Your first physical therapy session will include an initial evaluation that includes an subjective assessment to obtain information on the history of your injury. Next, a series of tests and measures will be completed to assess where your impairments are. You will then complete manual therapy, therapuetic exercise or neuromuscular re-education to help your joint or muscles to move better.
A physical therapy session lasts about 60 minutes depending on why the person is receiving therapy and what area of the body is being treated. As you continue to progress in your rehabilitation the length of each visit will change based on how your body responds.
The length of time physical therapy takes to work varies for everyone. The typical length is between 6-12 weeks, but this may be altered based on different factors such as how many times an individual is being seen per week and how compliant the patient is with their home exercise program.
The number of physical therapy sessions needed for someone is based on the injury. Surgical cases will take longer than someone with tenodinitis. This is same with with anyone who is looking to get back to 100% or just get well enough to function normally.
All you would need to bring to your physical therapy session is your insurance card information and if your clinic requires you to fill out a questionarre or intake forms prior to your first visit. You should have handy with you any imaging results or information from your referring MD.
You should wear athletic fitting clothing to your physical therapy session. This will help allow your physical therapist gain access to the area that needs treament. For example, if your coming to physical therapy due to an knee injury then shorts will be best.
Physical therapy is not meant to be painful, but in some cases to help someone feel better your body may need to move in psotions it has not in a long time and this will cause pain. Also hands on treatment may cause some pain if this has not been worked on before.
In most states, direct access is a way you can be seen for 30 days by a physical therapist before requiring to see your physician. After this you would need a doctor’s order to attend physical therapy. In other situations you could pay cash and see a physical therapist without a doctor’s order. This can occur if you want to see a specialist who does not accept your insurance.
MOTUS provides all services directly to their clients on a 1 on 1 basis for a full hour without the use of PT Aides tor PT Assistants. For this reason MOTUS does not accept insurance. As a benefit, we will provide detailed documentation that you may forward to your provider for potential reimbursement.
Physical therapy varies in cost based on location, and the skillset and qualifications of the physical therapist. You can expect to pay between $100-$300 for a physical therapy visit.
After your physical therapy visit you should keep moving and keep up with your specfic home exercise program. A proper plan should have been given to you to understand the do’s and dont’s of what you should be doing after and between physical therapy sessions.
To get the most our of physical therapy you need to be 100% invested in feeling better. This mean following the correct program prescribed by your physical therapist, eating right, get the best sleep and recovery and staying active.