physical therapy plan, which he can follow alongside his medical treatment plan. Incorporating physical therapy into a medical treatment plan for pain or injury can help reduce the need for prescription drugs (which can cause side effects) and surgical intervention.
The purpose of physical therapy is to:
- Improve or allow proper mobility and movement
- Improve flexibility, coordination and balance
- Reduce pain
- Restore proper body function
- Prevent progression of symptoms, such as further impairment and disability
At the end of a consultation with a physical therapist, a patient should be aware of how physical therapy can be of benefit to him and what kind of physical therapy programs he can undergo so he can make an informed decision as to whether to incorporate it into his existing medical care plan.