What is a physical therapist?
Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat medical problems and health-related conditions limiting your ability to move and function in your daily life. Simply put, physical therapy brings motion to life!
Is it going to hurt?
This is a common question. In nearly all cases the answer at PRC is no. Physical therapy doesnâ€™t hurt. Historically, people experienced excruciating pain during rehab after procedures like ACL surgery. Since then, however, we have greatly improved protocols for pain management, rehab programs, and treatment techniques. While it is true that some parts of treatment can be uncomfortable for a short time, the immediate improvement in function is worth it to most patients. In our clinic, you decide how far we go. We are here to help you reach YOUR goals.
Ice has been a common treatment in PT clinics for decades. While it provides temporary numbing, ice also affects the circulatory system as deep as one centimeter below the surface before any tissue damage takes place (in contrast to heat, which penetrates less than Â¼ centimeter prior to tissue damage). The combination of ice and electrical stimulation are used to improve comfort after therapy and theoretically speed recovery.
How long will my visit take?
All visits generally take about one hour.
What should I wear?
Depending on the injury and type of therapy we will work on, we usually recommend loose-fitting clothes you can move around in. We do have a dressing room available for patients who need to bring clothes to change into. For knee injuries, we prefer you bring or wear shorts. For should injuries, a loose-fitting t-shirt works well. The main guideline is wearing something you are comfortable in!
Will my insurance pay for PT?
Nearly every health plan has a physical therapy benefit. In some cases, the dollar amount or the number of visits per year may be limited. Our pre-authorization department can help you determine what your insurance will allow. Feel free to contact us prior to your visit if you are anxious to know what benefits you qualify for.
What kind of training does my therapist have?
All of our physical therapists have a doctor of physical therapy degree. They are not medical doctors, however, they do have the ability to diagnose certain conditions. Each has a 4 year degree, obtained prior to physical therapy school. They then attended a 3 year doctoral program in physical therapy. Despite these book smarts, you will find that first and foremost, our therapists love people and watching them reach their goals.