Referred to Physical Therapy-Now What?
You have just left the doctor’s office with a referral for physical therapy for an injury or illness.
While the doctor did give some background information, 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. Still, with a some help, you can find the best fit for you. Start by talking 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
(e.g. 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
Making an informed decision about your rehabilitation will ensure you find the best physical therapist for your specific condition. Conducting a quick phone interview of a potential physical therapy office is the best way to know what to expect from your physical therapist.
You can call us here at Orthocare Physical Therapy Center at 703 310 7610
You can also find information in our Patient Center
Frequently Asked Questions
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’s 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 manual therapy is performed.
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 established 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. Just like expectations vary from one physical therapist to another, so does the approach. Our compassionate clinicians have the experience and the expertise to address a wide range of orthopedic concerns. At Orthocare Physical Therapy Center, through education, treatment, and self management techniques, can help you recognize the steps needed to reach your optimal potential.
What experience/training do you have in treating my injury/illness?
No matter what brings you to physical therapy, 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. Asking in advance can save a lot of problems and is 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 extend the courtesy of contacting your insurance company to verify your Physical Therapy eligibility and benefits.
Prepare for your First Visit
Having a clear sense of what to expect on the first day of physical therapy can help avoid any confusion and ensure a successful initial meeting. The clinic you have chosen 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:
• What time should I arrive?
• Where do I park/enter?
• What should I wear to physical therapy?
• What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Asking a few questions in advance will ensure you settle on the right physical therapy clinic to address your specific needs and position you for a successful recovery.