What is a Physical Therapist?
Physical therapists are health care providers who are experts in the examination and treatment of problems that affect peoples abilities to move and function. They are required to understand a vast array of problems that can affect movement, function and health. All physical therapists (PTs) must pass a national examination and be licensed by the state in which they practice. And because our abilities to move are driven by four major systems in the body musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary physical therapists are educated and experienced to manage all four.
People of all ages need to move and function, so PTs work with patients from newborns to the very aged, and in all types of settings. PTs dont confine their talents to treating people who are injured. A large part of a physical therapy program is directed at preventing injury and loss of movement. For example, PTs may conduct screenings for athletes to expose potential problems and institute a preventive course of care. They may perform workplace ergonomic assessments to help you avoid injuries caused by repetitive stress on your body.
The cornerstones of physical therapy are therapeutic exercise and functional training. In addition to hands-on care (i.e. manual care), PTs also educate patients to take care of themselves and to perform certain exercises on their own. Unlike many physical therapy clinics, all appointments at Active Physical Therapy are one-hour long, and you will work with an experienced PT for the entire session.
Not sure if physical therapy is right for you? Consider common symptoms that can be helped by physical therapy: chronic muscle aches, joint pain, loss of range of motion, or back or neck pain. Talk to your doctor or email us to learn more
How long will my appointments last?
What should I wear to my appointment/s?
If you are being treated for your low back or legs wear elastic banded pants or shorts. If you are being treated for your neck or arms wear a tank top or camisole.
Does insurance cover my treatment?
Most insurance plans do pay for physical therapy, but coverage does vary and may have limitations. As a service to our patients we verify all benefits prior to the first appointment.
What can I expect from my treatment session?
On the first visit a history will be taken followed by the examination and goal setting. Hands on treatment may or may not take place on the first office visit depending on the complexity of the examination required. On follow up treatments the plan that was set and discussed in the first visit will be carried out. This may include a variety of modalities and treatment approaches including, but not limited to joint mobilizations, neuromuscular re-education, stretching, tissue mobilization, resistive exercises and heat or ice treatments.
How many sessions will I need to come to?
This is determined by the severity of your complaint and the nature of the complaint, ie: tendinitis typically takes 6-8weeks to resolve with 1-2 treatment sessions per week. This number is discussed on your first visit, but may vary even from the time it is set.