FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is the treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities, intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development.
What can I expect at my visit?
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early with your paperwork completed, if possible (you can download the forms from our website). We will take a copy of your doctor’s orders (if you have one) and insurance card. You will then be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist. This will include discussing the following:
your medical history
your present problem/complaint
pain intensity, what intensifies and eases the problem
how the problem is impacting your daily activities
your goals for physical therapy
Next, the therapist will provide you with a treatment for your problem/complaint. Your treatment can include a variety of techniques and interventions. Finally, a plan is developed with your input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, daily stretches to use, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with your input.
What do I need to bring with me to my first appointment?
Be sure to bring your doctor referral (if you were referred by a doctor) and your insurance card. If your physical therapy is being covered by worker’s compensation please bring your claim number and your case manager’s phone number, or if your physical therapy is being covered by an auto claim we will need your auto claim number and the phone number of your auto agent.
What should I wear to Physical Therapy?
You can wear your normal clothes to physical therapy. We have gowns and shorts to change into, if needed.
How long will each session last?
Each session will typically last 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Will I see the same Physical Therapist for each session?
You will probably alternate between seeing a physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant for your sessions. A physical therapist assistant (PTA) has completed an associate degree from an accredited PTA program and is licensed. A PTA works under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, and assists the physical therapist in patient treatment and education.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to start Physical Therapy?
No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to start physical therapy. By law, you can see a physical therapist for up to 90 days without a referral from your doctor. What this means is that you can see your physical therapist for health and wellness or aches and pains without having to go to your doctor first. So when you have pain or concerns you can call your physical therapist first. There are a few insurance plans that do require a referral from your physician so it may be helpful to know what your insurance covers and its policy. If you need any help in finding out your insurance requirements we can assist you, just call us at 451-7888.