Each physical therapy program is tailored to the individual patient's needs and can include one or more types or therapy and modalities. The patient's physician usually coordinates with the efforts of the physical therapist to decide on the best program and the frequency/duration of treatment. The duration of the program depends on the injury/illness being treated and the patient's response to therapy. Please feel free to print out/fill out the forms we have online before your first appointment and bring them in with you.
A referral is no longer necessary for a patient to begin physical therapy with some health insurances
Direct Access gives patients access to physical therapy for their first 10 visits or first 30 days from the start of treatment, without a prescription from a physician. After your first 10 visits/30 days, we contact your physician and insurance company and get approval for continued therapy as necessary.
Due to strict Medicare guidelines, we do encourage Medicare patients to call their primary care physician and obtain a prescription before they begin physical therapy.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out the necessary paperwork.
What to bring:
Please bring your prescription provided to you by your referring physician, written referral / authorization if required by your insurance carrier, your insurance card(s) for primary and/or secondary insurances and your Co-pay/coinsurance. Co-pays/co-insurance is expected at the time of each visit. Also please bring a list of medications that you are currently taking and your calendar so we can schedule future appointments.
What to wear:
Loose-fitting clothing, we do have locker rooms for your convenience. Aqua therapy would require a towel and bathing suit or shorts/shirt for in the pool.
Duration: Approximately 45 min to 1 hour. Generally scheduled for 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks, depending on treatment prescribed.
Once prescribed treatment is complete, your physical therapist will perform an evaluation to assess changes in your condition. Upon completion, your therapist will decide if it is best to discharge you from therapy or if therapy should continue.
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