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Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions From Your Philadelphia Chiropractor

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Do I need a referral from my physician to see a physical therapist?

That depends on your insurance. Some insurance providers require all patients to acquire a referral in order to see a physical therapist. Check with your insurance to see your restrictions.

What should I expect on my first physical therapy visit?

During your first physical therapy visit your chiropractor or physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation that will take between 45 to 60 minutes. In this evaluation, your PT will check on your medical history, assess your posture, do a neurological screening, as well as test and measure you and better understand your condition. Your physical therapist will then use that information to come up with a prognosis and create a plan for the appropriate treatment.

How long with my physical therapy visit last?

The first visit will last between 45 to 60 minutes. Your regular visits will last between 30 to 90 minutes depending on what type of therapy exercises you’ll need.

How does the physical therapist measure my progress?

Your physical therapist will perform regular exams on you checking in on your progress. Every 30 days your physical therapist will compare your progress to the previous month to determine how far you’ve come.

How can I schedule an appointment to see the physical therapist?

To schedule your appointment you’ll first need to check in with your insurance provider to see if you need a referral from your doctor. You can then go to http://www.oxfordrehab.com/ or call us at 215-725-2000 to schedule your appointment. You can also speak to our representatives and ask them any additional questions you may have.

What should I wear to my physical therapy appointment?

You should wear loose-fitting, comfortable attire in order to ensure maximum comfort throughout the appointment. Make sure to wear athletic shoes so that you can effectively do the physical therapy exercises. If you have hip, ankle, knee, or foot injury you should wear shorts. Females who have shoulder issues should wear a tank top or a loose fitting short sleeve shirt to ensure your physical therapist can reach the injury area.

What should I bring to my physical therapy appointment?

For your first visit, you’ll have to bring the necessary documents to fill out the paperwork. Items such as your driver’s license, insurance card, MRI, X-rays or any notes from your primary care physician. If you’re currently using a brace, crutches, or a splint you’ll need to bring that with you as well.