Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a profession that utilizes movement, various hands on techniques, exercise of all types, and modalities (heat, electricity, Ultrasound, etc) in order for you to live a better life everyday. Our compassionate physical therapists will evaluate your condition and create a customized treatment program that restores function and mobility and assesses your progress.
What is Occupational Therapy?
If you have difficulty using your arms and hands, completing your daily activities, require an adaptive device, or need dynamic or static splinting, we will work with you to meet your personal goals.
What is Speech Therapy?
If you have trouble with your voice, communication, cognition or swallowing, a speech language pathologist will help you understand your condition and/or improve your abilities.
What are modalities?
Our physical therapists use a variety of modalities to help treat our patients. There are a variety of treatment modalities that can help strengthen, relax, and heal muscles. Below are a few of the treatment modalities we use at our clinic.
- Hot Packs
- Cold Packs
- Tens Unit
What should I wear?
In general, wear comfortable clothing to physical therapy. If you are coming straight from work or on your way to work, you can bring whatever you like to wear with you and change here if needed.
What should I bring to my first physical therapy visit?
For your first visit you will need your insurance card and prescription from your doctor. If you have any operative reports, MRI or X-ray results, you may bring those as well, but they are not necessary. Additionally, if you are using any type of brace, splint, or crutches, those should come with you.
How long is each session?
Generally sessions are an average of 45 minutes long.
How often should I attend?
During your initial evaluation, your therapist will be able to tell you the optimal frequency to come, in accordance with your diagnosis, physician's plan of care and insurance coverage.
Do I need to perform my exercises at home?
Once you are seen for an evaluation your therapist will give you an exercise program for you to follow up with at home.
Do I need a referral to come to physical therapy?
A referral depends on what insurance you have. We suggest you call your insurance company before hand to see if you require a referral.
Will my insurance cover therapy?
Most insurance companies do cover these services, but coverage varies.
Do I need a prescription from a doctor for therapy?
An evaluation can be completed for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy without a prescription. Treatment may be provided once a prescription is received by your doctor.