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What is physical Therapy?

Does insurance pay for physical therapy?

What will happen during my first visit?

What do I need to bring with me?

What can I expect during treatment?

How long will each treatment last?

What should I wear?

What will be expected of me?

Will my doctor be aware of my treatments?

What do you mean when you use the term "Corporate Therapy"?

What is physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is the practice of helping people regain strength, function, mobility and reduce pain. These techniques may involve the use of various applications i.e. cold laser, ultrasound or electrical stimulation along with exercise programs specific to your condition. The goal of physical therapy is to improve your strength, flexibility, reduce your pain and restore maximal function.

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Does insurance pay for physical therapy?

Most insurance companies will pay for Physical Therapy, however your health plan may require you to make a co-payment or pay a certain percentage of your bill. For more details, you can call your insurance carrier. If you are coming in for your evaluation as a courtesy we will verify your health plan benefits for you before your evaluation.

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What will happen during my first visit?

Upon arrival you will be required to fill out a few forms giving us your medical history and consent for treatment. As a courtesy to you, and your valuable time, the forms are also available on our website. The Physical Therapist will evaluate your status to maximize your rehabilitation. If you have not filled out the forms from our on our website you will need to spend a few minutes to fill the forms out.

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What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your medical insurance card, Driver license and any completed forms you downloaded from our website.

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What can I expect during treatment?

Your therapist will train, process and educate you as we advance through your individualized program. We will use exercise of many different forms as well as apply the applications mentioned above.

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How long will each treatment last?

Your treatment time is determined by your specific status and tolerance. Anywhere from 1 to 2 hours is not uncommon.

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What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting cloths.

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What will be expected of me?

In order to gain the greatest amount of recovery, it is very important to attend your scheduled appointments. If unable to keep your appointment it is helpful if you will notify us.

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Will my doctor be aware of my treatments?

We will stay in contact with your Doctor by sending your individualized treatment plan to thier office after your initial evaluation. Regular updates will be sent as needed.

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What do you mean when you use the term "Corporate Therapy"?

In today's "corporate world" it is not uncommon to see "Corporate Physical Therapy" where injury and pain in one individual is treated the same as every other individual that has similar symptoms. For example, every patient with problem A, B or C does the same pre-prescribed routine throughout the duration of their treatment. Their ongoing Exercise Prescription rarely evolves, grows or progressively adapts as the patient's status changes from week to week!

One reason for this may be due to the fact that in "Group Clinics" owned by "Corporate Entities" the patient may have a different person in charge of their treatments from session to session. So, to avoid confusion every therapist sticks to a basic set of exercises that doesn't get confused from one therapist to the next.

Another reason may be the fact that many therapists working in large "Group Clinics" may be restricted to strict and limited time frames spent with each patient. This time spent reflects on their billing statistics or profitability evaluation done on an administrative level. The therapist may be encouraged to see a certain number of patients every 45 minutes to improve their billing performance. Whether 45 minutes allows a patient enough time to provide quality treatment, and whether or not this group of exercises continues to advance the patients outcome, is not of importance to those "crunching the numbers"!

Most therapists don't like this but are somewhat forced, or influenced, by the corporate "powers that be" to keep churning out billing units and not necessarily concerned about how far a patient can be progressed! Even more, the corporate powers don't have to worry about patient outcomes because there are 10 more (uninformed) new patients being funneled in on the schedule for tomorrow thanks to all the Doctors who have financial interest that continue to supply this "assembly line" approach.

In my opinion, for the therapists working in these settings, it is like sending a surgeon to surgery without a scalpel or suction! A skilled therapist needs time and flexibility to upgrade, grow or adapt a patient's exercise program according to you "the patient" each and every session regardless of time frames!

When there is a strict rule on time ordered by the corporate "powers that be" your therapist has his knowledge and skills confined to a basic set of generic activities that leave much to be desired! Not at In Motion Physical Therapy, we advance as you advance and change as you change and allow the time that is realistically needed. Just think of it this way, as a parent, would you just teach your baby to sit up and then teach him no more? I don't think so! You would challenge your baby to crawl, then walk, then run and all the things that follow!

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