Frequently Asked Questions

Physical therapy involves "hands-on" care, therapeutic exercise, functional training, education of a patient's injury or condition, and prognosis for return to previous function. Services are provided to all ages. Physical therapy can be provided in hospitals, long-term care settings, outpatient clinics, school systems, and recreational or professional sports.

What happens during my first visit?

You will be asked to fill out paperwork. Please come with your insurance card because we will need to make a copy of it and use it to verify your insurance coverage. Also, bring your prescription for phyiscal therapy if being referred by a physician.The physical therapist will perform an initial evaluation on you. The following will be discussed: medical history, current symptoms/complaints, pain intensity, activities that exacerbate or ease your symptoms, how is your daily life impacted, goals for physical therapy, and what activities would like to return to upon discharge from our care. The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation, which consists of assessing range of motion, muscular strength, balance, posture, sensation, special tests,etc. This part of the evaluation is to point out deficits in any of the above determine a physical therapy diagnosis. From this diagnosis, an individualized physical therapy plan will be developed with the patient's input. Frequency, potential for rehab, duration of physical therapy, and goals will all be discussed.

What should I bring with me?

Please come with your physical therapy referral from your physician and your payment information. If you plan to bill through your insurance, bring your insurance card. If Workers' Compensation is covering your care, bring your claim number and your case manager's contact information.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable clothes that are loose fitting so the area the therapist is evaluating can be easily exposed. Shorts for knee problems, tank tops for shoulder injuries and loose fitting pants for low back pain are ideal examples.

How long will each treatment last?

Typically, the evaluation will last a full hour. Subsequent visits will last between 30-60 minutes.

How many visits will I need?

This varies from patient to patient and is based on your diagnosis and the severity of your impairments. Some patients only require 1 to 2 visits while others require months of therapy. Every patient is re-evaluated on a regular basis and when you visit your referring physician, a progress note with recommendations for care will be provided.

What do physical therapists do?

Physical therapists are experts in movement and function. They are educated and licensed to treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions of any kind. Following an evaluation, a program is designed and progressed by your physical therapist specifically for your individual needs. The goal is to prevent injury, loss of movement, and even surgery but often, patients do not arrive early enough. Therefore, physical therapy often involves rehabilitation following injuries, chronic pain, or surgery.