Who uses Physical Therapy?
Those who benefit most from Physical Therapy are individuals who are in need of restoring injured body parts, increasing flexibility, or building strength and balance. They include people recovering from a surgical procedure, such as knee or hip replacement, individuals who need help with strength and balance, and student, professional, or recreational athletes recovering from injury or seeking to achieve optimal performance in their sport. We also help improve posture, which, if left uncorrected, can cause damaging musculoskeletal conditions.
Why is Physical Therapy Effective?
Physical therapist's are experts on the human musculoskeletal system. They do much more than treat your specific injury; they also identify imbalances in strength or range of motion that can cause or predispose you to future injury. Physical Therapists work with you to bring your body into balance so that you can maximize function and avoid re-injury.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
Please bring any records from your previous doctor, a list of your medications, allergies 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 Intake Forms located on our forms page, and bring them completed to your appointment.
What should I wear?
We recommend you wear or bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to our physical rehab clinic because oftentimes we will 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. If you are coming straight from work you can bring a change of clothes and use one of our private rooms to change.
How long does each visit take?
Normally, appointments are usually between 45 and 60 minutes. 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.
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 until it appears that you have reached a maximum level of progress. Your therapy may also be monitored by your referring physician.
When should I start seeing improvement?
Again that depends on the same factors associated with how long treatment will take. We make a treatment plan for you, which includes follow up and regular maintenance visits to our physical rehab 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 as well about your progress.
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 health insurances provide physical therapy benefits and will pay for therapy, subject to coinsurance and/or deductibles. Some companies only offer limited coverage, such as a specified number of treartments. We recommend that you call the benefit number listed on your insurance card to check on your insurance benefits before you start therapy. You are responsible for any co payments or deductibles called for by your insurance plan.
Do I need a physician's referral for physical 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 the patient to be seen every 30 days by their physician to continue with therapy. Under Florida law, a licensed physical therapist can see you for up to 30 days without a prescription; however, if you are going through insurance, you may be required to have a prescription anyway.