A physical therapist is a licensed health professional, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the human body primarily by physical means. They work with individuals who have sustained disabilities, impairments or limitations in their overall physical function as a result of injury or disease processes.
When you go to physical therapy you will receive a comprehensive examination and evaluation, including a detailed history as well as neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems review. Your therapist will review your current medications as an opportunity to educate you and refer you back to your primary care provider if there are any concerns.
Your physical therapist will utilize the information gathered during the evaluation to develop strategies to reduce acute or reversible factors such as muscle weakness, joint pain and gait deficits. They will implement techniques designed to improve flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, balance, joint mobility, postural re-education and gait training, depending upon your unique needs. Patient and family education is also a critical–arguably the most critical, and piece of the treatment puzzle.
Over the course of your care, your physical therapist will document progress, re-evaluate physical findings and modify treatment strategies as appropriate to assist you in meeting your individual goals. Please remember, physical therapists also work with clients to prevent a loss in mobility before it occurs by developing home exercise programs for a healthier, more active and pain-free lifestyle.
Immediate appointments are available. Please call one or our clinics to schedule an appointment. We will work with your primary care physician to obtain a prescription for physical therapy.
Medical insurance generally covers physical therapy treatment. However, each insurance plan is different. You can check with your insurance carrier to determine your coverage.
Please plan on coming 15 minutes before the start of your appointment to complete your new patient paperwork which includes information about your injury, current function and pain scale. Bring along your physician referral, insurance card (if applicable) and photo ID. Wear comfortable clothes. You will be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist which will include time for your therapist to get to know you so that they may better understand your injury. Each patient’s situation is unique and your plan of care will be set up just for you.
Many of our patients have enjoyed using our equipment and exercising in our friendly atmosphere. Once your therapy program is completed, we offer an AfterCare exercise program where previous patients can utilize our facility in order to continue their exercise program. The cost of this program is $30 per month.