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What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is the treatment of a disease or condition by physical or mechanical means, such as through therapeutic exercise, heat, manual techniques, or modalities (Ultrasound, E-stim, Traction, Laser, etc...). A physical therapist provides these treatments and will also provide education, instruction, and support for recovery. The purpose of physical therapy is to decrease pain and allow you to gradually return to your normal activities. Physical therapy can reduce pain in the soft tissues (such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve function, and build muscle strength. A physical therapist will design a program specific to your normal level of activity, physical fitness, and severity of pain.

Do I need to see a physician before coming to you?
You are not required to obtain a referral for a physical therapist to perform a physical therapy evaluation. However, current regulations in the State of Louisiana require a physician's referral before physical therapy treatments can begin.

How long are the appointments?
The first visit (Initial Evaluation) takes about an hour and may start treatments after. Follow-up visits take between 45 minutes to more than hour depending on your tailored treatment.

What are the business hours?
The hours of operation are:
  • Monday 8am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 8am - 7pm
  • Wednesday 8am - 5pm
  • Thursday 8am - 7pm
  • Friday 8am - 5pm

Will my insurance pay for the therapy treatment?
We accept most major insurance policies and we verify insurance coverage prior to initial evaluation. With this we are able to explain the cost and visit limits set by the insurance company.

What information do I need to bring on the first visit?
  1. You can download and fill out the intake forms or you can fill it out at the clinic
  2. Insurance cards
  3. Identification cards
  4. Any medical information (X-ray, MRI, etc.) related to the condition you are coming in for

What should I wear for my visits?
Something comfortable and loose as you will be asked to move your limbs and do some positional changes.

How often should I receive the treatment?
Depending on the evaluation result, your therapist will let you know how often you need to be seen in a week to hasten up the rehabilitation process.

What is a Physical Therapist?
A Physical Therapist (PT, MPT, or DPT) provides services aimed at preventing the onset and/or slowing progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease, and other causes. A Physical Therapist provides services to people of all ages who have functional conditions from back to neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritus, burns, amputations, stroke, as well as work and sports injuries.

What are Physical Therapist Assistants?
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), are skilled health care providers whose specific role is to assist the physical therapist in providing physical therapy. They are graduates of an accredited physical therapist assistant associate degree program and are required to obtain a license to practice in the state of Louisiana. PTA's, under the supervision of licensed physical therapists, perform physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated by the supervising physical therapist.

Why is physical therapy a good choice?
More than half of all Americans are suffering from some type of pain and having difficulty performing an activity or a specific movement. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, it is a non invasive treatment utilizing different techniques, exercises, and modalities to alleviate condition.

Is physical therapy painful?
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance. In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

What happens if my problem or pain returns?
Flare ups are not uncommon. If you have a flare up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine.

How does the billing process work?
Billing for physical therapy services is similar to what happens at your doctor's office. When you are seen for treatment, the following occurs: 1. The physical therapist bills your insurance company, Workers' Comp, or charges you based on Common Procedure Terminology (CPT) codes. 2. Those codes are transferred to a billing form that is either mailed or electronically communicated to the payer. 3. The payer processes this information and makes payments according to an agreed upon fee schedule. 4. An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is generated and sent to the patient and the physical therapy clinic with a check for payment and a balance due by the patient. 5. The patient is expected to make the payment on the balance if any. It is important to understand that there are many small steps (beyond the outline provided above) within the process. Exceptions are common to the above example as well. At any time along the way, information may be missing, miscommunicated, or misunderstood. This can delay the payment process. While it is common for the payment process to be completed in 60 days or less, it is not uncommon for the physical therapy clinic to receive payment as long as six months after the treatment date.

What will I have to do after physical therapy?
Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Some may choose to continue with a gym exercise program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.

What is your privacy policy?
Our privacy policy can be read here: Statement of Privacy Notice

Why are people referred to physical therapy?
You and others may be referred to Physical Therapy because of pain, movement dusfunction associated with pain, or any condition that may make it difficult to perform a task or activities of daily living.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

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