Physical Therapy FAQ

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Q: Do I need a referral physical therapy?

A: It depends on your insurance provider. However, most of the time you are required to provide a prescription or referral from your physician for therapy services.

Q: Will I see the same therapist throughout my treatment?

A: At Physical Edge, we have a therapist stay with the patient throughout his or her treatment program. This ensures that the patient receives consistent care and constant reevaluation, enabling proper acceleration of the healing process.

Q: Typically, how long will it take to get better?

A: This depends on the injury and diagnosis; at your initial evaluation, your therapist will discuss your expected treatment time.

Q: What can I expect on my first visit to Physical Edge?

A: You should arrive approximately 15 minutes before your appointment to complete the appropriate paperwork. The initial evaluation and subsequent period will take an hour; follow-up visits are typically thirty minutes.

Q: What clothes do I need to wear for treatment?

A: You should wear comfortable, loose fitting attire. We also have gowns and/or specific clothing for you to change into if necessary so that the area being treated will be accessible to the therapist.

Q: What happens at the initial examination?

A: The initial evaluation consists of a thorough review of the patient’s medical history. A comprehensive examination is performed, and includes the assessment of posture, joint mechanics, range of motion, strength, muscle integrity, and flexibility. Following the evaluation, we educate the patient about the injury and how the course of rehabilitation will proceed.

Q: Do you correspond with my referring doctor?

A: Absolutely. We send typewritten updates to each patient’s referring physician following the initial consultation, and we follow up with a progress note every four to six weeks.

Q: How important are the home exercises?

A: Home exercises and patient education are key to a quick recovery. Consistent performance and repetition give you the opportunity to aid your own healing process. However, to ensure optimal recovery, Physical Edge allows current patients free access to the fitness center during non-therapy hours to complete their exercises.

Q: If I have had an MRI or x-rays, should I bring them to my initial evaluation?

A: If they are easily available to you, please bring them. However it is more important to bring the reports from the scans to your first visit.

Q: What health insurances do you take?

A: Physical Edge accepts most all PPO, POS and Medicare plans. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept HMO’s and Medicare plans that have been assigned to an HMO provider. If you do have an HMO plan and would like to be seen at our facility, we offer very competitive “cash pay” rates.