FAQs – (Physical & Occupational Therapy Questions Most Often Asked)
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WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY? WHAT HAPPENS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Physical Therapy combines the science of healing with the art of caring. It is a hands-on approach to healthcare. Physical Therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it. While every patient’s pain is unique, the physical therapist may use various techniques to decrease your pain. As your pain decreases, the therapist will progress to stretching and strengthening exercises specific to your needs. The overall goal is to restore your mobility and function with improved joint protection to prevent an injury from reoccurring.
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY? WHAT HAPPENS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational therapy helps people participate in the things they want and need to do across their lifespan through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy includes comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.
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 would be right for you. Talk to your doctor or contact us to set up a free consultation.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST VISIT?
- A prescription for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA
- Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card)
- Patients seeking treatment following an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, should bring all relevant contact names, phone numbers and claim numbers.
DOES PHYSICAL THERAPY HURT?
As you restore mobility, your pain levels often fluctuate. This is a normal response to treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort.
DO YOU ACCEPT MY INSURANCE?
We accept all major insurance providers as well as Medicare and Medicare HMO Plans, Workers Compensation, Personal Injury Cases, and No-fault/PIP.
DOES INSURANCE COVER MY TREATMENT?
Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company to determine your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Debit Cards). We are happy to discuss payment plan options, as well.
WHAT TO WEAR TO PHYSICAL THERAPY.
Dress comfortably. Activewear, t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, sneakers, etc., are best.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST VISIT?
The physical therapist will:
- Complete your evaluation, which typically consists of getting a thorough past medical history and testing your functional movement, flexibility and strength; and
- Initiate treatment to help eliminate pain and establish a unique and specific plan of care.
Check out our blog post for more questions about your first physical therapy appointment.
HOW LONG ARE PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSIONS?
Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 30-45 minutes. The time will be based on your specific needs.
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.
WHAT TYPES OF EDUCATION/TRAINING DO YOUR THERAPISTS HAVE?
Physical therapists have graduated from an accredited post-baccalaureate program and passed their state board examination. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a master’s or doctorate level degree.
Dr. Igor Voloshin, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), is the founder and director of Vigor Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. He specializes in sports physical therapy, athletic training for injury prevention, and sports performance training for all ages and ability levels. His comprehensive physical therapy background includes a certification in Integrative Dry Needling, a non-specific neuro-physiological based therapy that treats soft tissue dysfunctions like inflammation, contracture, tissue adhesion, microcirculation, and edema to bring biomechanical balance to the musculoskeletal system. He has served on the staff of several world-renowned rehabilitation clinics including Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and the Visiting Nurse Association of New Jersey. As a former college athlete, he knows firsthand the power of physical therapy and sports medicine. An NCAA Division One Level swimmer, Dr. Voloshin went on to train and coach athletes at his alma mater Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York.
For more about the team at Vigor Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, check out our About Us page.