Physical Therapy FAQ

What should I bring for my first visit?
Please bring some loose shorts and a sports bra and/or tank top so that we can easily examine involved regions of the body.during your initial evaluation.  It is also helpful if you can already fill in the intake/history form before coming in.

How long should I expect my first visit to be?
The initial evaluation will take an hour.  The physical therapist will go over your health history, the reason that brought you in for physical therapy including your goals, and then perform a musculo-skeletal evaluation to determine what can be done to address your concerns.  She will then explain findings and discuss treatment options and prognosis with you.  Usually, she will initiate your treatment and instruct you in some techniques or exercises you can start to implement at home to progress towards your goals.

What does a physical therapy follow-up visit entail?
Depending on your physical therapy diagnosis, treatment may include manual techniques such as myofascial release, joint mobilizations, trigger point release, targeted massage, stretches, or muscle energy techniques. Corrective progressive exercises to regain range of motion, muscle balance, stabilization, or strength will also be used as part of your treatment. Balance and proprioceptive activities may also be included. Other options include education regarding activity modifications, posture and body mechanics.

Do you take insurance?
We do not file insurance (other than Medicare), but you can receive a statement of services provided that you can file with your HSA or FSA to be reimbursed. Some insurances also may reimburse you for out-of-network provider benefits. We have a worksheet to help you determine whether your insurance may allow you to file or reimbursement with an out-of-network provider.

Why do you not take insurance?
We have found that in recent years insurance reimbursements have steadily declined, while co-pays have increased.  Many insurances have $ 50 copays and up for each physical therapy visit, then only cover the remainder of the cost once a sizeable deductible has been met.  Also, many insurances have restrictions on what types of interventions they cover for any particular diagnosis.  We feel that treatment should be determined based on assessment findings and patient’s need rather than dictated by insurance.

What about Medicare?
We have decided to become a Medicare provider to better serve our clients who are on Medicare. If you need treatment for any condition Medicare generally covers, we will file your insurance for you.
Services not covered by Medicare, such as fitness, wellness and prevention related services can be provided to you on a cash basis.

Do I need a prescription from my physician?
If you are on Medicare, you will need a physician’s prescription for your services to be covered. Other clients have direct access and can self-refer for physical therapy.

What types of problems do you treat?
We treat neck and back pain, hip and knee pain, tendonitis, strains and sprains, pre and post surgery rehab, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, postural problems, balance issues, arthritic conditions. We can also instruct you in safe exercises to manage osteoporosis.

We look at your whole body and your movement patterns to determine the underlying cause of the problem.  While providing hands on treatments to address muscle, joint and fascial problems and corrective exercises to improve movement patterns, we also teach you techniques to allow you to actively manage your symptoms and regain maximal function. to get back to doing the things you love.