Who uses Physical or Rehabilitative Therapy?
Those who benefit most from Physical Therapy are individuals who are in need of restoring injured body parts, increasing flexibility or building strength. We help improve posture, which, if left uncorrected, can cause damaging musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, we help patients who have undergone surgery and are in need of therapy to regain optimal physical functionality.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
Please bring any records from your previous doctor along with lists of your medications, allergies and prior doctors. We recommend bringing in a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Please make sure that you arrive at least 15 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 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 oftentimes we will be stretching or exercising you. Your clothes should allow us to evaluate your area of injury, so please dress accordingly. 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 and the completion of the assessment process. Appointments are usually between 45 and 60 minutes.
How long will I need physical therapy?
You will need to attend physical therapy sessions until you and your therapist decide that you have reached your desired level of function or that further therapy would not be beneficial. Often therapy will be monitored by your physician.
When should I start seeing improvement?
That depends on the same factors associated with how long treatment will take. We make a treatment plan for you, including follow up and regular maintenance visits to our physical rehab clinic. If at any point you feel like you are not progressing at a satisfactory rate, we will collaborate with you and modify your treatment plan. We will always keep you informed as well about your progress.
Will you keep in contact with my doctor?
We will send a copy of the examination to your doctor after your initial evaluation, and we will send 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 want 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?
Most insurance companies pay for physical therapy. As a courtesy, our office will check your physical therapy benefits before your appointment time. At your first visit, you should be aware of any deductible or co-pay that may apply to your care. If you have specific questions about coverage, we recommend that you call the benefit number listed on your insurance card to check your insurance benefits before you start therapy. If you do not carry insurance, cash payment plans are available.
Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy?
Most insurances allow you to come to physical therapy without a doctor's referral. We can check if your insurance requires this, otherwise, we will treat you as a 'self referral'.