1) What can I expect at a physical therapy visit?
At your first physical therapy visit, your physical therapist will review your medical history and do a physical evaluation. Depending on your diagnosis or symptoms, your therapist may evaluate your flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, posture, and/or heart rate and respiration. Your therapist may look at how you walk or get up from lying down (functional activities), along with how you use and position your body as you perform activities (body mechanics). The therapist will work with you to determine your goals for physical therapy and to begin planning your treatment. You may or may not begin your actual therapy at the first visit.
In general, the first goal of treatment is to decrease any pain and swelling you may have. The next steps usually are to increase your flexibility and then to increase your strength and endurance. The goal is always to improve your ability to perform your daily tasks and activities. As with any exercise, you may have mild soreness or swelling as a result of treatment and these should be noted by your therapist. Your therapist will monitor your reaction to treatment and will adjust your treatment as needed. This ongoing assessment and adjustment will help ensure that the risk of any injury or complication from physical therapy is very low.
Your physical therapist will evaluate your need for special equipment such as particular footwear, splints, or crutches. If you need equipment, your therapist can help you know what to get and either get it for you or tell you where you can find it.
In most cases, part of your physical therapy will be education. Your therapist may teach you about a home exercise program incorporating proper body mechanics, and the use of any special equipment you may need. He or she will then periodically check to see how well you are transferring the skills you learn in therapy to your daily life.
Your physical therapist will continually reassess your progress toward your treatment goals and will work with your doctors to plan for your discharge from physical therapy.
2) What should I wear to my appointment?
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a pair of rubber soled sneakers. We have facilities should you need to change clothes when you arrive, but please remember to allow extra time before your appointment should you need to.
3) How much time does an appointment last?
Your first appointment or initial evaluation will last about an hour. Your following visits will take 45 minutes to an hour depending on the extent of your injury. You and your therapist will work together to set goals for your desired physical outcome. Once you have achieved these goals, you will no longer need to come in for therapy. However, you may continue… with a home exercise program, assigned by your therapist. We strive to help you meet your goals in around 6-8 visits. But this can vary greatly, depending on the individual and type of injury. Please refer to our “use another name?” to help in preparing for your treatment.
4) Can I choose my physical therapist?
When scheduling, we will do our best to accomodate your request for a particular therapist.
5) Will I see the same therapist every time?
The entire Focus staff will work with you in achieving your goals! This means that you may occasionally see different people during the course of your care. The physical therapists will ensure your success by overseeing all of your care and improvement.
6) What type of insurance do you accept?
We accept most insurances. However, Medicaid does not always cover outpatient physical therapy for patients over 18.
We also accept: Motor Vehicle Accident/Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurances, and Workers Compensation Insurance.
We employ our own in-house billing specialist, so you will always be able to talk to someone in person about any questions you may have regarding insurance and billing questions.
7) I don’t have insurance. What will my physical therapy cost?
For patients without insurance, we offer a 30% discount. Payment plans are also available.
8) Do you accept credit or debit cards?
We are not set up to accept credit or debit card payments at this time.
9) Medicare questions:
Medicare usually allows 22 physical therapy visits per year; however, there are a few exceptions that could apply, allow for additional visits. Your therapist can help you decide if you qualify. We also have our own in-house billing specialist who can help with these issues.