While people require physical therapy services for a variety of treatments, including chronic pain, vertigo, or limited mobility, they may have some of the same questions. To help shed some light on what to expect with physical therapy, here are the answers to some of the common questions we hear.
1. In Sacramento, do I need a referral to see a physical therapist?
In the state of California, you do not need a referral to see a physical therapist. However, as the American Physical Therapy Association suggests, we encourage you to ask your insurance company if they cover ‘direct access’ to a physical therapist. A referral may be needed from your physician for insurance coverage. This is especially true if your insurance company is out of state or has any gray areas in the bylaws. If treatment is needed beyond the 12 visits that come with direct access, or after 45 days, you must see your physician.
2. Why isn’t rest the best solution to help me recover?
If you’ve been injured and have yet to recover, the idea of exercising and moving may make you nervous. The truth is you may just prefer to lay in bed until you recover. But, long periods of rest with limited movement may actually be causing damage. According to WebPT, too much bed rest can result in muscle stiffness and lack of flexibility. In fact, the American College of Physicians Clinical (ACP) and the American Pain Society (APS) advise patients with low back pain to remain active.
When you attend physical therapy, be certain to keep your physical therapist, physical therapy aide, and physical therapist assistant informed if you’re experiencing pain. By letting them know if you’re in pain during an exercise, they can monitor your pain and intervene as needed. It’s also important to note, as stated above, that long periods of bed rest can have a negative effect on one’s mood as it is depressing to no longer be able to participate in the activities you love.
3. Isn’t physical therapy just for treating injuries?
While some people believe physical therapy is only suitable for serious injuries, it’s simply not true. There is a wide range of physical therapy services that treat multiple conditions. This includes fall prevention methods, correction of balance problems, arthritis treatment, plantar fasciitis, and more.
4. What should I wear to physical therapy?
When you first attend your physical therapy session, bring your physician’s referral and insurance card. During treatment, wear comfortable loose or stretch fitting clothes. You will be moving so avoid wearing anything tight. Make sure your shoes offer proper support. For more insight on to what to expect on your first day of physical therapy, check out our blog post.
5. What makes a good physical therapist?
Your physical therapist should be highly knowledgeable. At Performance Physical Therapy, our Physical Therapists average more than 15 years of hands-on experience. In addition, they are all encouraged and offered unlimited continuing education benefits to help keep us at the forefront of the most recent advancements in rehabilitation. Recently, some of our physical therapists attended Level 1 and Level 2 Myofascial Courses presented by the Bay Area Sports Performance & Rehabilitation.
Other key traits of a great physical therapist include being compassionate as well as patient and supportive. We are thankful each member of our team demonstrates these traits each and every day. Your physical therapist should educate you during your rehabilitation. In addition, they should listen to you, monitor your results closely, and be easy to communicate with.
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