What is Physical Therapy?Physical therapy is utilized to treat injuries, reduce pain, improve function, improve strength, motion, overall fitness, return to hobbies, and sports enhancement. Physical therapy addresses balance, chronic pain, and a variety of neurological issues also.
Our goal is to get people back to enjoying life, hobbies, and work activity without pain. We utilize a variety of tools that may include exercise, manual therapy, education, and modalities (such as heat, cold, electrical stimulation, traction, Graston) as well as other treatment options. If patients are painful with activity we may modify exercise programs and techniques, assess work postures and sport activity (running, throwing, swimming, golf mechanics) and suggest modifications to improve performance and eliminate the cause of pain.
Depending on the injury or condition involved, physical therapy may include work on flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, proprioception and balance. Treatment may focus on preventing problems as well as treating existing problems that affect:
- Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones (musculoskeletal system).
- Your nerves and related muscles (neuromuscular system).
- Your heart and related blood vessels (cardiovascular system).
- Your lungs and breathing (pulmonary system).
When Can Physical Therapy help?Acute or Post-Surgical injuries
Physical therapy can help you recover from an injury and avoid future injury. Your physical therapist can help you reduce pain in the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments), build muscle strength, and improve flexibility, function, and range of motion. He or she can also evaluate how you do an activity and make suggestions for doing the activity in a way that is less likely to result in an injury.
Physical therapy can help you live more easily with chronic or ongoing health conditions such as spinal stenosis, arthritis, chronic pain and Parkinson's disease (to name just a few). Your physical therapist will work with you to establish your goals. Then he or she will create a program of educational, range-of-motion, strengthening, and endurance activities to meet your needs.
Are you contracted with my insurance and how much does it cost?Insurance companies do provide benefits for physical therapy. At the top of the page there is an “Insurance” Tab. Click on that to access a list all of the insurances we are currently contracted with. If you do not see your insurance company listed, give us a call and we will check on that for you. We verify insurance coverage for all patients, so no surprises. You will know what your physical therapy benefits are before your initial visit.
What if I have a high deductible and can’t afford physical therapy?Call us…….. We want anyone who needs care to be able to have it. We can setup a payment plan within your budget.
What should I wear?Wear comfortable clothing. Athletic clothing is not required, but the body part being treated should be accessible (i.e. If you have knee pain, shorts would be appropriate). We also shorts and gowns at the clinic if you don’t have any.
How long will it take for me to get better?It is impossible for us to predict how long it will take for anyone to get better. Following your initial appointment, you will know exactly what your plan of care is and your projected visits for physical therapy. We strive to provide as many home/self care options as possible to speed recovery time and minimize cost.
Do you need a referral from your doctor?Some insurances require a referral (prescription) for physical therapy, and many do not. You can call your insurance company to verify if you need one, or call us and we can assist you.
Can you contact us to ask a question?Yes…
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