How do I know if Physical Therapy may help me?
Your physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or chiropractor may feel that you are in need of physical therapy and provide you with a prescription. We can also discuss with your physician the need to have physical therapy following a free consultation with a physical therapist if it is felt that physical therapy services may benefit you in improving your condition.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your first visit, the physical therapist will perform a complete evaluation. This will include obtaining your past medical history, the history of your current complaint, flexibility and strength testing, functional movement testing, and further musculoskeletal testing, as needed. We will then initiate treatment and work together to determine your goals and treatment plan.
What should I bring to my first visit?
You will need the prescription for physical therapy which you have received from your physician, PA, NP, or DC, your health insurance information (in case of a worker’s compensation claim, we will need claim information and contact info), new patient paperwork which can be found on this website, and gym clothes/gym shoes.
What should I expect during follow up visits?
During each follow up visit, you can expect to receive one-on-one treatments with your physical therapist including any combination of services listed, which have been determined to help in improving your function.
How should I dress for follow up visits?
Dress comfortably, preferably in gym clothes. If anything more specific is required, the physical therapist will let you know in advance, so you can be prepared.
How long will physical therapy sessions last?
The first session, or initial evaluation, will last 60-75 minutes. Each follow up session can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes generally, and can change over time as the treatment plan progresses. In some cases, sessions can last up to 90 minutes or more, but this would be discussed in advance so that you can schedule accordingly.
Will physical therapy hurt?
As we work together to restore your function, your pain levels will likely fluctuate. This is a normal response, and it is important that you communicate these changes to the physical therapist so that your discomfort can be minimized.
How many sessions will I have?
This varies for each individual and depends on a variety of factors. This is partially determined while the treatment plan is made during the initial evaluation, but can be altered throughout the course of treatment.
Does my health insurance cover physical therapy?
In most cases, yes. Each individual’s policy is different, but we will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance to determine your physical therapy coverage.
How can I pay my co-pay or my portion of the bill?
You may pay by cash, check, debit or credit card. We can also discuss payment plan options as needed.
What happens when I am finished with physical therapy?
You will leave physical therapy will an individualized home exercise program and plan for executing it. We can also assist you in progressing to working with a personal trainer, massage therapist, or other professionals, if interested.