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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long will my physical therapy session be?

A: Typically, a physical therapy session is 45 minutes to an hour, however your time may vary according to your needs, plan of care and tolerance.

Q: How should I dress for physical therapy?

A: Loose fitting comfortable clothes, supportive foot wear (sneakers), garments that allow access to the area being treated.

Q: Do I have a copay and how much will it be?

A: For your copay information, it is best to contact your medical insurance carrier. Copays are set by your insurance carrier and are legally contracted between the provider and the insurance company.

Q: How many physical therapy sessions will I have?

A: The amount of sessions required varies widely and is determined by your physician, the physical therapist and your goals. Often the quantity is influenced by insurance contractual limits.

Q: What should I bring to my first visit?

A: Please bring identification, insurance card, completed paper work sent to you from us, doctors protocol if given, any braces, splints or assistive devices in use, imaging such as x-rays or MRI’s.

Q: Is physical therapy painful?

A: Although physical therapy can often relieve pain and discomfort, there are indications that can cause pain to achieve function and alleviate long term dysfunction.

Q: Is a prescription required to receive physical therapy in New York?

A: In New York State, a licensed physical therapist has direct access of care and can evaluate and treat patients for 10 visits within a 30-day period without a prescription. Please check with your insurance carrier for exceptions on their behalf.

Q: Can I choose which physical therapist I want to go to?

A: Yes, you have the right to choose your own physical therapist.

Q: What is the role of a physical therapists?

A: When a physical therapist sees a patient for the first time, they are required to examine that individual and develop a plan of care. The goal is to improve the patient’s ability to regain movement, help reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Depending on the identified needs of a patient, physical therapists may utilize manual techniques that include soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization, massage, facilitation of movements a muscle to promote proper movement and function. Modalities are often indicated such as electrotherapy, ultrasound (high-frequency waves that produce heat), hot packs, paraffin, whirlpool and ice in addition to other treatments when appropriate. In large therapeutic exercise, balance, vestibular training, gait training and functional training are important skilled interventions employed by physical therapist.
Physical therapist will often engage in preventative care and promote wellness, by working with individuals to prevent loss of functional mobility. This can be achieved by working with a client to develop fitness- and wellness-oriented programs thereby promoting healthier and more active lifestyles.

Q: Do you need a license to practice physical therapy?

A: Yes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Q: Do you need a license to be a physical therapist assistant?

A: In most states, yes, you need to be licensed or certified to work as a PTA.


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