What is Physical Therapy?
Often times when you need to recover from surgery, an accident or injury, Physical therapy (PT) will be recommended to you as the next step in your recovery process. Physical Therapy also helps when a person’s body is not functioning at what is considered normal for them due to a heart attack, stroke or a fall; or are dealing with a neurological disease; or even facing aging and incontinence. As we get older, our body my change in a way that affects function and quality of life, Physical Therapy helps to restore functionality and retain a person's independence.
What does a Physical Therapist do?
A Physical Therapist will evaluate a person from the standpoint of their mobility, balance and strength. What are they having difficulty doing? What do they want to get back to doing? The basic premise of physical therapy is to look at a person's lifestyle, their physical dysfunction, and to determine the steps to take to improve the person’s physical condition so they can get back to living the life they love as much as that's possible.
What information do I need to provide before my PT session?
Upon booking a PT appointments or free consultation, you will receive an email with a secure link to the patient portal where you will fill out a medical history form including your current injury status and to e-sign standard practice documents such as privacy practices and PT practice policies.
What should I wear at a PT session?
Make sure you wear comfortable clothing such as shorts, yoga pants, sports bra (for females) with a tank top or t-shirt that will allow you to be comfortable, move with ease, and for the PT to easily access the injured area. This applies to telehealth or in person PT sessions.
How many PT sessions should I expect to have?
The number of sessions depends on the goal and injury. Most PT sessions require at least 3 sessions and with more complex injuries 7-14 sessions.
What happens in a therapy session?
Depending on the cause of your injury, your therapy sessions will comprise of a discovery session to evaluate what you do on the daily bases that could be contributing to your injury or prolong your recovery. If there's a loss of range of motion, you may also need to relearn to lift something correctly or move properly to avoid future injury, the Physical Therapists will show you how to do it properly. During a PT session, the therapist usually applies hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization for a stiff joint, or soft-tissue work of stretching or massaging tight muscles. Depending on your problem, you may also need manual manipulation, which uses careful, directed manual force to improve mobility in joints, connective tissue or skeletal muscles. PT always involves exercises of some sort, from a low-level stretch all the way to a well-rounded strengthening program. Physical therapy modalities are rehabilitation technologies that relieve pain, reduce swelling, decrease muscle spasms and improve circulation. These modalities include ultrasound, trigger-point pressure, dry needling, soft-tissue oscillation, electrical stimulation, traction, biofeedback, heat and ice. The exercise prescription and hands-on techniques are central to each PT session.
How long will it take for me to get better?
The length of recovery is determined by many factors unique to you. These factors include the extent of damaged tissue, how long you have had the injury, your nutritional habits, your emotional state, the state of your immune and endocrine systems, your genetic predisposition and other factors. We will review these factors during the evaluation. If appropriate, we can refer you to a physician or other practitioner who can address specific needs. Your body’s response to exercises and manual techniques will also help us to estimate how long it could take for you to regain function.
How much will my Physical Therapy cost?
The cost of therapy depends on the nature of your injury, the results of our initial evaluation, and what you want to accomplish. We can give you an estimate of the cost and length of treatment after the initial evaluation. Most insurance companies cover Physical Therapy and if we don't accept your insurance, we'll be happy to provide you with documentation to submit a claim to your insurance company or submit one on your behalf. Insurance coverage will be discussed during the initial phone evaluation.
Will my Physical Therapy be covered by my insurance?
Everyone's health insurance plan is different. We work with a growing list of insurance providers below. If your insurance is not on our list, it means we are an out-of-network provider for you. We will accept payment upfront for your visit and provide you with the necessary invoice to send to your insurance company. In most cases, your insurance company will reimburse you by providing you with a check in the mail. We are happy to help you determine your covered physical therapy benefits. Our team will provide you with everything you’d need in order to get reimbursed. Reach out to us if you're not sure what coverage you have.