1. How can physical therapy help me?
Physical therapy helps patients who have injuries return to work, sports or a full active lifestyle by developing treatment programs for the problem areas. In addition, physical therapists can provide information about exercise and body mechanics to prevent a problem area from becoming reinjured.
2. What do I need to do to get started?
To begin your therapy, you will need to get a prescription from your physician. Once you have a prescription you can call us at (425) 670-9991 or visit the clinic to schedule an appointment.
3. What happens during my first visit?
When you come to OrthoSport Physical Therapy for your first appointment, it is good to arrive at least 20 minutes early to complete the paperwork needed to get you started. To save time,
you can complete some of our patient forms, which are available online, at home. It is also helpful to bring information about your medical history including diagnostic reports and a list of medications, to make your therapist aware of any existing or previous health concerns that
would be relevant to your therapy. Please also bring any relevant insurance information and a physician’s referral note. During the appointment, you will meet with a licensed physical or occupational therapist for your initial evaluation. He or she will get a history of your current problem and do an evaluation in order to devise a treatment plan specifically for you.
4. What is the best way to dress for therapy?
It is important to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. For lower extremity injures, it is good to bring a pair of shorts. For arm or hand injuries, a short sleeve shirt is preferred.
5. How long will each treatment last?
Your first treatment will last an hour, although it is always good to allow of extra time, especially if you have multiple diagnosis. Follow-up appointments will last an hour.
6. How many visits will I need?
The number of visits you will need depends of the type of injury and the past medical history. Typical prescriptions can be 12 visits over 30 days, but each case is different.
7. Who will see me?
You will see a licensed physical or occupational therapist at each appointment. As you progress, you may also see an athletic trainer or a massage therapist. Your care will always be directed by a physical therapist.
8. Does insurance cover physical therapy?
Most major insurance companies and worker’s compensation cover physical therapy visits, but it is important for the patient to check with the provider. As the insured, the patient is responsible to know
his or her benefits. If you are unsure, we can help you determine your estimated insurance benefits.
9. How do I choose a physical therapy clinic?
There is not a rating system for physical therapy clinics. In many cases, patients are referred to a specific clinic by a physician or a case manager. Regardless of referral, you have a choice about which clinic to choose and should be comfortable in your therapy environment.
10. How does the billing process work?
Our billing system is similar to your doctor’s office. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have a copay that is due on the date of service. After you have been seen by a therapist, we will send a bill to your insurance company for your treatment. The payer will pay our clinic what they are responsible for and you will be responsible for the difference. If you have any questions about your bill, please let us know right away.