Physical Therapy FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy (PT) is a healthcare specialty that focuses on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating physical impairments, injuries, or conditions to improve mobility, function, and quality of life.
When should I consider physical therapy treatment?
Physical therapy is recommended for various situations, including post-surgery rehabilitation, injury recovery, chronic pain management, sports-related issues, and improving mobility in cases of arthritis or aging.
What conditions can physical therapy help with?
Physical therapy can assist with a wide range of conditions such as back pain, joint injuries, muscle strains, neurological disorders, balance problems, and more.
How does physical therapy work?
Physical therapists use a combination of hands-on techniques, exercises, modalities, and patient education to help individuals regain strength, flexibility, and functional abilities.
Do I need a doctor’s referral for physical therapy services?
In many cases, you may be able to see a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral, depending on your state’s regulations and your insurance policy. However, it’s recommended to consult your doctor first for proper guidance.
What should I expect during a physical therapy session?
A typical session may involve a combination of assessments, exercises, manual therapy, stretching, and possibly the use of specialized equipment.
How long does a physical therapy session last?
Sessions typically last 30-60 minutes, but the duration can vary depending on your condition and treatment plan.
How many physical therapy sessions will I need?
The number of sessions varies based on your condition, the severity of the issue, and your progress. Your physical therapist will work with you to establish a personalized treatment plan which outlines how many times a week you should visit.
Is physical therapy painful?
Physical therapy exercises and techniques might cause some discomfort, especially at the beginning. However, your licensed physical therapist will work within your comfort level and gradually increase intensity as your body adapts.
What should I wear to a physical therapy session?
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows you to move freely. Your therapist might need to assess the range of motion and treat various body areas.
Will I receive exercises to do at home?
Yes, home exercises are often a crucial part of your treatment plan to maintain progress between sessions.
How can physical therapy benefit athletes?
Physical therapy can help athletes recover from injuries, prevent future injuries, enhance performance, and improve overall conditioning.
Is physical therapy covered by insurance?
Many health insurance plans cover physical therapy. Contact your insurance company to understand your coverage and any potential co-pays.
How can I schedule a physical therapy appointment?
Contact our physical therapy clinic directly to schedule an appointment, and our staff will guide you through the process. Get started by filling out our new patient form.
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