Do I need a prescription/referral for physical therapy?
This depends on your insurance. Medicare requires a referral, but most Blue Cross / Blue Shield
plans do not. Our office will call for your benefits. If you pay privately, no PT referral is necessary.
How do I begin?
Call the office to schedule a PT evaluation. The office will take your insurance information and
verify your physical therapy benefits.
Can I get a massage?
If your physical therapy treatment plan indicates you need a massage for therapeutic purposes,
then yes, it will be part of your treatment.
What do I wear to physical therapy?
Depending on your scheduled treatment, you may want to wear gym clothes. At the evaluation,
loose clothing is the most appropriate.
What is electrical stimulation?
Using low level electricity to either soothe or stimulate muscles. Commonly used for pain control
or to reduce swelling.
What is ultrasound?
A modality frequently used for its deep heating effects. Sound waves penetrate to cause vibration
of the water between tissue cells. It is used for pain control and prior to joint stretching.
What is iontophoresis?
A modality used to topically "push" medication into muscles or tendons. Commonly used in tendonitis.
What is cold laser therapy?
Treatment using normal light and low level UV light to stimulate tissue healing. Most effective for
post-surgical patients and edema control.
What is hivamat electrical stimulation?
A new modality used widely in Europe for sports injuries for muscle relaxation, edema control,
and tissue healing. It is also effective for spasm and tonicity reduction in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
Give me an example of a patient and their treatment?
If a patient had a motor vehicle accident and the evaluation indicated moderate pain, neck and back
spasms, a herniated disc in the low back (per an MRI), with pain in the leg and the patient's inability
to sit for more than 10 minutes, then a treatment plan may include heat and electrical stimulation,
massage to address the spasms, craniosacral therapy for cervical myofascial pain and anxiety, and
patient education and exercise for centralization of the pain in the leg.
After the pain level has decreased to a mild level, the patient may be ready for a stretching and
strengthening program that they can continue on their own at home.
How long is the physical/therapy sessions?
We schedule our appointments on the hour, they are approximately 55 minutes long.
What is myofascial dysfunction/pain?
The term myofascia can be broken down into two parts - "myo," or muscle and "fascia," or covering
meaning muscle covering. With aging, trauma, disease, or most commonly, poor posture, healthy
myofascia will respond by becoming less distensible, solidified, or shortened. Myofascial pain is a
unique pain in which the source is often difficult for the individual to locate. The pain is often described
as deep, boring or dull, but can also be sharp and burning.
What are your hours of operation?
Our Tannersville office is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am - 6:30 pm, Tuesday from 9 am - 5 pm,
and Friday from 9 am - 1 pm (Closed on Friday June - August).
The Marshalls Creek office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am - 6 pm and Friday from 9 am - 5 pm.
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