BEST Physical Therapy

What to Expect

What to Expect at Your First Visit


Your initial Physical Therapy appointment will start with a private conversation between you and your therapist. He or she will work with you to assess your medical history and your goals moving forward. Through this assessment, your therapist will analyze your movement patterns (noting imbalances, weaknesses, stability, mobility, stiffness, etc.) and how these movement patterns relate to the cause and/or irritation of your injury.

Your therapist will then create a treatment plan and work with you to schedule follow-up visits as needed. Your First Visit will last approximately 60-75 minutes. The intent of the first visit is to create an individualized and specific road map for the Physical Therapist and patient to follow in order to achieve each patient’s goals.


The Therapist Will Discuss the Following: 

  • Your medical history
  • Your current problems/complaints
  • Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem
  • How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations
  • Your goals with physical therapy
  • Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health

The therapist will perform a variety of assessments to understand the symptoms you are experiencing and, just as importantly, to devise a comprehensive program to treat the underlying cause of your problems. A plan is developed with the patient’s input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. A patient will go home with handouts/pictures of an individualized Home Exercise Program to help the patient achieve their goals as quickly as possible. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.

Many physical therapy patients will come to BEST PT after first seeing a General Practitioner and/or Orthopedic Surgeon.

California is a direct-access state, meaning you can receive physical therapy treatment without a prescription from a physician. At your initial evaluation, your Physical Therapist may be able to diagnose your problem. In some cases, your Therapist may refer you to an Orthopedic Surgeon or to  another medical office.

We have close relationships with the best physicians in the Bay Area, many of whom lead in their field. If we cannot help you, we will strive to connect you with the medical professionals who can.

Please wear comfortable athletic clothing, as well as athletic shoes and socks, for your Physical Therapy and/or Personal Training appointment.

For your first appointment, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Payment will be collected at the beginning of your appointment.

No Prescription Needed

Direct Access: In Many States You Don’t Need a Prescription to Start Physical Therapy  — Choose physical therapy first to eliminate pain, optimize your function and be one step closer to living pain free. 

Did you know physical therapy can be the solution to help get you back to doing the things you love? Come see us first, without a prescription in many states, and we can help you recover from different pains, sprains or strains in your joints, back, knees or muscles.                           

Some states require you to see a physician and get a prescription before seeing one of our physical therapists. However, a prescription is not required in several states where we have clinics. This means you have direct access to physical therapy, without the need for a referral or prescription from your physician. Direct access provides you with an immediate physical therapy option that allows you to start your treatment as soon as possible.

Early intervention of physical therapy can eliminate the need for unnecessary medication, surgery or extensive imaging tests – including X-Rays, MRIs and CT scans. And if you do need to see a specialist, our therapists will refer you to the right healthcare professionals. This ensures that you receive the quality care you need, right from the beginning.

We’re More Than Physical Therapists 

We want to help set you on a clear path toward life without pain. Seeing one of our experts first provides you with a personalized plan to reach your health goals and minimize the risk of future injury. We are passionate about exceptional care, and work closely with you throughout your treatment to get  you back to the activities you enjoy. 

What our Patients are Saying…

Still Feeling Great

So a year later I’m feeling great and still doing all the exercises I was taught to stay in shape! Read more “Still Feeling Great”

Andrew H.

A God Send!

A God Send! Best Physical Therapy, Cupertino, has been a God send for our son! They have given him the Read more “A God Send!”

Brigid G.


Phenomenal! About a year ago I had a work related injury and was referred to Best Physical Therapy by my Read more “Phenomenal!”

I Always Look Forward to My Sessions

Although getting released from physical therapy is a great thing, it can be bittersweet. I always looked forward to my Read more “I Always Look Forward to My Sessions”


This Place is Amazing!

This Place is Amazing! This place is amazing. The staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The environment is very Read more “This Place is Amazing!”

Alex Y.

Worked With BEST

Worked With BEST to Properly Recover. I then worked with BEST to properly recover, exercise and eliminate this from happening Read more “Worked With BEST”

Brian L.

The Folks at BEST Physical Therapy Can Help!

Don’t Live with Physical Ailments! Don’t resort to steroid injections, pain pills, or simply living with physical ailments! The folks Read more “The Folks at BEST Physical Therapy Can Help!”

Bobby M.

Help Your Quality of Life

Help Your Quality of Life. BEST makes sure you are cared for explaining and teaching you what you need to Read more “Help Your Quality of Life”


Staff are Skilled, Knowledgeable and Friendly

Every single staff person is on point. From day one when I called to schedule my first appointment and throughout Read more “Staff are Skilled, Knowledgeable and Friendly”


The Fine Line

Excel at Finding the Fine Line. Both Kathy and Kathryn excel at finding the fine line between discomfort and pain Read more “The Fine Line”

Sally P.

Two Locations

I like that BEST has two locations and has always been able to accommodate my Read more “Two Locations”

Bill C.

I Have Recommended BEST Physical Therapy

I first started PT at BEST Physical Therapy in 2008. Over the years I have been back after other surgeries Read more “I Have Recommended BEST Physical Therapy”


I Love the BEST Approach

This is my 3rd experience with physical therapy. I never completed my treatment with the first two because I was Read more “I Love the BEST Approach”


Incredible Overall Experience!

Incredible Overall Experience! I have been to at least seven other physical therapists in my life, but I’ve never had Read more “Incredible Overall Experience!”

Stacie B.


I love my physical therapist.  She makes me feel so good after I’ve just beat myself up at the gym.  Read more “AWESOME!”


I Have Made Tremendous Improvement

Kinjal is an excellent physical therapist. I made tremendous improvement under her care and guidance. Always educating her patient, smiling Read more “I Have Made Tremendous Improvement”


Super Professional!

Super Professional! I enjoyed how much they got to know me, what I will be doing, and what I am Read more “Super Professional!”


My Physical Therapist was Amazing

My Physical Therapist was Amazing. She got right to the root of the problem and addressed each muscle individually. She Read more “My Physical Therapist was Amazing”


The Premier Physical Therapy Center

The Premier Physical Therapy Center. BEST Physical Therapy is the premier physical therapy treatment center in the South Bay. I Read more “The Premier Physical Therapy Center”

Gail B.

Significant Progress

I’ve noticed significant progress in my rehabilitation. I would without a doubt recommend BEST PT to family, friends and a Read more “Significant Progress”