If you’re going to see your physical therapist, then you may wonder what clothes you should put on. While there’s no dress code established for patients who need physical therapy, some types of clothing will help your treatment while others won’t benefit you at all.
Get ready to move a lot during the first physical therapy session. Ensure you put on clothing you can move freely in. When you’re choosing your clothing for your physical therapy session, you also need to consider the part of your body the therapist will work on.
For instance, if you’re treating shoulder pain, you should put on a shirt that allows access to your arm and shoulder. Remember, your therapist must have a good view of the body part that needs treatment. You can also ask your therapist about what you should put on when you’re getting ready for your first therapy session.
Here are some of the common clothing items you can choose for a physical therapy appointment:
You shouldn’t wear clothes that restrict movement or make you feel uncomfortable. Here are some clothing items you should avoid:
If you need therapy for a lower back condition, you can wear a loose T-shirt or shoulder tank top. Put on loose pants with an adjustable waistband. Avoid wearing clothing that uses a leather belt and wear athletic shoes, so you can perform exercises without getting hurt.
Most jeans are tight-fitting, so you should avoid wearing them to a physical therapy session. Jeans are also heavy and could weigh you down when you have to do certain exercises. You should put on light gym shorts or pants, instead.
If you need help preparing for your first physical therapy session, call us now. You can speak to one of our physical therapists who will tell you all you need to know about dressing appropriately for physical therapy. We also offer physical therapy for all ailments related to bones, muscles, ligaments, sprains, strains and fractures. Our therapists will help you speed up recovery, develop strength and increase your range of motion.