What Is Physical Therapy?
It is the hands-on approach to health care when medicines are not the only solution. Physical therapists specialize in kinetics and movement of the body. They evaluate your impediments and causes of pain and work with the body to solve these issues through strengthening and joint conditioning (flexibility).
In many cases physical therapy is necessary after an injury to the body and the damage needs to be repaired. The human body is amazing at repairing itself from many different types of damage. However, to maximize your body’s healing potential, there are many ways to enhance and accelerate healing process with strengthening and flexibility exercises.
The goal of physical therapy is to restore your mobility and function with improved joint protection to prevent reoccurring injuries.
How Do I Know If Physical Therapy Is Right For Me?
You should work with your doctor to determine the best course of action for rehabilitation. If you do not have a doctor, feel free to call us and we can walk you through the process. We can provide you with an initial consultation to determine if PT may be helpful for you.
What Should I Bring For My First Visit?
You should have:
- A referral from a referring doctor or physician. If you don’t have one, call prior to coming in.
- Bring your insurance card or a copy of your card for our records.
- Bring any information about your medical history if you have it.
- Bring a list of your current medications.
- Any additional information you need for insurance or disability/injury paperwork.
What Should I Wear?
Comfortable loose fitting clothing.
Will There Be Pain?
In some cases physical therapy techniques can be painful. When your mobility has been decreased, restoring that mobility and function takes time and effort and in some cases pain. This is completely normal.
Your PT will utilize a variety of treatment techniques to maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate with your therapist about your pain so that adjustments can be made to your program as necessary.
Is Treatment Covered By Insurance?
Physical therapy is covered by most insurance plans. Please check the insurance section of our website for more information.
What Can I Expect On My First Visit?
Your therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation which will include your medical history, your current problems/complaints, how this is affecting your functional ability to perform your daily activities, the intensity and nature of your pain. The therapist will perform an objective evaluation which may include palpation of the involved area, range of motion and strength testing, neurological screening, postural assessment, and any special tests relevant to your condition/complaint.
How Long Do Therapy Sessions Last?
This usually depends on your needs and situation. Sessions can be as short as 30 minutes to an hour. We work with you to figure out what is best for you.
How Many Sessions Will I Have?
Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit.