FAQ

 

What can I expect from my first visit?

Please plan on coming 15 minutes before the start of your first appointment.  At your first visit, an evaluation of your active and passive range of motion will be performed to identify areas of movement restrictions.  Think of movement restrictions as “road blocks” to the natural healing process.  Once the greatest areas of restrictions are identified, the appropriate manual therapy intervention will be employed.  Remember, the treatment may not start at the most “painful” site as we are letting movement restrictions guide our treatment plan, not pain.  After movement has been restored, specific exercises will be given to address the problems, including stretching, strengthening, and postural re-education.

Can I download my paper work from the website and fill them out before I come in?

Yes, you can download the form from the New Patient section and fill them out before you come in.  Please remember to bring any reports that you have (x rays, MRI, etc) that may be important to your current condition as well as your referral from your physician.

What should I wear for treatment?

Since manual therapy involves the manipulation of the body, loose fitting clothes are the best choice.  All treatments are done with the patient fully clothed.

Do you use any modalities in your treatment, like ultrasound or electrical stimulation?

No, modalities are generally not used in treatment.  We feel the best long term results are achieved with hands on manual therapy to identify and treat areas of restriction and instructions in specific exercises to reinforce new movement patterns and restore function

What insurances do you accept and do you take credit cards?

Due to the increasingly restrictive nature of health insurance companies, as of April 1st, 2014, we will be limiting the number of insurance companies we will bill. Please contact the office at (360) 715-8686 for a complete and current list.  We do accept major credit cards, checks, and cash at the time of services.

 

How many visits will I need to come for?

For orthopedic injuries, we usually start to see positive changes after 4-5 visits.  How many total visits will depend upon many different factors, including how chronic the condition is, overall health of the individual, age, and how many areas of  restrictions are present. Pediatric client visits will be determined on a case by case basis.

Will I see the same therapist each visit?

Yes, all treatments will be done by the client’s primary therapist. Consistency with the same therapist provides our clients with the best opportunity to achieve their rehab goals in the shortest amount of time.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

The State of Washington allows Physical Therapists the ability to see a client without a referral from a doctor for services.  However, if we are billing your insurance company, many of them require a referral from your physician in order to attend physical therapy. Please call our office if you are not sure.

What type of conditions do you usually treat?

Since the body works as “one functional unit”, we treat conditions from head to toe.  Examples of commonly treated conditions include headaches, neck and back pain, sports related injuries, hip and knee pain, and foot/ankle pain.  The more movement restrictions that an individual has, the more areas of pain are usually present.

How long are treatment sessions?

A typical treatment session lasts about 35-40 minutes.  A pediatric session is usually 55-60 minutes in length.