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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from my first physical therapy visit?
The first visit will be an evaluation of your injury or condition and will last approximately 60 minutes. There will be some paperwork detailing the history of the injury as well as a comprehensive evaluation. The physical therapist will take a thorough history, take detailed measurements of strength and range of motion at the injured site and work with the patient to create short and long term goals for your rehabilitation. The diagnosis and prognosis of each injury will be discussed with the patient.

Depending on the nature of the injury some exercise can be performed on the day of the initial evaluation in order to begin the healing process. At the end of the visit each patient will be set up with a home exercise program to begin increasing range of motion and addressing strength deficits. After the evaluation the physical therapist will put together a plan of care that will begin on the second visit.
What will I be doing during a normal physical therapy session?
A normal physical therapy session will last between 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes. During that time period there will be a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise designed to focus on the deficits that were noted during the initial evaluation. Therapeutic modalities will be used as needed to help facilitate the healing process. During your rehabilitation session comfortable clothing is recommended allowing for a full range of motion and ease with exercise.
How is my doctor involved with my treatment and how will I know when
I am done with physical therapy?
Every thirty days your doctor will be faxed a patient care plan informing them of the progress being made in physical therapy. All physical therapy treatments are based on medical necessity. This means that in the opinion of the therapist or doctor we see it medically necessary for the patient to continue with physical therapy compared to allowing the patient to continue on their own with a home exercise program. Also a patient will be discharged if they have plateaued or if a patient has not attended physical therapy for a period of 30 days or more. At this time a discharge note will be sent to the referring physician.
What is the Work Hardening program?
It is a structured individualized treatment program designed to maximize the patient's ability to return to work. The Work Hardening/Conditioning Program is an interdisciplinary approach in rehabilitation which utilizes strength and conditioning techniques to progressively improve biomechanics, neuromuscular efficiency, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. The Work Hardening/Conditioning Program uses real or simulated work tasks to prepare the patient for a safe transition back into the work force and helps prevent reinjury. People who will benefit from the work hardening program are patients who have completed physical therapy but will continue to benefit from the skills listed above in order to allow the patient to return to work safely and prevent a reoccurrence of injury.
How long will it take for me to recover from my injury?
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need several weeks of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and a multitude of other factors. You will be reevaluated continuously by your treating therapist and our goal is to return the patient to their prior level of function in a safe but efficient manor.
What happens if I cannot make it to an appointment I scheduled?
Please call our office giving us at least 24 hours notice and cancel your appointment. We will work with you to reschedule your appointment to a different time or different day in order to meet your needs.
Why is it important to be consistent with my physical therapy and not just come in when I’m in pain?
In order to achieve the physiological changes necessary for healing it is important to be consistent with physical therapy. Being compliant with your therapy sessions results in increases to your strength and mobility enabling a quicker recovery.
When I am discharged from physical therapy how will I know the symptoms will not return?
Upon discharge each patient receives an independent home exercise program. It is the patient’s responsibility to preform this program on a regular basis to continue to make rehabilitation gains. In addition the patient will be provided with a variety self management techniques throughout the duration of therapy. These techniques are designed to provide both short and long term relief of their symptoms.
What insurances do you accept?
We accept all major insurances; please call our offices for more information.