FAQ's

What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy involves all areas of orthopedic and neurological systems. A physical therapist can examine and treat a wide variety of diagnosis from joint pain, to balance disturbances, to osteoporosis, to weakness, to post surgery rehab. Although we can perform high force joint mobilizations, we tend to use other methods for treatment. We are specialists in using exercise and manual techniques to restore function and mobility to the patient's maximal potential.

What are the qualifications of a physical therapist?
Of the 212 accredited physical therapist programs, 203 are doctorate programs and 9 are masters programs.  By 2015, all programs will be required to meet the requirements for the doctorate level.  It is the goal of the American Physical Therapy Association to have every physical therapist obtain a doctorate degree by the year 2020.  Upon completion, the individual is required to sit for an exam to obtain a license to practice within their state.  License renewal requires completion of 30 hours of continuing education coursework every two years.

Do I need a Dr.'s prescription?
Yes, a scrip is needed for treatment.  If you are experiencing pain or a recent injury, please consult with your family practitioner or specialist (orthopedist, podiatrist, etc) to determine if physical therapy is right for you.

What should I bring with me on my first visit?
Prior to coming in, you will need to complete our new patient paperwork. You can find this on our website or you can pick it up at the clinic. We will need this paperwork completed 2-3 days prior to your first appointment.  As well, you will need to bring your insurance card, a form of identification (i.e. license), a prescription / referral from your doctor, and any MRI or X-Ray reports you may have.

What should I wear?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination.

How often do I need to come?
Your treatment duration and frequency is based on your physical therapy evaluation and recommendation from your physician. Most patients average 2 -3 visits per week. This will be based on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, etc. You will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and we will share this report and our treatment recommendations with your doctor.

How long is the treatment?
The first appointment (evaluation) will take approximately 1 hour. The typical treatment lasts 60 – 90 minutes depending on your diagnosis, response to treatment, and exercise regimen for the session.

What is your cancellation and no show policy?
It is our goal to see every patient at their scheduled appointment time with a minimum of waiting. Out of respect for our other patients & staff we ask that you please:

  • Don't Be Late...
    If you arrive more than 10 minutes late you may be asked to reschedule which will result in a $25 fee.
  • Call At Least 4 Hours In Advance...
    If you make changes to your appointment with less than 4 hours notice a $25.00 fee will be applied to your account.
  • Avoid No-Shows...
    We understand things happen, so if you are unable to keep your appointment, please call and let us know. Simply not showing up will result in a $25.00 fee being applied to your account. Three cancellations or no-shows will result in all future appointments being removed from the schedule.

Does the treatment hurt?
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

Why is physical therapy a good choice?
More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source.
Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physical therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.

Why are people referred to physical therapy?
You and others may be referred to physical therapy because of a movement dysfunction associated with pain. Your difficulty with moving part(s) of your body (like bending at the low back or difficulty sleeping on your shoulder, etc.) very likely results in limitations with your daily activities (e.g., difficulty getting out of a chair, an inability to play sports, or trouble with walking, etc.). Physical therapists treat these movement dysfunctions and their associated pains to restore your body's ability to move in a normal manner.

I just had orthopedic surgery; will physical therapy help me heal faster?
Of Course! Physical Therapy can help reduce swelling, increase active and passive range of motion and increase strength and endurance after orthopedic surgery. Most importantly, attending physical therapy increases the functioning of the involved muscles, bones and other soft tissues much more quickly and effectively than just "staying at home" after surgery.

Who pays for the treatment?
In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. Click on our insurance link above for a summary of insurances we accept and make sure you talk to our receptionist so we can help you clarify your insurance coverage.

Is Physical Therapy like Massage Therapy or Chiropractic Care?
In reference to massage therapy, yes, except a PT can administer massage therapy, but massage therapists cannot administer PT. In some cases the use of various forms of massage is an integral part of the physical therapist's treatment plan.
Chiropractic care differs quite a bit in the sense that a chiropractor relies heavily on performing joint manipulations. Chiropractors typically will see a patient for much longer than a physical therapist for continued joint manipulations or "adjustments" whereas a physical therapist will rehab the injury or painful area and then instruct the patient in a Home Exercise Program for continued care. A physical therapist with specialized training can effectively perform many of the physical adjustments that a chiropractor uses.