Frequently Asked Questions
How to prepare for your first visit
- Please show up 10 minutes early to your first appointment, as you will be asked to fill out paperwork including a medical history, history of current problems, and questionnaires pertaining to the specific region being examined.
- Please bring any documentation required by your insurance or health care provider. This includes an insurance card, a referral (if required), or information specific to your case including Workers’ Compensation claim number, attorney lien information, or other insurances involved in your care.
- Be prepared to discuss with your therapist how your symptoms have been affecting your daily life, what your goals are, and any interventions you have tried before to address this problem, including other medical visits, medications, surgery etc.
- Wear loose fitting clothing that is comfortable to exercise in and can easily expose the region of the body being examined. For example, if you have knee or hip problems consider wearing shorts, while if you have shoulder problems consider wearing a tank top or loose fitting t-shirt
What to expect during your first visit
- Your therapist will first discuss with you your medical history, the history of your current symptoms, and therapy goals
- During your initial examination your therapist will perform a variety of tests including palpation, assessing range of motion, strength testing, neurologic screening, and postural assessment. These tests usually involve moving between laying down, sitting, standing, and walking.
- After completing your initial evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to develop an individualized plan of care to address your specific needs.
How often will I have to go to physical therapy?
- Typically patients are seen 1-2 times/week for therapy treatment and visits typically last between 30 minutes to 1 hour. The duration of physical therapy care varies from person to person depending on their needs. Some conditions may require only 2 weeks of treatment while others may require up to 6 months or longer. You will discuss this with your therapist to develop the plan of care that is right for you.
Why see a physical therapist at Optimal Sports PT?
- The physical therapists at Optimal Sports Physical Therapy are highly trained Doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Each of our therapists is dedicated to advancing the field of physical therapy and hold advanced certifications so that they can provide a higher level of care to their patients.
What makes Optimal Sports PT different than other physical therapy clinics?
- Several other clinics claim to be “patient centered” yet offer a one size fits all treatment plan for their patients. We want you have reliable consistent care and will match you with a therapist who is right for you to guide you through your rehabilitation process. We believe in the importance of establishing meaningful relationships with our patients and will never “pass you around” between therapists. We offer flexible scheduling so that you can receive the care that best fits your needs and lifestyle. No one likes spending their time in the PT clinic, and here at Optimal Sports our goal is to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possibly while giving you the tools to prevent future injury.
Do I need a referral?
- Optimal Sports Physical Therapy is a direct access physical therapy clinic which means you do not need a referral to come visit us. However, depending on your insurance provider a medical referral may be required for reimbursement. We advise contacting your insurance company prior to attending physical therapy to make the process as smooth as possible. Please contact us by phone or email for regarding insurance questions you may have.
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