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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a treatment option for people who are looking to maintain, restore, and improve function, movement, activity, and decrease pain levels. Physical Therapy is the dynamic interaction between the Therapist and the patient. It begins with a comprehensive examination to determine the source of the problem. Physical Therapists are experts in dealing with conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Once the examination is complete a treatment plan is devised and discussed with the patient. This may involve the use of modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, etc.), manual therapy (joint mobilization, stretching, tissue release, etc.), and exercise. The goals of the treatment are agreed upon and the focus is to improve the patient's functional level, pain, or activity tolerance.

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What conditions can be treated with Physical Therapy?

Outpatient physical therapy is appropriate for a wide range of conditions involving the bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. It is difficult to list all of the diagnoses in which PT would be appropriate but some of the most common conditions treated non-operatively are lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, foot & ankle conditions, sports injuries, etc. In addition, outpatient physical therapy is utilized in most post operative cases to assist with getting the patient back to the quality of life they had prior to the surgery. Some of the other services we offer are aquatic physical therapy, orthotic fitting/fabrication, ergonomic evaluations, gait analysis, balance training, etc. We see a variety of conditions.

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Is there a way I can fill out the new patient paperwork ahead of time?

We have all of our new patient registration papers in a downloadable form in the FORMS section of our website. You can print them, fill them out and bring them in with you to your first appointment along with your insurance card, ID and doctor prescription if you have one.

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What should I expect on my first visit?

The first visit will consist of a thorough review of the patient's medical and injury history, followed by an in depth evaluation of the involved body part. Data gathered during this process is then used to begin developing a plan of care specific to the individual's needs. Most likely, each client will receive the beginning of his or her home exercise program, as well as education on diagnosis, prognosis, and management of the current condition. Please remember that each patient is different and reacts differently to physical therapy including the evaluation process. It is important to develop a treatment baseline and that starts with the first visit.

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How long will my visit last?

Your initial visit will last about one hour, with the follow up visits ranging between one hour and 1.5 hours. We are aware of each individuals time restraints so if you need to leave in a certain amount of time your physical therapist will gladly accommodate your needs to make it convenient for you.

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How many visits do I have to come?

That will depend on your diagnosis as some injuries take longer then others to rehab. The average length of visits usually is between 6-12 visits.

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How is my progress measured?

At your initial visit, your Physical Therapist will perform a thorough examination, using standardized tests and measures, to quantify and qualify your impairments to determine a starting point. This allows your progress to be measured using the same standardized tests upon re-examination. The frequency of your re-examinations will be performed based on your diagnosis and the severity of your impairments. Also, it is important to inform your physical therapist when your follow-up visits are scheduled so progress notes can be sent to your physician to keep them up to date on your treatment.

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What is my responsibility in Physical Therapy?

The patient is responsible to be compliant with the therapy program and the home exercises. This will allow for a speedier and safe rehab for the patient. In addition, the patient should provide all pertinent information to the therapist so they can best devise an appropriate rehab program. Communication is key between the therapist and patient so they can work together to reach all of the patient's goals.

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Will the therapy hurt?

Physical Therapy should not hurt for the majority of diagnoses but there may be a small amount of muscle soreness 1-2 days following an initial evaluation and the start of an exercise program. We encourage consistent performance of the individual home exercise program and the use of ice for 10-15 minutes post exercise. The patient should stop any activity that creates significant pain immediately and contact their clinician immediately to figure out the best next steps.

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“My family is so appreciative toward all of your dedication and expertise! Thank you for being such a motivational and encouraging part of my dad's recuperation. You are a miracle maker for sure! We are so lucky to have such a skilled hard working therapist, You are amazing!“ Amy Argabrigh...

Amy Argabright-Bruno
Aug 12, 2011


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