Physical therapy is the process of treating a physical condition, disease, deformity or general pain through restorative techniques such as exercise, stretching and massages. Before diagnosing the condition or providing treatments, physical therapists and doctors collaborate to find the source of the pain and come up with an appropriate solution. After determining the best solution, physical therapists perform specific treatments to mobilize joints and soft tissue, and restore strength to affected parts of the body.
Like nurses, doctors, and surgeons, physical therapists must undergo extensive training in order to be certified. Physical therapists must earn a master or doctorate in physical therapy to administer the restorative care that patients require.
In order to do this, physical therapists must graduate from an accredited post-baccalaureate program, in addition to passing a state board examination, as do physical therapist assistants. Like other medicine-related educational programs, these degree programs focus on the human anatomy, but also on diagnosing and healing physical conditions.
After an injury, most people consult their primary care physician or an emergency room doctor about the most effective course of action. When there is tissue damage, a loss of joint mobility, or significant pain during motion, physical therapy is the ideal solution. Your primary care physician will likely recommend that you see a physical therapist for recovery assistance.
We offer free consultations in which we make our own assessment of the injury to find the treatment that is right for each patient. Physical therapy is far more helpful than surgery or pain medication in that it provides lasting pain relief, and has no negative side effects.
For you, the first physical therapy appointment is an opportunity for you to become acquainted with your doctor and for your doctor to understand your needs and condition.
You will need the following materials:
- A physical therapy prescription from a referring physician
- Insurance information (we will copy your insurance card to keep it on file)
- Workers compensation claim, insurance contact names, phone numbers and claim number (if applicable)
At the beginning of physical therapy, there is normally a lack of joint mobility or tissue pain. Because the goal of physical therapy is to restore this mobility (and ultimately ease any consistent discomfort), there may be stages of physical therapy in which patients do experience minor-moderate levels of pain. The important thing to note, however, is that pain is not necessarily indicative of a failed treatment. In fact, pain is a natural and expected response to this type of treatment. Oftentimes, to fully restore the parts of the body to their maximum potential and completely eliminate pain, there will be some minor discomfort.
Communicating with your physical therapist during treatments about pain will help them to understand your sensitivity to pain, and adjust their treatments to minimize it. Additionally, telling your physical therapist about pain that you might experience between sessions will also help them to form a more complete treatment.
Insurance coverage varies based on the provider, package and rates.
In most cases, standard insurance packages sufficiently cover physical therapy treatment without an excessive copayment. However, some more advanced treatments may not have full coverage.
If you have questions about the extent of your coverage based on your insurance plan, feel free to contact our office.
In most cases, the majority of the payment will be covered by your insurance plan.
For copayment, we accept cash, check, debit card, and credit cards.
We are also open to discussing payment plan options.
During physical therapy appointments, comfort is a priority.
Patients should wear clothing that they can easily move around in without irritation or discomfort. Workout clothes or activewear are both perfect examples of clothing that will allow you to stretch and perform guided exercises.
We also recommend that patients dress in layers. This allows them to cool off during exercises, and warm up during cooler periods like ice therapy.
We will supply gowns to any patients who request them during their session.
During the first physical therapy session, patients will learn about the treatment they will receive.
The physical therapist will learn more about your condition by completing the evaluation and receiving a thorough medical history. They will also test your functional movement, flexibility and strength.
After determining the ideal treatment, the physical therapist will begin treatment. By communicating with patients about the sensation that treatments have, they will better understand how to provide you with the best possible care. The first visit will last approximately one hour.
The length of physical therapy sessions is entirely dependent on each patient’s needs.
For patients with one simple, isolated joint issue, each treatment may be as short as 30 minutes. Patients with more complex issues that affect entire muscle groups or parts of the body may have treatments that are 45 minutes or longer. The first visit will generally last for one hour.
After the physical therapist has learned the effects of various treatments, the duration of treatments should remain the same.
The number of physical therapy sessions that each patient will have varies greatly. At the beginning of each patient’s treatment, the physical therapist will develop an overarching treatment plan with a particular amount of sessions. Patients who are suffering from one injured joint will have a shorter treatment schedule than patients with more treatment needs. Patients that need dedicated attention to several parts of the body or entire muscle groups will likely have longer treatments, to ensure the full recovery of all systems.
At the scheduled conclusion of each treatment, the physical therapist will ensure that the body has healed sufficiently. If the body has not fully healed, then the physical therapist will plan for additional treatments.
After completing physical therapy treatments, there is a chance that previously damaged parts of the body could again deteriorate and require further treatment. Some patients choose to enter an ongoing physical therapy program, in which they further strengthen vulnerable parts of their body to prevent further injury.
The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island offers programs that encourage healthier fitness and nutrition habits. Each program is designed for individual patients, meaning that it will be tailored to their specific needs. Before the program begins, physical therapists will do some initial testing to determine the current fitness level of each patient. This, along with a medical history, will help them to create a treatment plan. As they continue throughout this program, their needs will change.
If you have an injury or are experiencing physical discomfort, then feel free to reach out to our office. Our experienced and qualified staff will help you diagnose and treat each condition for sustained recovery.
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