Physical Therapy FAQ
What training does my physical therapist have?
All physical therapists must graduate from an Accredited Physical Therapy Program at the University level. As a graduate, Physical therapists must pass a National State Board Licensure Examination and possess an active state license for the state which they will practice in. Therapists are required by the State Board of Professional Regulation to maintain and increase their level of education through continuing education courses each year.
What sets your clinic apart from other physical therapy clinics in the area?
Washington County Rehab Services includes 5 experienced physical therapists with a variety of specialized knowledge, including women's health, vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, and industrial rehabilitation. We have a full line of high tech equipment and private treatment rooms to allow us to customize treatment sessions according to the needs of each patient. We have a Balance Master, which is a high tech, objective way to measure balance deficits and train the balance and vestibular system. Our Frenzel goggles allow us to use technology to diagnose and treat vestibular conditions. Finally, all of our physical therapists are trained in to use the Graston technique, a successful method for effectively treating all soft tissue conditions.
Do physical therapist specialize in any certain part of the body?
All of our physical therapists are generalists. Our therapists are skilled in the treatment of patients of varied ages with a wide range of diagnoses.
What do physical therapists do?
Physical therapists are experts in restoring movement and function. After examining patients, therapists create comprehensive programs focused on total body care, injury prevention, as well as safe and timely returns to work, life, or sports. Depending on the needs of a particular patient, physical therapists provide manual therapy techniques, modalities, or perform a corrective exercise to restore normal movement patterns and function.
In addition to this hands-on care, physical therapists educate patients on preventing injury and performing home exercises.
Do I need to see my doctor first?
Although most people come to PT with a referral, Iowa is a direct access state which means the majority of health care insurance policies do not require a referral from a doctor or specialist for therapy services. Medicare/Medicaid and some private insurance plans do require a referral for physical therapy. It is best to contact your insurance carrier if you are unsure.
Will my insurance pay for physical therapy?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, workers' compensation, and private insurers, pay for physical therapy services that are medically necessary provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Your insurance carrier will be able to let you know how much, if any, your out-of-pocket cost should be.
How many visits does my insurance allow per year?
Physical therapy services are covered, in part or in full, by most health insurance plans. Some plans specify a limit on the number of physical therapy visits allowed per plan year. Other plans limit visits based on dollar amounts. Since the coverage varies greatly, it is recommended that you call your insurance provider to check on your coverage by asking the following questions:
1. Do I have physical therapy benefits?
2. What is my deductible and has it been met?
3. How many sessions of PT per year does my plan cover?
4. Do I need a physician referral for PT services?
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably for your physical therapy appointment. We will supply shorts or gowns during your treatment session if needed.
What should I expect on my first day?
Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation that typically consists of obtaining a past medical history and assessing your mobility and strength. They will provide education, discuss goals and formulate a plan of care to address your needs or impairments.
How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on your specific needs.
How long will I need to come? What will I do after physical therapy is over?
The length of physical therapy varies from person to person. The process also depends on the progress made towards your personal and physical therapy goals. After discharge, you may have the option to continue with your exercise program independently via our pool or gym membership.
What kind of treatments will I receive?
Physical Therapy treatments will be tailored to each person's needs and respectful of any existing medical conditions. Treatments may include instruction in exercise and/or manual therapy with specialized soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques.
Modalities that may be used to relieve pain and inflammation, and to re-educate muscles may include: Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, TENS, lontophoresis, Traction, Biofeedback, or taping.
Will physical therapy be painful?
Everyone deals with and experiences pain differently. A common goal of physical therapy is to return individuals to their prior level of function. As the physical therapist and patient work together to achieve goals, pain levels often fluctuate. COMMUNICATION with your physical therapist is important to minimize any discomfort that might occur along the way.
Rehabilitation Services Contact Information
Location: Hospital (South Entrance)
Monday-Friday 7:15 AM - 5 PM