What is a Physical Therapist
Physical Therapists are graduates of accredited Physical Therapy programs that are BSPT (Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy), MSPT (Master of Science in Physical Therapy) or DPT (doctor of Physical Therapy). They perform evaluations, formulate the plan of care for patients referred to Physical Therapy, initiate and carry out their treatments. When starting your therapy it is crucial to know if you are going to a registered facility and there are licensed personnel in the facility.
Do I need prescription from a Physician?
No. In New York, you do not require a prescription for a physical therapist to administer physical therapy. You can utilize “Direct Access” which allows 10 treatments or 30 days, whichever comes first to initiate therapy. If therapy is needed beyond this, then a prescription would be required. (Note: some insurance plans require a prescription for coverage, see direct access for more on this.)
Am I a candidate for Physical Therapy?
The following is a list of common reasons to come for physical therapy: pain, tightness and spasms, weakness, balance problems, difficulty walking, after joint surgeries, recovering from a serious injury, sprains and strains, neck and back pain, sports and accident related injuries, neurological disorders such as, stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, joint problems (shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot), disorders in children, peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage. If you have a condition and are unsure whether physical therapy can help, please do not hesitate to contact us at 585-742-8270.
How do I start my Physical Therapy?
You may contact us by phone, fax or email. We will verify insurance coverage, eligibility, co-pays, and deductibles after scheduling your initial visit/evaluation with the therapist.
What if I can’t afford my co-pays/deductible?
Co-pays and deductibles are due at time of service. We understand the rising cost of healthcare including physical therapy interventions. To assist you, payment arrangements can be made with the billing manager.
How can I maximize my visits?
At our facility, active participation is a must. Although we incorporate feel good modalities such as heat, we only use them as an adjunct to our treatments; therapeutic exercises and activities are carried out by you, the patient. Each exercise should be carried out in a proper manner. You will be given home exercises that are to be performed especially on non-therapy days. Your progress largely depends on your compliance and attendance.