To aid in your understanding of our capabilities, we offer this physical therapy frequently asked questions (FAQ). To learn more, or for answers to physical therapy questions not addressed in this physical therapy frequently asked questions, Contact physical therapy. We offer physical therapy Brooklyn NY and Queens physical therapy locations, as well as our Manhattan onsite office.
What makes CPT Clinic different?
At Community Physical Therapy, we love what we do. We are in the business of taking care of people, not just rehabilitating injury. Not only do we practice the science of healing by continually seeking new knowledge, but we have highly developed the art of caring. We understand that the ramifications of being injured reach much further than just having pain. It can often lead to emotional and occasionally financial stress. We do our best to address all aspects of a person’s condition to provide care in addition to treatment. Hopefully by the conclusion of your experience with us you will feel like a part of our family because we will care for you as our own.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is the art and science of treating people to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout one’s lifetime. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury or disease. By using a range of manual and physical interventions, physical therapists facilitate the body’s recuperative powers. The goal of all physical therapy treatment is to restore full and pain-free normal function.
Can physical therapy help me?
Physical therapy can improve or resolve the vast majority of pain and injury people encounter. In the cases of chronic conditions for which there are no cures, physical therapy is effective for diminishing pain, improving strength and mobility, and increasing one’s overall quality of life. Of all the choices you have to address your pain, physical therapy is the least invasive and most natural of your options.
Will it hurt?
The notion that physical therapy must be a painful process is a myth. In the great majority of cases, effective treatment can be provided with little or no discomfort to the patient. Through our many years of experience and extensive continuing education, we at Community Physical Therapy have found numerous gentle and productive techniques to facilitate your recovery.
Do I need to see a doctor first?
No. New York State allows any person to seek physical therapy for ten visits or 30 days (whichever comes first) without a referral from a physician. However certain insurers require a referral before they will authorize treatment. Worker’s Compensation and No-Fault do not allow treatment without a doctor’s prescription. If you have any questions regarding your ability to receive physical therapy, please call our office for information.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Upon your arrival you will be asked to fill out a few forms. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to complete this process. These forms are available for download to complete prior to your arrival. After the paperwork is completed, you will meet with one of our therapists for a comprehensive evaluation. If time permits you will then receive one on one physical therapy treatment for your condition and be provided with a home exercise program. Please allow 1 to 1 ½ hours for the first visit. Subsequent visits are generally 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours (depending on your condition).
What should I bring with me on my first day?
At your first visit, you will be asked to provide a copy of your insurance information and your doctor’s prescription (if required). Reports from any diagnostic tests you may have received (X-ray, MRI, EMG, CT scan, etc.) should be brought along with you or forwarded ahead of time.
What should I wear?
Proper attire is essential to receive optimum treatment. The clothing you wear or bring should be suitable for exercise and allow access to the body area being treated. Skirts, dresses or tight fitting pants are not advised and will hamper our ability to evaluate and treat you thoroughly.
What will physical therapy treatment be like?
Because no two people and no two conditions are the same, we cannot say exactly what your treatment will consist of until you are evaluated. Generally, visits comprise of a combination of one on one physical therapy, including manual or hands-on treatment, therapeutic exercise and modality such as moist heat, ice or electrical stimulation.
How long will each visit take?
Initial visits tend to run between 1 and 1 ½ hours. Follow-up visits tend to be between 45 minutes and 1 ½ hours. However, these are general time frames, and your visits may run a little longer or shorter depending on your treatment plan.
How many treatments will I need?
This is a difficult question to answer. It varies greatly with diagnosis, the severity of your condition, medical history, general health, and adherence to your home exercise program.
What will my insurance cover and how much do I have to pay?
There are a variety of physical therapy insurance coverage plans and policies on the market today. What is or is not covered varies considerably depending upon the insurance coverage you have. There is no standard for co-pays, deductibles, or the number of visits allowed. It is advisable to call your insurance company with any questions you may have regarding your physical therapy coverage. If you require further assistance, please call our office, and our staff will happily assist you to verify your coverage and navigate the insurance system. We certainly understand how difficult and confusing dealing with insurance companies can be, and it is our goal to make this process as easy on you as possible. See a list of our commonly accepted insurances.