Does physical therapy require a prescription from my doctor?
In Pennsylvania, an individual can choose to go directly to a physical therapist for an evaluation/treatment for a period of 30 days. This is referred to as “direct access physical therapy.” Most insurances will pay for physical therapy without a prescription, however, some insurances such as Medicare require a prescription from a MD/DO/DPM/CRNP/PA-C.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring a valid photo ID, your insurance card(s), your prescription for physical therapy (if provided), and any other pertinent medical records including an updated medication list. Also, please bring/wear appropriate clothing to allow the therapist to assess the appropriate area.
What happens during my first session?
Your first session will generally consist of 1) an evaluation, 2) manual therapy (i.e. mobilization of joints or soft tissue, stretching, ASTYM®/IASTM), and 3) the prescription of home exercise. At times, modalities such as ice, heat, electrical stimulation, and iontophoresis are also used. We will provide you with as much patient education as possible to help you gain a clear picture of your diagnosis and path to recovery.
How long does each session last?
Physical therapy sessions generally last 60 minutes to 90 minutes.
How many visits will I need?
This varies significantly from patient-to-patient. Most patients typically undergo a course of treatment for 4 to 6 weeks, usually attending therapy sessions 2 times per week. The number of sessions can change according to your doctor’s prescription and/or your availability for treatment.
Is physical therapy painful?
Many people think of physical therapy as a significantly painful process. At times, there can be some discomfort associated with activities such as attempts to gain ROM in a post-operative knee or shoulder, or some exercise activities to achieve certain results. However, pain is a symptom of inflammation, which is the body’s response to injury to a given area. Therefore, if you feel pain, we may be creating more inflammation, which is NOT our goal. With many diagnoses, our goals are to “calm the area” first, and then we are better able to stabilize and normalize the area.
What insurance do you take?
LPTSM participates with most insurance companies. Please click here for our list. Prior to your initial evaluation, we will verify your benefits so you will be fully aware of your financial responsibilities.