We have answered some frequently asked questions that we get in the clinic and over the phone. We pride ourselves in creating a welcoming atmosphere and want to ensure that your experience with physical therapy is a positive one. If you should have more specific questions please discuss them with your therapist upon arrival.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a method of treatment for certain physical impairments, disabilities, and injuries. You can expect a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist who will create a plan of treatment for your specific diagnosis.
How often do I need to attend physical therapy?
Frequency of attendance is dependent upon your diagnosis and your physician’s recommendation. However, a typical plan of care for physical therapy includes attendance three times per week for four to eight weeks. Regular attendance produces better outcomes for the patient when compared to inconsistent attendance.
How long will my physical therapy appointment be?
Appointments for physical therapy vary in length depending on your diagnosis(es) and activity level. Typical appointments are approximately one hour in length.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Comfortable clothing that you are free to move in; sneakers are preferred in our gyms. Please make sure the body part that you will be seen for is accessible for the therapist. Jeans and skirts are not appropriate clothing for PT.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
You will fill out paperwork specific to your diagnosis to give your therapist an understanding of your history. Your therapist will then complete a thorough evaluation that could potentially include diagnostic testing and strength and range of motion measurements. You may be started with some exercise and treatment with modalities (heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.). It is at this visit that the frequency and duration will be determined.
Do you participate with my insurance?
At your first visit you should be counseled by a billing representative who will inform you of your specific coverage and personal responsibility (if any). You will be provided a written handout that will explain your PT benefits, co-pays, co-insurance and deductible liabilities. If you have deductibles or co-pays, a bill will be mailed to you 30-60 days after the completion of your treatments.