“My brother/cousin/mama/friend/coworker said you were going to hurt me.”
This is one of the most common statements I hear on evaluation day. We’ve all heard the nicknames given to PTs: “Pain and Torture,” “Physical Terrorists,” “queen/king of pain.” With commentary like that, of course you will be a little nervous.
Admittedly, physical therapy isn’t always fun. We make you move and work in ways you probably haven’t in a while. We exercise muscles you didn’t know existed. We find those tender spots and work on them. But, for the vast number of patients, it shouldn’t be painful. Our goal is always for you to feel better when you leave than when you came in.