What will occur at my first appointment?
During your first visit, you will sit down with the physical therapist and discuss your reasons for seeking treatment. The physical therapist will inquire into some of your relevant daily routines (i.e., work, recreation, and exercise history) and past medical history to discover what may be contributing to your symptoms or concerns.

The physical therapist will then begin the initial evaluation. This may entail a postural screen; assessment of joint range of motion, flexibility, and strength; and special tests to identify areas of functional weakness or soft tissue/joint irritability. The visit will end with clarification of your treatment goals, a review of the physical therapist’s initial treatment plan, and possibly, depending on your presentation, an entry-level home exercise program.

What is a biomechanical evaluation?
Joints were made to move in specific patterns and relationships, and a physical therapist has a unique understanding of these interdependent movements. A biomechanical evaluation is a thorough screen of how your joints line up and move together that identifies any limitations that may contribute to soft tissue or joint pain.

Your physical therapist will use the information gleaned from this evaluation to determine an appropriate treatment and exercise progression. A biomechanical treatment approach involves teaching you correct movement patterns throughout exercise and your daily life to avoid injury reoccurrence.

What is a physical therapy treatment program?
A treatment program is tailored to your individual needs and may include any of the following:

  • Manual therapy: the clinician uses specific techniques such as soft tissue mobilization (specialized massage techniques) or joint mobilization/manipulation (pinpoint joint stretch)

  • Therapeutic exercise: exercise routines designed to improve a muscle’s strength or flexibility

  • Neuromuscular re-education: balance and movement pattern re-education through exercise and cueing


Contact Us

Located inside the beltway at 1501 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia, our office is convenient to Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Click below for a map and directions.


1501 Duke St. Suite 150, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.535.5491 • Fax: 703.535.5494
Hours: 7am-8pm • info@valensphysicaltherapy.com