Physician Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in our services. To save you time we have posted the most common
questions and their answers that our referring physicians ask. If you need more information
please call us immediately.

(Click on a Question to view the Answer)

How long after I refer a patient will my patient be seen in physical therapy?

In most cases patients are scheduled within 24 hours. On an emergency basis, we will see the
patient that day.

Unfortunately, with today’s managed care, some insurance companies don’t allow this timely
scheduling secondary to pre-certification requirements. Please call us if there is any question.

How do I refer a patient to physical therapy?

Referring a patient to physical therapy is easy. Simply give the patient a prescription and have
your office staff or the patient call us and they will be promptly scheduled.

What other information would be helpful to the physical therapist on the prescription?

Other than a clinical diagnosis if known, the only other information we need is:

  • Weight bearing restrictions for post-surgical and post -fracture patients
  • Fracture status
  • ROM restrictions for post-surgical patients
  • Degrees of resistance allowed for post-surgical patient (e.g., active, passive or resisted)
  • Expected limits in ROM if any, for a final outcome on a post-surgical patient
  • Type of surgical procedure and/or type of internal fixation used
  • Specific requests for splints or braces.
Do you need operative, MRI, or X-ray reports?

As physical therapists, we work very closely with your patients to allow gradual stress on a
surgical site. Operative reports, X-rays and/or MRI reports are always helpful, but are not
absolutely necessary. Any vital information can be written directly on the referral as outlined in
the previous question.

How do I know what frequency and duration to refer my patient for?

In most cases it is best to leave specific duration and frequency up to the physical therapist.

How will I know how my patient is progressing?

The patient will be periodically re-evaluated and updated reports will be sent. Frequency of
reports will depend upon the chronicity and nature of the problem. Re-evaluations and reports
will also be sent prior to any follow -up visit you have scheduled with the patient. If you would
like reports or updates more frequently and/or verbally, please call or write it on your referral.

Can I refer for a consultation?

Absolutely. Simply tell your patient you would like them to be seen by a physical therapist to see
if we can be helpful. We will evaluate the patient and call you or send a report, as you prefer.

Also, feel free to call us first for general information and intervention options for an individual
patient or for more general information on various diagnoses or types of problems.

How do I know what kind of treatment I should suggest?

Decisions about specific interventions, duration, and frequency of visits are best left to the
physical therapist upon examination/evaluation. You can explain to your patient that the physical
therapist will evaluate them and identify any physical therapy problems such as pain, weakness,
loss of motion, loss of function, gait problems, etc.

The physical therapist will explain all aspects of the plan of care to the patient and will send
a report with an outline of their care. This way, the patient doesn’t have a false expectation
physical therapy and the best intervention options can be utilized.

Any specific requests you make will be incorporated in the patient’s program if appropriate.

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