Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to schedule a physical therapy appointment?

You can see a physical therapist for prevention, wellness and fitness. You may see a physical therapist in the state of California for evaluation purposes without a referral or prescription.  However, for an injury or bodily dysfunction, you must have a medical diagnosis made before physical therapy treatment. Please contact your medical provider to get a physical therapy referral.

You should also check with your insurance company to see who they need you to get a referral from.  Your insurance company may accept prescriptions from a medical physician, chiropractor, or physician’s assistant.

What kind of insurance do you take?

I do not take any insurance directly.  You are responsible for paying the fees on the day of your visit.  You will be given a ‘superbill’ which will have all the information necessary for you to submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement.  You should contact your company to find out what they will cover for each visit.  Most companies seem to be reimbursing between 60-85% of the visit.

What will happen on the first visit?

During the initial evaluation, a thorough history will be taken and a complete evaluation will be performed, including Range of Motion, Flexibility, Assessment of Joint Mobility, Assessment of any tissue restrictions or pain with palpation.  We will then determine what your goals are and develop a plan that works for you.  At the end of the evaluation we hope to isolate the problem, determine the cause, and develop a treatment plan to reduce symptoms, correct any movement dysfunction and prepare a home program for you to do to continue progressing towards your goals.  

How many visits will I need to reach my goals?

Of course, each client presents with unique issues and that will determine your prognosis.  However, for most issues that are not post-surgical, you should expect to need between 4-6 visits.  We will know after 2-3 visits if the plan is working, and if it is not, we constantly make adjustments as needed for your goals and will always help you navigate the medical system and help you will referrals if you need to see other practitioners or need further testing. 

Is there parking?

There is on the street parking and a parking lot in the back of the building.

What do I wear for a physical therapy treatment?

Wear comfortable clothes to move around in while being evaluated or treated. If you are being treated for a below the waist injury, we prefer shorts or pants that can be moved up to the mid thigh region. If you are being treated for a shoulder or neck injury, we prefer a tank top or a sports bra. Runners should bring their running shoes. If you need an erg assessment, please wear a unisuit or spandex.

How long is the treatment?

Initial Evaluation is 90 minutes.  Each subsequent follow up visit is 45 minutes.

Do you have private treatment rooms?

I have one large room where you will be treated. Other clients may wait in the front of the room or outside.  Please inform me if you need a completely private treatment.  Care will be given for appropriate covering and privacy.

Do you have aides or assistants?

No.  Your visits will only be with me.  Occasionally i will have volunteers in the clinic who are gaining experience for applying to PT schools and observing sessions.  If this is not amenable to you, please let me know in advance.

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