Referred to Physical Therapy – Now What?
You have just left the doctor’s office with a physical therapy referral.
The doctor did give some background information. However, you have actually never visited a physical therapist for therapy before and know only a little about this profession.
You ask, now what?
In this blog by Orthocare Physical Therapy Center, we answer some of these questions.
Select a Physical Therapy Office
Deciding where to go for physical therapy can be challenging. Talk to friends and family members about which physical therapist did they visit. Ask your doctor for a few recommendations, and search online for locations in your community.
For example, search Physical Therapy near me in Fairfax Northern Virginia (NoVA) or the surrounding communities, We hope you will find us here at Orthocare Physical Therapy Center.
Once you have compiled a short list of potential physical therapy clinics, call each location to request more information.
Narrow Down the Playing Field
Conduct a quick phone interview of a potential physical therapy office. This is often the best way to know what to expect from your physical therapist. Then make an informed decision about your rehabilitation. This way you can ensure that you find the best physical therapist for your specific condition.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Additionally, below are a few essential questions you should ask a physical therapy clinic.
What will a typical PT session involve?
Each physical therapy clinic conducts sessions just a little bit differently. So it is important to settle on a place with practice policies that make you comfortable. For example, you may want to choose a clinic that allows you to work with the same physical therapist each time, or at the same time every week. Others may select a physical therapy clinic based on session length or whether the clinic offers manual therapy.
What will be expected of me?
Each physical therapist will have slightly different expectations for the role you play in your own recovery. However, all will expect you to participate in a home program to carry over goals you establish in your therapy sessions.
How will you help me reach my potential?
You will want to be sure that the treatment philosophy of the physical therapist you select is a good fit with your needs.
At Orthocare Physical Therapy Center, our compassionate clinicians have the experience and the expertise to address a wide range of orthopedic concerns. We can help you recognize the steps needed to reach your optimal potential through education, treatment, and self management techniques.
What experience or training do you have in treating my injury or illness?
You will want to find a physical therapist who specializes in treating your specific circumstance. Physical therapists may specialize in specific conditions, based on interests, experience, and professional influences. Our clinicians have extensive professional experience and have likely treated other individuals experience similar concerns. Contact us to find out if we offer the right fit for your needs.
Do you accept my insurance?
Physical therapy is often covered by insurance but some clinics may not accept your plan, or may not accept insurance at all. Ask in advance, so that you can save a lot of problems for all parties. This time is also an opportunity to find out if you need to contact your insurance company before your first visit.
Here at Orthocare Physical Therapy Center, we accept most major insurances. Contact us before your first visit to confirm your insurance coverage. Our helpful staff will even contact your insurance company to verify your Physical Therapy eligibility and benefits.
Prepare for your First Visit
Have a clear sense of what to expect on the first day of physical therapy. You can avoid any confusion and ensure a successful initial meeting this way. The clinic will likely provide information on its website or over the phone.
Here at Orthocare Physical Therapy Center, we have a whole page for information about this first visit
Some other questions you can also keep handy include:
• At what time should I arrive?
• Where do I park and enter?
• What should I wear to physical therapy?
• What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Ask a few questions in advance. This way, you can ensure you settle on the right physical therapy clinic to address your specific needs and position you for a successful recovery.