What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
Your physical therapist will perform an examination/evaluation to determine what deficits and/or problems you have that can be addressed in physical therapy. The examination/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 judgement 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.
What Types Of Interventions May I Receive?
The interventions you receive will depend on what the physical therapist finds in your initial evaluation. Our programs include coordination among all people involved in your care, consistent communication, thorough documentation of the care and services provided, and instruction to you to promote and optimize our services. Most physical therapy plans of care: therapeutic exercise, functional training in self-care and home management, and functional training in work or school, community, and leisure environments. Other interventions might include manual therapy techniques; use of equipment such as supports, orthotics, or prosthetics; electrotherapeutic modalities; and mechanical modalities.
How Long Will My Visit Last?
Treatment time will vary based on your physical therapist’s evaluation. Generally speaking, a typical visit will last approximately 1 hour.
How Is My Progress Measured?
Outcome measurement tools are specific tests and measures that your physical therapist may use to quantify your overall function.
Will I Need Follow-Up Or Maintenance Care?
The answer depends entirely on your specific situation. Most patients are given instructions on a home exercise program upon discharge from physical therapy.
What If I Need To Return To Physical Therapy?
In general, if you are discharged from physical therapy and feel the need to return, you should contact the physical therapist who treated you. He or she will review your chart and call back to discuss with you what should be done, depending on the problem you are having.
Is It Ok To Ask My Doctor About Physical Therapy?
Absolutely. If you have a problem that you think can be helped with physical therapy, feel free to give us a call. After discussing your situation with you, we can determine if you would benefit from physical therapy. You can also give your doctor a call. If you feel physical therapy can be helpful to you, it is important to discuss your feelings with your doctor.
Will My Insurance Cover Physical Therapy?
Although most insurance companies do cover physical therapy, what they cover specifically varies greatly. Please review our billing and insurance participation section on our website, and if you have additional questions regarding your specific insurance, give us a call. Our billing manager will be glad to verify and explain your coverage to you.
How Do I Arrange An Appointment?
Simply call our office for an appointment. Our office staff will get all the necessary information from you and schedule your appointment.
What Should I Wear?
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. If you are coming for a lower-extremity problem, shorts should be worn. You can bring clothing with you if you need to change here.
What Should I Bring With Me?
For your first visit please bring your insurance card, prescription from your doctor, and any paperwork that was sent to you. If you have any operative reports, MRI or X-ray results, you may bring those as well, but they are not necessary. Additionally, if you are utilizing any type of brace, splint, or crutches, bring those items as well.
What if I Have an Increase In Symptoms?
If your symptoms increase, call our office and tell the office staff what you are experiencing. They will pull your chart and contact your physical therapist or a covering physical therapist. We will review the information and give you a call back the same day. We will offer solutions to reduce your symptoms, tell you whether you need to come into our office or if you should contact your physician.
It is best to call us prior to calling your physician if a change in symptoms has occurred. It is important that we fax your physician a report so that he/she can be up to date on your care when you see him/her for a follow-up visit.
Who Chooses Which Physical Therapist I Go To?
Your physician may 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 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 your choice in physical therapy.
Why Should I Choose Physical Therapy?
In physical therapy, the goal is to resolve your problem, not just temporarily relieve it. Although medication and other forms of treatment can be helpful in relieving symptoms, physical therapy addresses the problem itself and produces long-term results. Your physician may opt to utilize medication in conjunction with physical therapy depending on your diagnosis. Unlike some other forms of treatment, our goal is to help you return to your normal activities through exercise, education and self-management.
What Office Policies Should I Be Aware Of?
- If you have to reschedule an appointment, please call with as much advance notice as possible.
- If you will be late, please call to let us know.
- Missed appointments should be rescheduled to maintain consistency in your treatment.
- Before returning to your physician, please make your therapist aware, so that they can write a progress report for you to take with you.
- Free parking is available along with handicap access.
- Payment is due at each visit.
- Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7am to 8pm, Friday’s from 7am to 4 pm.
What is My Responsiblity During Physical Therapy?
We are partners in your recovery. Your physical therapist cannot do it without you! We ask that all patients and clients follow through with their home exercise programs and instructions, as this is extremely important in expediting your recovery. It is also important to keep your scheduled appointments.
Why Choose Us?
Choose us because we are widely regarded as leading experts in physical therapy. Physicians regularly send their own office staff and family members to our facility. We are dedicated to resolving your problems in an environment that is welcoming and relaxed and all of our patients receive personalized care. If you are still not sure, we invite you to give us a call or stop in to speak to one of our therapists. You can also look at our Reviews section to see what our patients have said about their experience with us.