Do I have to have a prescription from my doctor to have physical therapy?
In the state of Texas a physical therapist may evaluate you and create a plan of care, but treatment may not begin until a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, chiropractor, or dentist signs that plan of care or sends us a prescription for physical therapy.
Can I go to any physical therapy clinic or only the one the doctor prescribes?
Ultimately you have the choice, and your prescription is good at any physical therapy clinic. We have developed very good relationships with local physicians, and proud to be the first choice in physical therapy for many of them.
What will the first visit consist of?
You will be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist. The therapist will discuss with you what treatment you may need, and how it will move you toward achieving your goals. Treatment may consist of a number of things including strengthening exercises, stretches, instruction in exercises to be performed at home, manual stretching or mobilization performed by the therapist, or various treatments to help reduce your pain.
Who will treat me?
A licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant will see you each visit and who will progress your treatment appropriately, and respond to any problems you may be experiencing.
How long is each session?
Each session is roughly one hour long, however your first visit may be closer to 90 minutes long to allow time for paperwork and the evaluation process. Your treatment will be progressed and you should expect that we will not keep you here longer than is reasonably needed. Your time is just as valuable as ours is, so we want to not keep you waiting long or doing unnecessary exercises that we have already instructed you to do at home.
How many times will I have to come to physical therapy?
The number of visits depends on a number of factors; the severity of your symptoms, how long you have had this problem, whether or not you had surgery, and if you have other medical conditions that may impact the speed at which you recover. Regular performance of your home exercises will certainly speed the process of recovery, and may help reduce the need for as many visits. We will work with your physician to determine how much therapy is necessary in your case, but ultimately you will have a say in the matter as well.
Will I have the same schedule each week?
We will work with you to find the most convenient times for your appointments, and you will need to schedule each visit, as we do not keep standing appointments indefinitely. However, we encourage you to schedule for a week or two at a time to be sure to get the times you may need.
How much does physical therapy cost?
Physical therapy costs are very much dependent on your insurance coverage. We will verify your financial responsibility with your insurance company on or before your first visit. We will certainly work with you to get you better as quickly as possible and will work to reduce your personal financial costs. If you have no insurance coverage we will keep your costs down by not expecting you to pay more than most insurances cover for our services. Please call us to find out the various ways we are willing to work with you to make therapy as affordable as possible.
Will PCA Physical Therapy submit claims to my insurance company?
Yes, we will gladly file the claims with your insurance company, and even to any secondary coverage you may have.
If X-Rays or MRI show I have degenerative changes, how is therapy going to fix that?
Physical therapy can help to reduce the pain, stiffness, weakness and loss of daily function that results from degenerative changes. While we can not completely reverse the formation of bone spurs, the wearing down of the cartilage in a joint, or the degeneration of discs in the spine, we can help to manage your condition by improving your postures and identifying ways to avoid stresses on the body that will continue to aggravate your condition. Your therapist will work to return you to your greatest level of function, and at times therapy can result in complete pain reduction.