We’re committed to making you stronger at every level with physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. We strive to help you rehabilitate and regain your health and independence. It’s our goal to help significantly improve your quality of life, both physically and mentally.
Physical Therapy FAQ’s
Can I receive Physical Therapy services without a physician’s referral?
Most often, yes! Occasionally an insurance company will require its members to see a doctor before seeing a PT. If you think that may be the case with your particular insurance provider, just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to check on that detail for you. Meanwhile, because physical therapists are trained, clinical experts in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, more often than not you won’t need a referral to see a PT. If your particular problem requires treatment that is outside our expertise, we’ll help you find a qualified physician or other trained medical professional who can help.
What should I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit you will be greeted by our staff who will help you fill out any paperwork required. We will call and check on all of your insurance benefits for you and provide that information in writing. We understand that dealing with insurance companies can often be confusing and intimidating, so we will happily help you understand how physical therapy is covered under your insurance plan.
You will be seen by a licensed Physical Therapist who will discuss the following:
- Your medical history
- Your current condition, problems and complaints
- How your condition is affecting your normal activities
- What your specific goals are for Physical Therapy
Your Physical Therapist will then perform a thorough physical examination designed for your specific problem. This may include:
- Range of motion testing
- Strength testing
- Neurological screening
- Special tests to accurately diagnosis your condition
- Perform gait, balance and posture analysis
- Palpation (feeling the condition of muscles, joints and bones)
Your Physical Therapist will then develop a specific plan based on your unique condition. This plan will have your specific goals in mind and will address your concerns as thoroughly as possible.
How long will each treatment last?
Therapy sessions typically are 45-60 minutes.
What types of treatments will I receive?
Our therapists are trained to provide effective treatments including:
- Manual therapy and hands-on care to restore joint movement, relax muscle tension, and improve flexibility and subsequently reducing pain
- Prescribe corrective exercises to address strength and range of motion deficits, as well as improve functional movement patterns and mobility
- Prescribe corrective activities to improve balance reactions, reduce fall risk and make you more independent and safe during all your daily activities
Can I choose where I go for Physical Therapy?
Definitely. You have every right to choose your clinic and your Physical Therapist. We often see patients who have been told they must see a therapist at their doctor’s office or at the hospital but you have the right to choose where to go for Physical Therapy
Why should I choose a private practice Physical Therapist?
There has been a significant amount of research done on this topic over the years and numerous research studies support that patients seen by private practice PTs:
- Are more satisfied with their care.
- Received fewer overall visits (studies showed 39%-45% less visits).
- Had significantly lower costs for their care (studies showed 30%-40% less).
What kind of education will my Physical Therapist have?
Almost all Physical Therapist now have a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.
Send us a message, or give us a call at 877.651.5839. We’re here to help!
How can Occupational Therapy benefit you?
Occupational Therapy is much more than just dressing, showering, and toileting care. Using therapeutic activities designed to promote health, and prevent injury or disability, we help patients restore their highest level of independence. If you’re experiencing some of the following issues, occupational therapy may be helpful:
Difficulty standing at the sink to complete grooming tasks (shaving, brushing teeth, etc.)
Difficulty getting to meals without excessive sitting rest breaks
Difficulty completing morning routine (dressing, toileting, etc.) without a rest break
Taking a longer time to complete tasks or having difficulty standing for the time needed
Difficulty accessing items around the home (kitchen, refrigerator, closet, bathroom cupboards)
Difficulty picking clothes out of the closet or putting away laundry
Increased time with functional transfers (toilet, shower, bed, recliner)
Bumping into furniture, walls, or doorways while walking
Difficulty remembering daily schedules (mealtime, favorite activities)
Difficulty sequencing familiar tasks (putting paste on the brush before brushing teeth)
Difficulty locating familiar items in the home environment (comb, socks, or appliances)
Dropping items (eating utensils, brush, newspaper)
Difficulty opening containers (medications, a bottle of water, or a tube of toothpaste)
Difficulty multitasking (holding a cup of water in one hand while the other hand places pills in mouth)
Navigating narrow walkways in the home
Décor or clutter that increase falls risk
Poor placement of furniture (lamp shade behind the chair)
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- Difficulty keeping track of medications, paying bills/balancing checkbook, following recipes, or completing other daily life tasks
- Increased forgetfulness
- Getting lost going to familiar places
- Difficulty expressing wants and needs clearly
- Increased frustration when trying to communicate
- Difficulty with word-finding
- Increasing slurred speech, others often having difficulty understanding your speech
- Difficulty swallowing food, pills, or drinks
- Frequent coughing/choking during meals
- Feelings of food/medications getting stuck
- Difficulty pushing food to the back of the mouth to swallow it
- Change in vocal quality (e.g., hoarse, rough, weak, etc)
- Difficulty speaking loudly enough for others to hear you