We know that you probably have a lot of questions regarding physical therapy, and how we plan to help you recover from your injury. We want to make sure that all of your questions are answered prior to starting your treatment program. Hopefully the following list will answer most of the basics, but please do not hesitate to contact us or call 770.297.1700 for additional questions.
How do I get started?
At Gainesville Physical Therapy, we've made it very easy for you to get started. When you click on Make an Appointment, you will receive a complete checklist of all you'll need to get started right away. All of the contact information for both of our offices is located here, making it easy for you to get in touch with us. Typically, we can see you within 24 hours of your call, and that call is the first step in getting you back on the road to recovery.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Upon arrival at our office, you will meet your personal licensed physical therapist and physical therapy assistant, both of which you will work closely with throughout our entire recovery process. You will be asked to fill out some basic paperwork (don't forget to bring in your prescription for physical therapy and any written information - operative reports, x-ray and/or MRI results - you have about your injury). The physical therapist will then ask you a series of questions about your past and present medical conditions, before performing a comprehensive evaluation of your muscles, joints, nerves, tendons, and ligaments including range of motion, strength and functional testing. Based on your physician's diagnosis, our prognosis, and your personal goals, an individual treatment plan will be devised. You will receive treatment and home exercises on your first visit. Future appointments will also be scheduled.
What types of treatment do you perform?
We perform various types of services, and will customize a program combining the best treatments geared toward your particular injury. The types of treatments we do include soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, iontophoresis, phonophoresis, stretching, therapeutic exercises, and ice. The treatment program will vary based on your injury, and will be performed in a private treatment room as well as a gym setting using a variety of athletic and rehabilitation equipment.
How often will I need to attend physical therapy?
Most patients are treated two to three times per week. The total duration of physical therapy will depend on the severity of your injury. The more committed you are to your recovery (meaning you regularly attend your PT session), the more likely you are to recover faster. We try to set up permanent appointment times for you to help make scheduling consistent, and we offer early morning and evening appointments in order to enable you to fit PT into your busy schedule.
How long will each appointment take?
Each visit is approximately one hour in duration. During each visit you will receive manual treatment (deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation or other forms of specialized treatment for your injury) and specific exercises and stretches.
Is there anything I can do at home to help speed the recovery process along?
Absolutely. We will customize a home treatment program - comprised of advice on how to reduce your pain, exercises and stretches - for you so that you can continue your rehabilitation process in between physical therapy sessions. It is essential that you follow the instructions and perform the home exercises regularly to control your symptoms and speed up recovery.
Do you know my doctor?
We are always in close communication with your doctor through frequent progress letters and phone calls. We both share the same goal of helping you recover as quickly as possible, thus, work as a team to make sure that this happens.
How much will each visit cost me?
Gainesville Physical Therapy helps to minimize your out-of-pocket expense and ensure your health insurance covers as much of your physical therapy treatments as possible. We take care of health insurance verification and worker's compensation authorization at no additional cost to the patient. Your out-of-pocket expense will vary depending on our insurance policy. Prescribed physical therapy is typically covered - at least partially - by most insurance companies. Depending on your insurance policy, you may or may not have a deductible to be met and a co-payment for each visit. Most of our patients have between a $0-$20 co-pay per office visit.
What type of insurances do you accept?
We accept most Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) insurances, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and worker's compensation insurance. We do not accept leins. However, if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and require physical therapy, you may be eligible for coverage under your PPO or car insurance policy. Just because we are not listed in your insurance company's provider book does not mean we do not accept your insurance. Please call us to find out whether you are eligible for coverage, and if so, what your co-payment and/or deductible will be.
What makes you different from all of the other physical therapists in Gainesville?
There are a lot of reasons why you should choose Gainesville Physical Therapy. We only employ the best physical therapists and physical therapy assistants and treat each and every patient on an individual basis. Each patient gets personalized attention on every visit from a licensed physical therapist, and all patients are educated fully about their injury and their customized treatment program prior to starting it. Gainesville Physical Therapy is also affordable. Keeping costs low enables patients to focus on getting better, and alleviates concerns about how much the injury is costing them. Simply put, Gainesville Physical Therapy is the partner you need to ensure a complete recovery.
If you have any additional questions please contact us today!