Many patients who are going in to see a physical therapist for the first time are curious about the type of clothing they should wear for their appointment. In this article, we are going to go through what is and is not acceptable attire for your physical therapy appointment.
What to Wear
Before you decide on your physical therapy outfit, it’s important to consider what part of the body you are having treated. Your physical therapist will need to have a good view of the body part in question, so if you’re having physical therapy on your knee, leg, or ankle, it’s important to wear shorts. Here are a few common clothing items that would be good options for a physical therapy appointment:
- Workout clothes (gym shorts, yoga pants, t-shirts, tank tops, etc.). May patients come to their appointments in their workout clothes.
- Tennis or gym shoes.
- Hair binder. Patients with long hair may need to pull their hair back into a bun or pony-tail – especially those patients undergoing shoulder or neck therapy.
Ultimately, you should wear something that makes you comfortable. However, there are a few things you should avoid outright.
What to Avoid
While comfort is important, there are some limitations to appropriate attire for your physical therapy session. Here are some items you should avoid:
- Your work clothes. If you come to your appointment directly from work, bring some clothes to change into when you get to your appointment.
- Clothes that are too tight. You’re going to be doing a lot of moving and stretching – make sure you’re wearing loose fitting attire.
- Dress shoes or boots.
- Excessive jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, etc.).
The Minnesota physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have been helping patients regain mobility and reduce pain for the past twenty-five years. Our team offers direct access to physical therapy, so you don’t need a prescription from your physician to make an appointment. Contact our Edina or Minneapolis clinics today to speak with one of our physical therapists and see how a strategic physical rehabilitation routine can benefit you. We primarily serve the Twin Cities metro area, but also see patients from greater Minnesota.
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