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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Q. Do I need a prescription from a physician for physical therapy?

    A. Yes, the state of Michigan requires a physician's written and signed prescription for a physical therapist to administer treatment. However, a physical therapist can evaluate your condition without a prescription to determine if you may benefit from treatment.

Q. How much time will my first visit require?

    A. Please plan for the first visit to last approximately 60 - 90 minutes.

Q. What can I expect at my first visit?

    A. The physical therapist will complete an initial evaluation on your first visit. The initial evaluation will include a brief medical history, baseline measurements and a treatment plan. Furthermore, your rehab team will instruct you in your initial exercises.

Q. What should I wear?

    A. Please wear comfortable clothing. For patients with lower extremity injuries (foot, ankle, knee, hip and low back) wear shorts and bring your tennis shoes. For patients with upper extremity concerns (shoulder, neck), please plan to wear a t-shirt. We have plenty of changing rooms.

Q. Will my insurance pay for physical therapy?

    A. St. Mary Rehabilitation is proud to be a participating provider to most of the insurance plans in the Metro Detroit area. We encourage all patients to check with their particular insurance carrier directly. Our administrative staff will verify your physical therapy benefits following your initial visit to determine visit limitations, co-pays and status of deductibles.

Q. Should I bring my insurance card on my first visit?

    A. Yes, our administrative staff will make a copy of your insurance card. Ironically, many insurance companies need a copy of the card when we submit your bill. It is important that you notify the administrative staff if any changes occur with your insurance while you are receiving therapy.

Q. Will I be expected to make my co-payment at the time of each visit?

    A. Our administrative staff will verify your physical therapy benefits following your initial visit to determine your deductible and co-pay. We will share this information with you and ask you to settle your co-pay at least weekly.

Q. Will I be sore following treatment?

    A. You could very well experience some pain during and following your visit. Please follow the instructions your rehab team will share with you to decrease the pain (ice, elevation, unloading, etc). If you do not experience a decrease in pain or you are unsure of what to do, please contact us.

Q. Will my therapist communicate with my physician regarding my treatment?

    A. Yes, each time you return to your physician, we will complete a progress note reviewing your status as well as your treatment plan. It is critical that you let your therapist know, in advance, when your physician appointments are, so that this information is conveyed in a timely manner. In addition, your physician will be made aware of any complications or concerns you may have between physician visits.

Q. What health conditions are usually treated by physical therapy?

    A. Patients who turn to physical therapy are those who have been diagnosed with, but are not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neurological diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Physical Pains (joints, arms, legs, limbs, etc.)
  • Injury Treatment or Post-Surgery Rehabilitative Care

Q. What kind of education level or certification does a physical therapist have?

    A. Physical Therapists need to be licensed health care professionals. In achieving this status, physical therapists need to earn their degree in Physical Therapy and pass the state licensure exam. These are required before a Physical Therapist can officially practice their profession or provide treatment to a patient.

Q. How long will a session with a physical therapist last?

    A. This depends on your treatment requirements but the usual length of a session lasts at least an hour. However, if you require further treatment services to achieve your target health or mobility capabilities, the number of sessions per week can be adjusted.