Do I need a prescription, script, or physician's referral?
A physician's referral for physical therapy is not required. You can call to make an appointment right now without visiting a physician. In Florida, you have 30 days of direct access to a physical therapist without needing to have your plan of care signed off on by a doctor.
What can I expect from the treatment session?
The initial visit will be a comprehensive evaluation involving a full body movement screen, specific assessment of your pain, and discussion about diet and lifestyle so that a full spectrum of treatment can be employed. Each visit includes manual therapy, corrective exercise, patient education, and home program to you have a plan of action between sessions and after your discharge from therapy.
What should I wear?
Please bring with you a pair of loose comfortable shorts. For females short sleeve or tank top is preferred for access to upper extremities, shoulder, or neck.
How is it possible to resolve pain faster and with fewer visits than with other physical therapy clinics?
Thompson Physical Therapy takes pride in the fact that the patient receives a full hour of 1 on 1 care with the therapist at each visit. This allows the therapist to reach the true cause of the problem through listening to the full history of the pain, assessing full body movement, and performing advanced manual evaluation techniques. It also allows for proper education of the mechanism of the pain being experienced. Knowledge is power and education goes a lot way in helping a person overcome their pain.
How long after an injury should I wait to get treated?
In general, the longer you wait to get treatment, the longer it will take to fix the injury. Moving tissues back into their pre-injury state becomes harder the longer they have been injured. There are also things that occur in the brain which make it more difficult to recover the longer you go without treatment. However, it does not matter how long it has been since your pain started. There is always change that can occur, and it is highly recommended that you get treatment as soon as possible.
How much is physical therapy going to cost?
Each visit is $125 for a full hour of 1 on 1 time with a doctor of physical therapy. The average patient is seen 1 time per week for 3 to 6 weeks. Sometimes more or less is required depending on your condition and personal history.
Why pay out-of-pocket when I can just use my insurance somewhere else?
With rising costs of healthcare, it is becoming more cost effective to pay a fee for service out-of-pocket than to use insurance. With insurance deductibles being in the $3,000 to $10,000 range you could be paying upward of $200 to $600 per visit until your deductible is reached depending on where you go. At which point, you may still have a $50 co-pay for each visit. Not to mention, you might only be receiving 15-30 minutes of 1 on 1 time with the therapist then be passed off to an aide for completion of exercise. If a typical plan of care is 2-3 visits per week for 6 weeks, then this could add up quick. At Thompson Physical Therapy, you receive individualized treatment by the therapist for the full time you are in the clinic. You receive advanced manual therapy techniques to reduce pain, specific corrective exercise and strengthening exercise to fit your needs, and education about your pain and your specific injury.