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Doctor and Patient

Patient Education 
 

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians. Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.

While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, your physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.
 

How do I know if physical therapy will help me?

Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your current condition and even set up a free consultation if you choose.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Our scheduling is easy and we offer a convenient location and appointment times for you. We have morning and evening appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Call us today or simply fill out the schedule appointment form on this page.
 

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please have your insurance card available when you call. This will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.
 

To bring on your first visit:

  • Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card).

  • Print out the patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you. If you are unable to do so, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete the paperwork, so you can maximize your time in your evaluation.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your problem areas.
     

Will it hurt?

Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.
 

Does insurance cover my treatment?

Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, visit our insurance plan page and please do not hesitate to contact our office. We do offer different payment options for your convenience.
 

What if I don't have insurance?

For patients who do not have insurance, we offer a discounted fee, due at the time of service.
 

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card. We are happy to discuss payment plan options as well. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service. Your insurance benefits will be determined before your second visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.
 

What do I wear?

Dress comfortably with clothes that allow easy access for the therapist to examine your problem areas. For treatments, loose fitting clothes that are comfortable for gentle exercises and supportive sneakers are often good choices to wear.
 

How long will my therapy sessions last?

Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 45-60 minutes. The amount of time will be based on your specific needs, and your therapist will discuss this with you.
 

How many sessions will I have?

Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit and explained to you by your physical therapist.
 

What types of education/training do your therapists have?

Physical therapists have years of university level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology, and many of the other medical sciences. Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state licensed. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree. Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.
 

Do you offer programs for me once I'm better?

Yes, once you have completed your therapy sessions, your therapist will review your continuing home program.

 

Patient information

We are here to help you enjoy your life, pain-free! To request convenient appointment, simply call us today at 646-484-5763 or request an appointment online.

Our practice is dedicated to helping our patients identify the cause of their pain and creating a custom treatment program that will allow them to return to normal activities pain-free.

Before your first visit

  • Make a list of questions that you have to discuss on your first visit.

  • List signs and symptoms that can be of importance to the therapist.

  • Have in writing key past medical history, previous treatments, current medications, and other important information.

  • Please call our office to verify your insurance benefits.

  • Fill out the patient forms to the best of your ability before coming in.

  • Arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment.

  • Bring with you a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID.

What to expect on your first visit

  • You will register with our friendly front office staff. They will help you navigate the insurance process and treatment program so you can focus on your recovery.

  • You will meet with your physical therapist for the initial evaluation.

  • During the evaluation your therapist will ask questions about your medical history, current pain, or injury. Open communication helps us understand your problem.

  • Your movement, strength, coordination, and much more will be evaluated. Our purpose is to help you, so please ensure you communicate to your therapist if anything is hurting or bothering you during the examination.

  • Your therapist will recommend and prepare a course of treatments to ensure the quickest recovery and the best results. Your therapist will discuss the recommendations with you.

  • There will be some treatments performed the first day to get you started on your road to recovery. However, during the next visit you will get into the full swing of your treatment plan.

  • You will schedule your series of visits with the front desk. The amount of therapy needed will be discussed with you, depending on the recommendations of your therapist. We offer many convenient appointment times, however prime times can become busy, so it is best to book ahead as much as possible.

  • Your therapist will write up their findings and treatment plan to submit to your referring physician or other medical professional who you choose.

  • If you have any questions at anytime, please don’t hesitate to call. We want to ensure your satisfaction and full recovery.

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