What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is the treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic procedures, exercises, patient education and the application of modalities. The goal of Physical Therapy is to restore and facilitate normal function.
Do I need to see a doctor before coming to see you?
You always have the freedom to choose your own physical therapist. Maryland law does not require you to see a physician prior to scheduling a physical therapy appointment. However, you should check with your insurance company to determine if you need a prescription or referral from your doctor prior to attending physical therapy.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring the following with you to your first appointment:
- Insurance card.
- Prescription for therapy that you received from your doctor.
- Referral from your primary care physician, if required by your insurance (check with your insurance company).
- Photo I.D.
- Workers’ Compensation – claim number and case manager’s contact information.
- Automobile Accident – claim number and adjustor’s contact information.
What happens during my first visit?
On your first visit, you will receive a thorough evaluation from a licensed physical therapist to identify and assess your injury or condition. The physical therapist will educate you on your condition and treatment options and discuss your specific goals and needs. Using the information gathered, the physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan. This treatment plan will include how many times you should receive treatment per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, short and long term goals, what procedures and modalities you will receive and what you can expect after discharge from therapy. Your referring physician remains involved throughout your program by receiving an initial treatment plan and frequent progress updates.
What is Patient Privacy and what should I expect?
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) defines policies, procedures and guidelines for maintaining the privacy and security of an individual’s health information. At our clinics we take HIPAA regulations very seriously and, as a result, we offer a therapeutic environment that protects your personal information. We provide private treatment areas for all patients as well as one-on-one sessions that will allow you to discuss all health-related information with your Physical Therapist in a secure environment.
How long will the initial evaluation and each subsequent visit last?
The initial evaluation will typically last 60 to 90-minutes and each subsequent visit will typically last 45 to 60-minutes.
How should I dress?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice. For low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants.
Can I come two days in a row?
Yes. Results are not affected in a negative way if you attend therapy two days in a row. However, in a situation where the patient has an extensive supervised exercise program it may be advised that they not schedule two days consecutively in order to give exercised muscles the needed rest.
What if I have to cancel, i.e. sickness?
Our cancellation policy requires 24-hour advanced notice if you need to cancel a scheduled appointment. If you need to cancel an appointment or change your appointment time, please call the appropriate office and speak with the receptionist. Patients will be charged $50.00 if 24-hour advanced notice is not given. However, this policy does not apply to bad weather conditions or emergencies.
Will my insurance cover Physical Therapy?
Most health insurance companies will cover your treatment based on your benefit plan. However, often co-pays and deductibles exist. Click on our insurance link for a summary of insurances we accept. Patients are asked to bring any referrals or prescriptions that may be required. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you with your insurance questions.
When am I expected to pay for services?
Co-pays and deductibles are to be paid at the time treatment is rendered.
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