Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy involves the direct treatment of physical injuries. We work to assist people in returning to their previous functional level. The emphasis is always on the goals of our patients. This can be as simple as being able to comb your hair to as complex as returning to competitive sports. Physical therapy provides education on the underlying cause of symptoms/injury, prevention of future injuries, and understanding how to manage chronic conditions throughout your life. Physical therapists are knowledgeable not only in injury and prevention, but also general health and fitness.
Who Are Physical Therapists?
Physical Therapists are licensed professionals with a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program. The minimum educational requirement is a master's degree, yet most educational programs now offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.
Will my insurance cover physical therapy?
Most insurance companies do cover physical therapy, but what they cover varies greatly. If you have additional questions regarding your specific insurance please give us a call.
What is the co-pay for physical therapy?
Co-pays are dependent upon your individual insurance. Payment not covered by your insurance is due at the time of service, however if this is not possible we are happy to discuss and make a payment plan for you.
How long does PT session last?
Each physical therapy session takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
Will it Hurt?
Typically the treatment will not hurt. You may have mild soreness or swelling as a result of treatment, which you should tell your physical therapist about so treatment can be adjusted accordingly. Ongoing assessment and adjustment means that the risk of any injury or complication from physical therapy is very low.
How Long will I Need to Come to Physical Therapy?
This depends on your diagnosis, age, and rate of progress. Usually most patients complete a course of physical therapy between 4 and 8 weeks.
What do I bring with me for my first visit?
• Current health insurance card
• Prescription for therapy
• Be prepared to pay any co-pays at the time of service. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, personal checks and cash
How should I dress for physical therapy?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants.