What You Can Expect During Physiotherapy Treatment Sessions

Posted by Alan - June 12, 2020

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Physiotherapy is a treatment that addresses physical conditions due to injuries, accidents, or long-term strains. It helps restore, maintain, and improve a patient’s mobility, function, and overall wellbeing. 


Many people seek physiotherapy to significantly improve their mobility and function, especially those with physical conditions. Other people who have suffered from certain diseases, such as stroke, as well as those who had major surgery, consult a physio to better their health and condition.


If you are doing physiotherapy soon and would want to know what to expect, here is a rundown of what happens during each session:


During the 1st Session

On your very first consultation, the physiotherapist will assess your condition to see what treatment is re to address your health concerns. This will be divided into two assessments, called the “subjective” and “objective.”

Typically, they will also ask you to perform specific exercises at home to help relieve your condition. They will provide an information sheet about the exercises to make sure that you are doing them correctly. Aside from that, they will explain the importance and benefits of such exercises for your condition. 


During the Subjective Assessment

This is done to assess your condition according to how the injury occurred, what you are feeling, and how it affects your daily life. This assessment aims to identify the root cause of your condition, its effects, and treatment.

Your physiotherapist would ask you questions, including:

  • How long have you had the condition?
  • Was it from an accident, injury, or long-term strain?
  • What relieves and triggers its pain?
  • How does it affect your daily life?
  • What are your hobbies and line of work?
  • What is your medical history?

Such information is crucial for your physiotherapist to assess the cause of your condition, formulate a hypothesis, give the best advice, and find the right and safe solution.


During the Objective Assessment

The goal of this assessment is to confirm the hypothesis of your physiotherapy from the previous assessment. They will ask you to perform a series of movements to demonstrate where you may have discomfort or stiffness.

Doing this also allows them to see and assess the level of pain you may be feeling, ensuring that their assessment and recommendations are safe and appropriate.


During the 2nd Session

On your second visit, your physiotherapist will ask your questions to assess your condition after the first session. The goal here is to identify:

  • Whether there are any changes in your condition
  • How you are feeling physically
  • How beneficial are the exercises
  • How easy or challenging the exercises are for you

Doing this will help them make changes and adjustments to your treatment to achieve an improvement in results. It will also help them assess your condition further by reviewing the success rate of the exercises and treatment given to you.


During Follow-up Sessions

You would need follow-up sessions for as long as you would need continual treatment. During these sessions, your physiotherapist will re-assess your condition to spot improvements and adjust treatment if needed. They may ask you to perform additional exercises or discontinue some.

The only time you would stop attending sessions is when:

  • You and your physiotherapist are confident that you can continue your treatment yourself at home
  • You have fully recovered from your injury or physical condition

Follow-up sessions happen weeks in-between to allow you to make improvements, according to your condition. Typically, patients finish physiotherapy in five sessions or less. Each one lasts 45 minutes to one hour.



Physiotherapy is a great treatment for people who suffer from injuries or other physical conditions. This type of treatment would need the patient’s full involvement and participation, as its success relies solely on the information provided and progress made by the patient during each session. 

If you are looking for a physio in Brisbane, get in touch with us today. You can put your trust in our professional physiotherapist as they are passionate and committed to improving the health and condition of our patients.