What should I bring with me?
What should I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, your therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of the problem. The evaluation involves a history, certain tests and measurements, postural and movement analysis, and palpation to determine muscular and joint involvement. Following the evaluation, these findings will be discussed with you and a physical therapy plan of care to address your goals will be developed by you and your therapist. Treatment is rendered on the first visit as appropriate.
Do I need a referral to come to physical therapy?
A referral from a physician is not required to receive physical therapy evaluation or treatment. Some exceptions do occur. Medicare always requires a referral to obtain physical therapy services. This referral may come from an MD, a Physician Assistant, a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. In addition, some insurance companies require a referral to provide insurance coverage. Please call your insurance company to determine whether or not you are required to have a referral for coverage.
When is the best time to start physical therapy?
Typically, treatment should begin as early as possible. Treating a problem early helps to prevent it from becoming chronic and in the prevention of future problems. This decreases the length of time you may require treatment, reduces healthcare costs, and helps return you to full function faster.
What does a physical therapist do?
Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals, trained in the evaluation and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Therapists help patients to improve movement and function, relieve pain, and expand movement potential; often without expensive surgery or the side-effects of medication. Physical therapy is often the treatment of choice in situations where pain impairs function, in recovering from an injury or surgery, and in recovering from a disease process or illness. Physical therapists also teach adaptive and physical coping skills in dealing with impaired function from a disease, injury or illness.
Will my insurance pay for physical therapy?
Most insurance companies do provide coverage for physical therapy services. The amount and type of coverage varies. We participate with Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many other insurance companies. It is always best to check with your insurance company regarding specific coverage guidelines. Our staff will verify your coverage at your first visit. We also offer cash rates.