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What is Physical Therapy?

The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.

How do I get started?

To start, simply call the office to schedule an appointment. Insurance covers most physical therapy, but each plan is unique and some require prior approval. Therefore, we ask that when calling the office to schedule your first appointment, be sure to have ready your primary physician’s name and your insurance information.

What should I bring with me?

For your first visit you will need your prescription for treatment, insurance card, a photo ID, and any paperwork that your physician asked you to take with you to physical therapy. Remember wear comfortable, loose clothing so that the area of your body that needs evaluated may be easily accessed.

What should I expect on my first visit?

You should arrive about 10-15 minutes early to fill out some basic paperwork. On your first visit, your physical therapist will perform an examination to determine what deficits and/or problems you have that can be addressed in physical therapy. The examination involves a thorough injury history and tests that allow the physical therapist to get a more specific understanding of your condition. Your physical therapist will make a clinical judgment on what type of treatment plan is best for you. A treatment program will be developed aimed at resolving the problems identified.

What type of treatment will I receive?

Treatment is based on the initial evaluation findings along with ongoing reassessment and evaluation. Treatment may consist of a variety of hands-on joint and soft tissue treatment techniques, exercise techniques and pain reducing modalities. Treatments are designed to increase motion and strength, reduce pain, and most importantly, restore function. Patients are typically involved in an active exercise program at home and are educated in ways to speed recovery and prevent recurrence of the problem.