What to expect from your physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
The first day of therapy is typically an hour-long appointment that consists of a thorough medical history and discussion of the cause and nature of your pain or dysfunction.
This includes an in-depth mechanical evaluation such as measurements of flexibility, range of motion, strength, mobility, functional movement and a gait analysis if necessary.
All of these components are analyzed by the therapist to determine appropriate goals and treatment.
Duration of your therapy will depend on several factors including the severity of your pain and condition, the amount of time you have been in pain, your general health, and your compliance to your prescribed exercise program.
We want your appointment to run as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please complete the patient information form before your first appointment. We will call you before you come in if we require any additional information, and to pre-authorize your insurance coverage.
Physical therapy treatment depends on your goals.
If you have acute or immediate pain and inflammation, we want to minimize that as soon as we can. We’ll draw from a variety of treatments such as ultrasound, ice or heat, and electrical muscle stimulation.
While these treatment methods can be very effective helping reduce and eliminate short-term pain, our goal will be to get to the source of the pain and to reduce or eliminate chronic and longer lasting pain. To do this, the underlying cause or mechanical fault must be examined and treated.
The manual techniques practiced by certified Rachelle McGuigan may be used when joint and/or soft tissue restrictions are noted.
The heart of the PT program plan is exercise.
The best way to make the most of your therapy sessions is to put the actions to work via simple exercises you can do safely at home. These may be gentle stretches or easy, active movements that progress to strengthening via more complex combinations of movements that simulate sports or work specific movements.
Regaining your function relies on performing exercise and the practice of movements that will improve your body’s tolerance for activity. After full strength and function are regained, Rachelle can help you transition to a healthy and safe wellness program. We’ll be here to help you every step of the way!
Many physical therapy services are paid for by insurance policies. Individual and group policies are all a little different, so it is best to call your insurance carrier before we begin to determine your specific physical therapy coverage. If you are unsure, contact us and we can help with the process.
Physical Therapy sessions not billed through insurance typically cost $100 for your initial 1 hour appointment and $75 for each 40 minute follow up appointment.
Physical therapy isn’t for everyone…
As much as we would love to help everyone in pain, physical therapy is not appropriate for everyone. It is always best to talk with your personal physician about starting a physical therapy and/or exercise program.
Although not an absolute requirement, a physical therapy prescription order from your physician is best. If you don’t have a physician to consult about this, please talk with us about whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for physical therapy. We would be happy to help you with the referral process.