We have answered some frequently asked questions on what to expect at your physical therapy appointments. We pride ourselves in creating a welcoming atmosphere and want to ensure that your experience with physical therapy is a positive one. Below we have answered some questions on what to expect; if should have more specific questions please discuss them with your therapist upon arrival.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a method of treatment for certain physical impairments, disabilities, and injuries. You can expect a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist who will create a plan of treatment for your specific diagnosis.
How often do I need to attend physical therapy?
Frequency of attendance is dependent upon your diagnosis and your physician’s recommendation. However, a typical plan of care for physical therapy includes attendance three times per week.
How long will my physical therapy appointment be?
Appointments for physical therapy vary in length depending on your diagnosis(es) and activity level. Typical appointments are approximately one hour in length.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Comfortable clothing that you are free to move in; sneakers are preferred in our gyms.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
On your first visit to physical therapy, you will be assigned to a team (a physical therapist and physical therapists assistant) who will work with you throughout your entire episode of care. You will fill out paperwork specific to your diagnosis to give your therapist an understanding of your history. Your therapist will then complete a thorough evaluation that could potentially include diagnostic testing and range of motion measurements. You may be started with some exercise and treatment with modalities (heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.). It is at this visit that the frequency and duration will be determined.
Do you participate with my insurance?
At Drayer Physical Therapy Institute we work with patients with all types of insurances. At your first visit you should be counseled by a billing representative who will inform you of your specific coverage and personal responsibility (if any).
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Photo ID, insurance card(s), physician’s referral/prescription
Do you have an interpreter available?
We do not have interpreters on our staff; however we are happy to provide you with an interpreter should you need their services. If you need an interpreter for your appointments, please let our staff know ahead of time so that we can find the appropriate interpreter to be available for your appointments. DPTI will cover any costs related to interpreter services.