How to prepare for your first PT visit

Treatment Room

So, you are going to have your first visit with a PT. If you haven’t had physical therapy before, you may have some questions of what to expect.

First, you should be sure to have ID and insurance information ready, along with any referral (if applicable) paperwork with you. You will want to show up about 15 minutes early for your appointment to fill out paperwork. If you want to get a head-start on this, you can download and fill out paperwork beforehand, just click here for these forms. If you have a complex medical history or medication list, please bring those, also.

Next, you will want to dress appropriately for your first visit. Generally, you will want loose fitting and/or stretchy clothing in order to allow for full movement of your body. Your first visit will involve a full assessment, which includes looking at range of motion, strength, and movement. If a particular body part will be assessed, you may want to dress particularly for this, such as shorts for the knee or tank top for a shoulder.

Bring a list of questions that you want to ask your therapist. The first visit is the time when we do a lot of education about your situation, and it is a great time to ask the questions you have had. Also, while we do our best to not cause extra discomfort during your first visit, sometimes as we test the limits of your movement or strength, you may get a little more sore from this first visit.

There are other good resources online for preparing for your first visit, such as this one by Move Forward PT, or this one by GetPT.

Please feel free to contact us in advance of your appointment if you have any questions, 208-215-2210.

We look forward to getting to know you!