What does a physical therapist do and how can they help me?
A physical therapist a movement expert who diagnoses and treats people of all ages to improve their quality of life. They treat people with injuries, disabilities, health conditions impacting function or people who just want to be healthier or prevent injury. A physical therapist has attended a credentialed physical therapy program and subsequently passed an exam to become licensed to treat patients. They are the experts in analyzing movement and subsequently treating musculoskeletal or neurological disorders that impact function. Much of health care costs today are a result of musculoskeletal disorders and a physical therapist is the first line of defense in treating these problems. A licensed physical therapist works with you to establish and help meet your individual goals to improve your quality of life. You can visit www.choosept.com to learn more about physical therapy and how it can help you.
What do I need to bring with me to my first visit?
Please bring your current medication list, any relevant medical history (surgeries, previous injuries), your insurance card and physical referral, if applicable. We will need a referral from a physician if you choose to file on your insurance and do not have direct access within your plan.
What can I expect at my first visit?
Your initial evaluation is a review of your medical history and an in-depth assessment of the reason you are attending physical therapy. You will discuss your pain, how your problems are impacting your life and what goals you would like to achieve while attending therapy.
You will also be tested for strength, mobility, pain, and range of motion as well as any special tests the therapist might feel necessary to perform to help address your problems. The therapist will set goals with you and will develop a plan of care that is approved by your physician, if you have been referred by one.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that makes it easy for the therapist to access the areas being treated. Loose-fitting pants that expose your knee or a tank top for a shoulder is always a good idea. Comfortable shoes are also important as you may be asked to perform some additional testing while walking or standing.
How long will a session last?
A typical evaluation lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Treatments sessions may last from 30-60 minutes, depending upon your specific needs.
How long will I need to attend therapy?
Treatment duration varies for each patient. We always customize your plan of care and treatment to your specific needs, while sensitive to any concerns, such as scheduling conflicts or financial situation. Your goals for therapy are important and we want you to achieve them. To help meet goals, we provide patients home exercise programs to manage on their own with regular check-ins with the therapist by phone or in person.
Will my insurance pay for physical therapy?
Most insurance companies have benefits that cover physical therapy. Some insurance companies require a co-payment and others require a co-insurance. We recommend that you call your insurance company before starting physical therapy to verify your benefits. We will confirm these benefits at or before your initial visit.