Who uses Physical or Rehabilitative Therapy?
Those who benefit most from Physical Therapy are people who are experiencing pain or dizziness, individuals with impaired balance, strength or flexibility and those recovering from an injury or surgery. We also help improve posture, which if left uncorrected can cause damage to the musculoskeletal system and lead to pain or dysfunction.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
Please bring any records from your previous doctor, a list of your medications, allergies and a list of prior doctors. We also recommend bringing in a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Please make sure that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us the necessary paperwork and insurance information to put you in our system. To save time, you can also complete intake forms on your computer using the link we email to you or print the Intake Forms located on our forms page, and bring them completed to your appointment.
What should I wear?
We highly recommend you bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to our physical rehab clinic because often times we will be stretching or exercising you. Your clothes should also allow us to evaluate your area of injury, so please dress accordingly. As for footwear, we suggest comfortable, closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to your first appointment.
How long does each visit take?
The initial visit takes a little longer than the subsequent visits due to the paperwork that you need to fill out, in addition to the completion of the assessment process. Normally, appointments last 40 to 60 minutes.
How long will I need physical therapy?
Length of care is dependent on many factors. Contributing factors may include complexity of condition, co-morbidities, age, chronicity of symptoms and more. A treatment plan that includes anticipated length of care will be discussed at your initial visit. We recommend you attend physical therapy sessions until you and your therapist decide that you have reached your therapy goals or that further therapy would not be beneficial. Often therapy will also be monitored by your physician.
When should I start seeing improvement?
Most patients report improvements within 1-4 sessions, though depending on the specific factors related to your reason for seeking physical therapy, results may vary. We will always keep you informed about your progress and will continually monitor and adjust your treatment plan as appropriate to ensure best results.
Will you keep in contact with my doctor?
After your initial evaluation we will send a copy of the examination to your doctor along with progress notes at regular intervals.
Will I see the same physical therapist every time?
We will make every attempt to schedule you with the therapist you desire to see. However, there may be times when another physical therapist or physical therapist assistant will treat you to accommodate your schedule. All of our physical therapists and assistants are fully-licensed or certified and enjoy delivering high-quality care.
Will my insurance pay for therapy?
Generally, most insurance companies pay for physical therapy. We recommend that you call the benefit number listed on your insurance card to check on your insurance benefits before you start therapy. If you do not carry insurance, private pay options and payment plans are available.
Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy?
Washington is a Direct Access State. This means, you do not need a referral before starting physical therapy. However, some insurance companies will require that you get a physician's referral for physical therapy to comply with their coverage requirements. If a referral is available, please bring your referral to your first appointment. If you do not have a referral, we can discuss whether a referral or prior authorization is required by your insurance company when you call to schedule.