1. What do I need to start physical therapy?
- You will require a referral from your physician. Your doctor will generally recommend a frequency and duration based on your diagnosis and present condition.
2. How do I continue physical therapy?
- Treatment is generally based upon medical necessity, however there may be specific therapy limitations based on your insurance coverage. Our goal is to help you attain the highest level of function and establish an effective self-management program so as to maximize results over the course of your treatment. If additional therapy is required, your physical therapist will communicate the need for further skilled intervention to your referring physician and request an extension of services.
3. What should I expect on my first visit?
- Your initial visit shall consist of a thorough evaluation completed by a licensed physical therapist. At this time, specific deficits such as strength and range of motion losses will be identified and a treatment plan devised in order to achieve established goals. Treatment will generally be initiated at this time.
4. How long will each visit last?
- Your physical therapy treatment will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Your individualized treatment plan will be determined by your primary physical therapist.
5. What should I wear to therapy?
- We recommend comfortable, loose clothing to accommodate an exercise program. Treatment may also require access and exposure to specific body regions such as the low back, knee, or shoulder.
6. What type of treatments will I receive?
- Your therapy session may consist of a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and therapeutic modalities as indicated on our Services page.
7. What will happen at the end of my visits?
- Upon conclusion of therapy, you will be issued a comprehensive home exercise program to perform independently. At this time, we hope you will be able to return to normal activities of daily living and resume leisure and recreational activities. It is integral that you share your specific goals with the physical therapist in order to develop the most suitable, goal-specific treatment plan.
8. What should I do if my pain/symptoms return?
- If you should experience an aggravation or flare up of symptoms, contact your referring physician to determine if resuming therapy is the appropriate step. In some cases, rest and/or activity modification may be the most effective management.
9. Can I continue receiving treatment if my insurance no longer covers therapy?
- If you and your physical therapist decide that this is the best course of treatment, we will gladly arrange a mutually agreed upon cost per session. This fee will depend on the type of intervention(s) that you receive.