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Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect on the first physical therapy visit?

The physical therapist will spend the majority of the visit evaluating your reason for starting physical therapy. They will talk to you about your diagnoses, take measurements for range of motion, strength and other objective tests, development a plan of care and explain what therapy interventions you will have at future visits.

How long are appointments?

Most appointment times are between 30-45 minutes of direct care with the therapist. You may have additional 15 minutes of a modality at the end of the appointment. Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to any appointment time.

How long do people usually participate in physical therapy?

This is dependent on the collaboration of the doctor, physical therapist and patient- on the first day, the therapist will recommend what is best based on their assessment and any specific restrictions. Therapy will continue as long as it is deemed medically necessary and as long as progress towards goals are being made.

What should I wear?

For your first visit and any gym/land-based appointments, you will want to wear comfortable clothes that you can exercise in or that can move easily. Please do not wear jeans, blazers or any heavy and stiff fabrics.

What do I need for the pool?

You will need to bring a swimsuit and a towel. You may also bring a pair of sandals to wear between the pool and changing area. You may also bring shampoo and/or soap, as we have a shower area to use after your appointments. If you do not have a suit or feel uncomfortable wearing a suit, you may bring shorts and a t-shirt instead (non-white in color).

Do I need a referral or a prescription for physical therapy?

Yes and no. The Sate of Michigan allows for direct access (to be seen without a referral). However, some insurance companies still require a referral. Please contact our office for specific information.

Will my insurance cover physical therapy?

Most insurances cover either all or some of the cost of physical therapy. Every individual policy is different, so please look this information up either with your policy information or contact your insurance company directly. There are major differences between plans with deductibles, copays, % payment, and Medicare. If your insurance company does not cover physical therapy, we also offer private pay options.

How many visits does my insurance company allow?

This is dependent on your individual policy. Some companies have a max number of visits per year or per diagnoses. Some insurance companies cover 6 visits and others cover 60. Medicare has a dollar cap amount that is given per calendar year.

What insurances do you accept?

  • Auto (AAA, Allstate, Auto Owners, Farmer's, Geico, Progressive, State Farm, and More!)
  • ASR - PhysiciansCare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare and Medicare Part D
  • Priority Health
  • Tri-Care
  • United HealthCare (UHC)
  • Worker's Comp

Who can provide physical therapy services?

Only physical therapists (PT) and physical therapy assistants (PTA) licensed by the State of Michigan can provide physical therapy. Chiropractors, medical doctors, massage therapists cannot unless they are licensed as physical therapists.