The World Health Organisation defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage”.
Pain is often a major symptom in many medical conditions and is one of the most sited reasons for seeking medical assistance.

Pain intensity and location are very important factors for health professional when evaluating the patient or prescribing the treatment.

Therefore taking pain reducing medication prior physical therapy visit may not be recommended in some cases.
Chemically reduced symptoms unable physical therapist to effectively assess the patient and safely utilize manual therapy or therapeutic exercises.