Throughout our lifetime, our bodies are put through numerous physical stressors, strains, injuries and disease processes. At APM Spine and Sports Physicinas, physical therapy is concerned with the prevention and management of movement disorders. Consistency is also important to the success of physical therapy; therefore, you will treated by the same therapist for the duration of your therapy.
What is a physical therapist?
Physical therapists are specialists in the evaluation and treatment of movement and postural dysfunction. They are interested in preventing the onset and/or slowing the progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease and other causes. This is achieved by using hands-on techniques, as well as instruction in posture and exercises. There is a close relationship between your physician and physical therapist to meet your needs through the establishment of treatment objectives and goals that can be realistically met.
How do I get referred to physical therapy?
Your APM physician will determine which physical therapy services will best improve your outcomes. You will be given a referral to physical therapy, and an initial evaluation and follow-up visits will be scheduled.
What should I expect during a physical therapy appointment?
On your first visit you will be evaluated; a treatment plan and goals will then be developed. These will include improvement in mobility, reduction of pain, restoration of function and prevention of further progression of symptoms and dysfunction. Strong emphasis is placed on patient education, as your participation in the course of treatment is crucial to the success of therapy and meeting your goals.
Will my insurance cover physical therapy services?
Most insurance plans will cover physical therapy; however, each plan has limits and restrictions. We will be happy to inquire as to your benefits, but it is your responsibility to know what your insurance coverage is prior to your first visit. If your insurance requires an authorization for physical therapy, you will be required to have that before you are seen. Also, if you have received physical therapy at any other facilities, your benefits may be more limited, or even exhausted. If this is the case, we will try to work with you to provide the services that you need.