Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about Physical Therapy.
Does physical therapy hurt?
Who chooses which physical therapist I go to?
How do I arrange an appointment?
What should I bring with me?
Will my insurance cover physical therapy?
What should I expect on my first visit?
What types of interventions may I receive?
The interventions you receive will depend on what the physical therapist finds in the examination/evaluation. Most physical therapy plans will include four categories of interventions: First, manual therapy which is hands-on treatment by the physical therapist. Second, exercise to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination or a combination of all four. Third, modalities if needed such as heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and traction. Fourth, functional training including patient education.
How long is a typical treatment session?
Treatment sessions generally take from 45-60 minutes. Your first visit may take a bit longer due to the process of the initial evaluation.
What if I have an increase in symptoms?
If you have increased symptoms please call your physical therapist. When you call the office, please be sure you explain to the office staff that you are having an increase in symptoms. The office manager will alert your physical therapist. The physical therapist will review the information and will give you a call back that same day.
Are Physical Therapists licensed?
Yes, all physical therapists are required to be licensed by the state in which they work, and licenses should be prominently displayed.
What should I wear to my physical therapy appointments?
In general, wear comfortable clothing to physical therapy. Clothing should allow access to your injured body part. You can bring clothing with you if you need to change once you are here.