Physical Therapy’s goal is to reduce pain, improve healing, improve and restore mobility to injured areas of the body, and return you to your normal functional activities. The use of therapeutic exercise in many cases aids the patients recovery faster and without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects as well as help you improve motion and strength post surgical procedures.
Our staff Physical Therapist can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition/injuries so that they will achieve long-term relief. We will examine each person and develop an individual plan, using evidenced based techniques to promote mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, a patient will benefit with a greater and healthier more active lifestyles.
What Conditions benefit from Physical Therapy?
Back & Neck Pain
Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident
Spinal Disc Injuries
Tendinitis & Bursitis
Total Joint Replacement
Weakness of extremities
Work Related Injuries
Improved Sports performance
Plus many other types of injuries.
What treatment should I expect?
Every patient has an initial evaluation, at which time they sit down with the Physical Therapist and describe how they are feeling, what makes them feel better and or worse, what daily and recreational activities they are able to do and what things they cannot do. The most important issue is what the patient’s goals are. The doctors will then measure motion in the joints, test strength, and palpate for areas of pain.
After the evaluation is done, the Physical Therapist will explain the findings to the patient, what treatments the patient will receive and review the patient’s goals and docotr’s goals to make sure everyone is in agreement. Subsequent visits typically occur two to three times per week, depending on the patient’s needs. These sessions can include exercises, stretches, hands-on care by provider, various modalities to help decrease pain and/or inflammation and an educational component.
As you progress, the exercises will also be progressed to include specific sport and/or work related simulation exercises if necessary. A re-evaluation will be completed approximately every thirty days to assess your progress. Each re-evaluation will be faxed to your physician to keep him or her updated. When all goals are sufficiently met, as decided by you and your provider, you will be discharged to an independent home exercise program.
The primary goal of care is to get the patient active in a safe way. Improving their lifestyle and health!
Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy or can I use Direct Access?
Direct access is an individual’s freedom to acquire physical therapy treatment WITHOUT a referral from a physician.
Say for example, you hurt your neck, back, arms or legs and you have pain and needed physical therapy to recover. Through direct access you are able to bypass going to a doctor’s appointment in order to get a referral for PT. Direct access not only saves you the hassle and time of visiting your doctor, it can also save you money. Even though your insurance may cover the majority of your doctor and PT visit costs, you still have to pay your copay, deductible, coinsurance for every visit. These costs add up so the idea that you may have fewer PT visits and no doctor visit to pay for could be financially beneficial to you. Exactly how does direct access work? In Pennsylvania, you are permitted to see a physical therapist that has a Direct Access certification for up to 30 days without a prescription from a physician. If you require treatment for longer than this amount of time, then your physician will need to be contacted and sign off on a plan of care to continue with treatment. If a therapist determines that you need further testing or that you are not an appropriate candidate for PT at the time of evaluation, he/she will refer you to your physician or a specialist. Even though state law may allow you to see a PT through direct access, your insurance may or may not pay for it. Medicare in particular allows for an initial evaluation through direct access, but will not cover any treatment without a referral from a physician after the evaluation. Often the PT will send a treatment plan of care to your physician that needs signed before your next visit. It is important for you to be familiar with your insurance plan in order to know what is covered. If you are unsure of your plan benefits, you may want to ask the physical therapist’s office to check into your coverage before you begin therapy.