How many sessions of physical therapy will I need?
This is determined by the physician and the physical therapist together. Most people typically attend therapy 2-3 times a week for treatment. After the prescribed number of treatments, a re-evaluation is done to determine what progress has been made, and what the next step will be. A report is sent to the physician with results and recommendations, and then further therapy sessions are scheduled as needed.
How long is a physical therapy visit?
The initial visit usually takes around 1hour and 30 minutes. Follow up appointments are typically 1 hour. It is our goal to use the most efficient and effective treatment so patients are not kept in the clinic for long periods. We are open for extended hours to help people receive treatment and not impact their work schedule too much.
What happens on my first visit?
At the time of the first visit, you will:
- Arrive for the appointment and fill out our new patient forms (or have them already downloaded from here and filled out).
- We’ll make a copy of your insurance card, and take the physical therapy prescription from the physician to put in your chart.
- You will meet with one our licensed physical therapists for an evaluation.
- The therapist will ask you questions about the history of your injury and your current condition.
- They will ask you about your level of pain, what things seem to aggravate your injury, and what things make it feel better.
- They will review any relevant medical tests with you, including X-Rays, MRI readings, blood work, etc.
- The therapist will perform a physical examination of the injury to determine range of motion, strength, stability, conditioning, reflex reaction and neurological function, and assess posture. They will also try to determine the origin of pain and inflammation.
- After the examination, the therapist will discuss their findings with you and outline a plan of care to begin the process of healing and recovery. Treatment typically starts that same day, and the therapist may also have “homework” to be done between therapy sessions.
- It’s a good idea to dress comfortably in clothing that will let you move easily and give access to the body part to be examined. Most people wear loose fitting attire like a t-shirt and shorts or sweat bottoms, and tennis shoes.
How does the insurance and billing process work?
We are providers for nearly all of the PPO health insurance companies. However, each plan is different and, therefore, each individual’s benefits can be different. In general, we bill the insurance company or Worker’s Compensation company using CPT (Common Procedure Terminology) codes, which are sent electronically to the company. The paying company processes the claim, and determines what will be paid for, and what portion will be the responsibility of the patient, based on the individual plan. This process can become complicated, and make take between 30-90 days to complete. We try very hard to have our billing process be as efficient as possible, and we are happy to assist our patients in answering insurance and billing questions.
How do I arrange to see a physical therapist?
Most states have direct access laws, which allow people to go directly to a physical therapist if they are injured and need therapy services. However, most insurance companies will require a person to have a physician’s prescription prior to seeing a therapist for them to reimburse for services. If you have a question about making an appointment to see us, just contact our office and we can determine what needs to be done before you come in.
What do physical therapists do?
Physical therapists treat movement and neuro-musculokeletal disorders. They also help people recover from a wide variety of surgeries, work injuries, sports injuries, and strokes. They screen people for potential problems with posture, strength, flexibility, and they can analyze workplace hazards. Physical therapists work with people who have metabolic disorders to increase their fitness and improve their health. Physical therapists can also treat the pain associated with injuries, and help people return to a pain-free, active lifestyle.
Who are physical therapists?
Physical Therapists are trained experts in human movement and function. They must graduate from a nationally accredited physical therapy school, pass a board examination, and receive a license to practice from the state they reside in. Currently, most physical therapy programs are offered at the doctoral level, with graduates receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.