Who uses Physical or Rehabilitative Therapy?
Individuals in need of restoring injured body parts, increasing flexibility, or building strength benefit most from physical therapy. Posture is also important - if left uncorrected, poor posture can cause damaging musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, we help patients who have undergone surgeries and are in need of therapy to regain optimal physical functionality.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
Please bring any records from your previous doctor, a list of your allergies, medications, and a list of prior doctors. We also recommend bringing in a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Please make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us the necessary paperwork and insurance information to put you in our system. To save time, you can also print the New Patient Forms located on our Helpful Forms page and bring them completed to your appointment.
What should I wear?
We highly recommend you bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to our physical rehabilitation clinic because we will often be stretching or exercising you. Your clothes should also allow us to evaluate your area of injury, so please dress accordingly. As for footwear, we suggest comfortable, closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to your first appointment.
How long does each visit take?
The initial visit takes a little longer than the subsequent visits due to the paperwork that you need to fill out in addition to the completion of the assessment process. Appointments are usually between 30 and 60 minutes.
How long will I need physical therapy?
You will need to attend physical therapy sessions until you and your therapist decide that you have reached your desired level of function or that further therapy would not be beneficial. Therapy will often also be monitored by your physician.
When should I start seeing improvement?
Visual signs of improvement depend on the same factors associated with how long treatment will take. We make a treatment plan for you that includes follow up and regular maintenance visits to our physical rehabilitation clinic. If at any point you feel like you are not progressing at a satisfactory rate, we will collaborate with you and modify your treatment plan. We will always keep you informed about your progress.
What is the difference between a Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy?
Physical Therapy (PT) works in restoring function of the legs, back, neck, and torso along with the shoulder region. PT treatment also helps patients with wound care and rehabilitation after accidents and surgery. Occupational Therapy (OT) primarily enables people to participate in the activities of everyday life. OT uses careful analysis of physical, environmental, social, mental, and other factors to identify barriers to occupation. An OT therapist is involved in both cognitive and physical training to assist patients with everyday living. PT and OT both work to help patients with their needs for both physical rehabilitation and general everyday life activities.
Will you keep in contact with my doctor?
After your initial evaluation we will send a copy of the examination to your doctor, along with progress notes, at regular intervals.
Will I see the same physical therapist every time?
We will make every attempt to schedule you with the therapist you desire to see. However, there may be times when another physical therapist will treat you to accommodate your schedule. All of our physical therapists are fully-licensed and enjoy delivering high-quality care.
Will my insurance pay for therapy?
Generally, most insurance companies pay for physical and occupational therapy. Some companies only offer limited coverage or do not cover occupational therapy. We recommend that you call the benefit number listed on the back your health insurance card to check on your insurance benefits before you start therapy.
Do I need a physician's referral for physcial therapy?
Most insurance companies will require that you get a physician's referral for physical therapy, which you need to bring on your first appointment. Medicare requires patients to be seen every 30 days by their physician to continue with therapy. However, in California, we have "direct access" law in which you, as a patient, can make an appointment and be seen without a doctor's prescription. You will be responsible for the cost of the appointment at the time care is rendered.