What is Physical Therapy (PT)?
Physical Therapy is the art and medical science of easing or eliminating pain and improving physical function by direct physical means such as hands-on treatment, stretches, exercises, functional activities and pain relief without the use of drugs. As an integral part of the health care system our physical therapy services are covered by health insurance plans.
How To Get Started:
- Free Consultation – Call us and schedule a 15 minute free consultation with one of our licensed therapists to discuss your condition and determine if therapy is the right step for you. If you already have a physician, our therapists can help communicate with them and expedite the process for you to get your condition addressed and handled. If you do not already have a physician in town, our therapists can help you find the right one to meet your needs.
- Referral – If you already have a health care provider who has recommended therapy, just call us and we will get you scheduled for your first appointment.
- Contact Us – If you are unsure how to get started or have questions, just call us and we can help you determine the right first steps for you.
Your First Appointment:
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the paperwork necessary to establish you as a patient and to file the claims with your insurance company. Our friendly front desk staff will greet you and help you get through the process quickly and easily. At this time they will also make a copy of your insurance card.
- Next, your therapists will greet you and take you to a private treatment area where they can evaluate your condition. Your therapists will start by asking you about your medical history and get details about your current problem. Your therapist will the do a physical therapy evaluation which includes assessment of your pain, muscles and other soft tissues, joint movement, flexibility, strength and functional mobility to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.
- The therapist will work with you to determine your goals and to establish an effective plan of care designed to decrease pain and solve the underlying causes such that your goals are achieved.
- Throughout your first visit you will begin treatment as your therapist educates you on the findings during the evaluation and begins working with you to decrease pain and improve function after the assessment. Most of our clients go home after the first visit with some basic activities to begin at home which will help them further decrease pain and improve their condition.
- Once you and your therapist have completed your initial treatment and established a plan of care, you will return to the front desk to schedule out your treatments. This is done at this time so we can ensure you get the appointment times you need with a consistency with your therapy provider so you are able to fully and quickly achieve your goals.
- When you return for subsequent appointments you simply check in at the front desk and the staff will notify your therapist that you have arrived.
What to Bring to Your First Appointment:
- Your prescription.
- Your insurance card and ID card.
- Your list of medications if it is extensive.
- Your appointment book.
- Comfortable clothes that will allow assessment and movement of the joints involved (i.e. shorts for knee and ankle, tank tops for shoulder, etc.).