Frequently Asked Questions
Physical Therapy combines the science of healing with the art of caring. It is a hands-on approach to healthcare. Physical Therapists evaluate your movement patterns; identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it. While every patient’s pain is unique, the physical therapist may use various techniques to decrease your pain. As your pain decreases, the therapist will progress to stretching and strengthening exercises specific to your needs. The overall goal is to restore your mobility and function with improved joint protection to prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy would be right for you. Talk to your doctor or contact us to set up a free consultation.
What should I bring to my first visit?
- A prescription for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA
- Insurance information (we will take a copy of your card)
- In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any contact names, phone numbers and claim number.
As you restore mobility your pain levels often fluctuate. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort.
Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Debit Cards). We are happy to discuss payment plan options, as well.
Dress comfortably. We will supply shorts or gowns during your session if needed.
The physical therapist will:
- Complete your evaluation, which typically consists of getting a thorough past medical history and testing your functional movement, flexibility and strength; and
- Initiate treatment to help eliminate pain and establish a unique and specific plan of care.
Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 30-45 minutes. The time will be based on your specific needs.
Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit.
Physical therapists have graduated from an accredited post baccalaureate program and passed their state board examination. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree.
Medical Therapeutic Message is generally a application of a specific treatment targeted to a specific problem or problems presents with a diagnosis. Therapeutic Relaxation Massage focuses on a specific problem or injury that does not require a diagnosis and is more fluff unless requesting deep tissue work from the provider.