Q: What is a physical therapist?
A: A physical therapist is a highly educated and licensed health professional who is thoroughly trained to help patients/clients reduce pain, improve and restore mobility, and increase performance so they can achieve long-term relief and functionality while reaching their fullest potential as individuals and athletes.
Q: How do I know it’s appropriate to see a physical therapist?
A: If you’re having trouble moving, be it due to pain, muscle/joint weaknesses, a reduced range of motion, etc., or you simply want to move and perform better (e.g., athletic enhancement), a physical therapist can help. Is back pain keeping you in bed? Is that bum shoulder holding you back from picking up the kids? Have you hit a plateau in your sport of choice? Physical therapy can help, often eliminating the need for expensive surgery and keeping you away from harmful painkillers.
Q: Do I need a referral to see a physical therapist?
A: No. You can be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without a referral from your physician. If you wish to use insurance, however, first check with your provider to see if they will cover your appointment without first getting a physician’s referral.
Q: What can I expect during my first visit?
A: You’ll receive an initial evaluation by a physical therapist, with treatment to follow. Your physical therapist will educate you about your condition, charting a path toward your goals that may include additional treatments, a home exercise program, and follow-up assessments.
Q: What will treatment be like?
A: We offer individualized treatments based on the particular needs, strengths, weaknesses and goals of each patient/client. Treatment, which may include manual therapy, exercise regimens, education, and various other approved modalities, is determined following initial evaluations and ongoing assessments.
Q: Will you work with my physician?
A: Of course. If you’ve been referred to us by a physician following injury, surgery or a specific diagnosis, we will keep your physician up to date on your treatments, progress, and any additional findings or concerns we might have.