Does physical therapy hurt?
Who chooses which physical therapist I go to?
Often, your physician will give you a recommendation or a listing of physical therapists in your area. Sometimes your insurance company will guide you with regard to who is “in network” for your insurance plan. Ultimately, however, the decision as to where you receive your care is up to you. If you have a specific request, you need to let your physician or insurance company know. If we are not in network for your insurance company most plans have out-of-network benefits that will allow you to choose your physical therapist. We accept most every insurance plan at this time.
What is my responsibility in physical therapy?
You are our partner in your recovery. Your physical therapist cannot do it without you! We ask that all patients and clients cooperate by following through with their home exercise programs and instructions, as this is extremely important in expediting your recovery.
What should I bring with me?
For your first visit you will need your insurance card, and any paperwork that you downloaded from our website or forms that may have been sent to you. If you have any operative reports, MRI or X-ray results, you may bring those as well. Additionally, if you are utilizing any type of brace, splint, or crutches, those should come with you. In addition, please bring in your current medication list.
Will my insurance cover physical therapy?
Most insurance companies cover physical therapy and occupational therapy services. We will verify your exact coverage for you, however, so you will know your insurance policies guidelines when you begin your therapy sessions. If you have additional questions regarding your specific insurance give us a call.
What is the co-pay for physical therapy?
Co-pays are determined by your insurance company. However, we will do all of your insurance authorization and re-authorization for you, and will be able to give you all the information about your therapy services coverage, including co-pay amounts on your first visit.
What should I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, your physical therapist will perform an evaluation to determine what deficits and/or problems you have that can be addressed in physical therapy. The evaluation involves a thorough history, a systems review, and tests and measures that allow the physical therapist to get a more specific understanding of your condition. Your physical therapist will make a clinical judgment as to your diagnosis and prognosis. A treatment program will be developed aimed at resolving the problems identified as well as to attain the goals you set in conjunction with the physical therapist. Your evaluation will be sent to your doctor within 24 hours so that your physician is always kept up to date with your therapy progression. If any problems or concerns arise, your therapist will contact your doctor directly to work out a plan to handle it quickly for you.
What types of interventions may I receive?
The interventions you receive will depend on what the physical therapist finds in the evaluation. Our intervention programs include coordination among all people involved in your care (other health care professionals, family, friends, caregivers, and others), communication to ensure a good exchange of information, thorough documentation of the care and services provided, and instruction to you and others involved in your care to promote and optimize our services. Most physical therapy plans of care will include three categories of interventions: manual therapy component, exercise / mobility / flexibility and balance component, and third, functional training, including patient education. Other interventions might include manual therapy techniques; use of equipment such as supports, orthotics; electrotherapeutic modalities; and mechanical modalities.
How long is a typical treatment session?
Treatment sessions will take approximately 45-75 minutes depending on the diagnosis being treated.
How long is a course of therapy?
How is my progress measured?
What if I have an increase in symptoms?
I have never had physical therapy before, how do I know that my treatment is of good quality?
Will I need follow-up or maintenance care?
What if I need to return to physical therapy?
Is it OK to ask my doctor about physical therapy?
Are Physical Therapists licensed?
What should I wear to my physical therapy appointments?
In general, wear comfortable clothing to physical therapy. If you are presenting with a problem of your cervical spine, upper back or shoulders, the therapist can provide you with a gown as needed to expose these areas, or you can wear a tank top or halter top of your own. If you are coming for a lower-extremity problem, shorts are important. You can bring your own clothing here to change into if that is more convenient for you.