Physical Therapy in Baton Rouge, LA

Physical Therapy FAQ by Delta Physical Therapy


At Delta Physical Therapy, we help those Baton Rouge, LA residents suffering from pain get directly to the source through our comprehensive physical therapy treatments. We believe everyone deserves to live pain-free and have access to quality care. Keep reading for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding physical therapy.

 Schedule a FREE physical therapy assessment with one of our therapist today to get you well on your way to optimal performance and pain-free life. 

What Does Physical Therapy Do?


When you are dealing with  pain or any movement dysfunction, physical therapy works to treat the source of that pain. Your doctor may recommend this type of treatment if you have had an injury or illness that makes it more difficult than usual to do daily tasks comfortably. Physical therapy helps people function, move, and live better. You may benefit from physical therapy if you require the following:

Pain relief

Improved mobility

Rehabilitation after an accident, injury, or surgery

Improving balance to prevent a slip or fall

Help managing chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis 

Assistance when learning to use a walker or cane

Recovery from a sports injury

Help to adapt to an artificial limb

Disability prevention

Maintenance of active lifestyle

What is A Physical Therapist?

A physical therapist can be looked at as a movement expert whose job is to optimize a patient’s quality of life through exercise, hands-on care, and education. A seasoned physical therapist, like the ones at Delta Physical Therapy, will teach you how to prevent or manage your condition as a way to achieve long-term health benefits. 

How Long is A Physical Therapy Session?

In most cases, a physical therapy treatment will last about one hour per visit. 

How Many Physical Therapy Visits Will I Need?

This answer will vary depending on the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and other circumstances unique to you. You will be re-evaluated throughout your sessions to track progress, though treatments can vary from one or two visits to several months of care.

Why is Physical Therapy Important?

There are a many reasons physical therapy is essential, as this treatment type can accomplish the following:

  • Managing pain: Therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, and various other treatments such as dry needling, taping, or electrical stimulation can help relieve pain while working to restore muscle and joint function.
  • Avoiding surgery: In many cases, physical therapy is efficient enough treatment to eliminate the need for surgery.  But our therapist work hand in hand with your physician to give you the best outcome.
  • Improving mobility: No matter your age or activity level if you have trouble walking, standing, or moving, physical therapy can help through stretching and exercise.
  • Recovering from an injury or illness: Whether you’re dealing with a sports injury, traumatic orthopedic injury, or reconditioning from immobility after an extended hospital stay, physical therapy can help restore weakened areas of the body and help you return to what you love. 
  • Managing age-related issues: When patients are dealing with age-related issues such as arthritis or generalized weakness, a physical therapist can manage their conditions to help improve their quality of life.
  • Avoiding pain medications: With the opioid crisis at the forefront of our minds, we are happy to offer alternatives to managing pain. While pain medications may be a simple fix initially, in the long term research shows that relearning effective movement patterns and restoring strength through physical therapy offers long-term fixes to most acute and chronic problems. 

What Can I Expect at My First Physical Therapy Appointment?

At your first physical therapy appointment, you can expect the following:

  • You will be seen for an initial evaluation with one of our seasoned physical therapists. 
  • The physical therapist will want to discuss your medical history, current issues, pain intensity, your goals with physical therapy, and how your daily activities are being impacted.
  • Your therapist will perform an objective evaluation, performing various tests and assessments that work to get a better understanding of your pain. 
  • You and your therapist will work together to develop a comprehensive and goal-oriented treatment plan.

What Should I Bring to My Physical Therapy First Appointment?

Be sure to bring your physical therapy referral (if applicable) and your payment information. Whether it’s your insurance company, Workers’ compensation, auto insurance, or an attorney lien, be sure to bring all appropriate information to your first visit. 

What Should I Wear to A Physical Therapy Appointment?


You should wear loose-fitting clothes that will allow you to easily expose the area needing evaluation or treatment. For example, if you have a knee issue, it's best to wear shorts, and so on. This is so we can perform a thorough evaluation while you stay comfortable.

Will I Have to Do Anything Following Physical Therapy?

Depending on your condition, some patients may need to resume exercises at home or join a gym to ensure they are continuing to strengthen their bodies. At Delta Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves on making the transition from in-house physical therapy sessions to maintenance program at a local gym as easy as possible. Other patients may be able to complete rehabilitation and return to their normal daily activities without the need to continue with corrective exercises. Your activities following discharge from physical therapy will all depend on the custom program our physical therapists have tailored to your unique needs.

Contact Us

Change the way you move. Change the way you live.

We love our patients, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. Sitting down to talk with you about your goals is the highlight of our day!

Saturday morning and evening appointments are available.

Delta Physical Therapy

12110 South Harrells Ferry Road Suite 200 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816



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