Do I need a physician’s referral/prescription to attend physical therapy? No - In Pennsylvania (and most other states) you can make an appointment with a physical therapist directly, without a physician’s referral.
Who chooses my physical therapist? While your physician may give you a recommendation and your insurance plan may guide you with regard to who is “in network,” the decision as to whom you see for care is up to you.
What should I expect on my first visit? On your first visit, Nate will take time to get to know your medical history and discuss your personal challenges and goals. He will perform a thorough evaluation which may include specific assessments, tests, and/or taking measurements. Nate will then design and begin to immediately implement a program fully customized for you. Please note, it is a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early for your first visit to allow time for completing any necessary paperwork.
What types of treatments may I receive? The treatments you receive will depend on Nate’s evaluation and discussion with you. Most of Nate’s plans of care include manual therapy techniques, biomechanical and neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercise, electrical stimulation, kinesiology taping and functional training in sport, work, or home-related tasks.
How long will my visits last? Your first visit will last approximately 45-60 minutes. Follow-up appointments vary in length and are dependent upon the type of injury, complexity of the case, and level of rehabilitation. Usually, follow-up appointments last approximately 60 minutes, but are occasionally shorter or longer.
How is my progress measured? Nate will quantify and qualify your physical deficits during your first visit. At certain intervals and as required throughout your program, Nate will conduct complete reevaluations. He will then compare new measurements with your baseline measurements to demonstrate objective and subjective improvements.
Will I need follow-up or maintenance care? The answer depends on Nate’s evaluation and your diagnosis and prognosis. Most patients would benefit from continuing their program through some form of maintenance plan. Also, most patients would benefit from continuing to use the same therapist because no one else will have as much detailed and documented information about your therapy history and physical capability. Nate’s commitment to you is for a life-time of health regardless of the number of visits this requires.
Will TPT accept my insurance? TPT accepts most major insurance providers. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your specific insurance. We also have self-payment options available for those without insurance.
Physical Therapy FAQs