Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
What is a physical therapist?
Physical therapists (PTs) provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injury or disease. They restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as lower back pain, arthritis, heart disease and fractures. Therapists examine patients’ medical histories and then test and measure patients’ strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration and motor function. They also determine patients’ ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after an injury or illness. Next, physical therapists develop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose and its anticipated outcome. Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physical therapists encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, endurance, and balance and coordination. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
What is a “board certified specialist” and what does it mean for the patient?
As per the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a board certified specialist:
- Achieves certification by demonstrating competence in specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency
- Achieves more effective clinical outcomes with their patients than do non-certified colleagues
- Manages patients who have simple to more complex conditions
- Possesses better diagnostic skills
- Is up-to-date with the latest tests, research and techniques available
How do I get started with physical therapy?
By New Jersey law, you can see a physical therapist without a prescription from your doctor. However, automobile accidents and workers’ compensation cases require a prescription. Please call our office if you have any questions about insurance coverage so we can assist you in getting timely care.
What should I wear to my appointment and how long should I plan on being at my appointment?
Comfortable clothing is key. If your appointment is during work hours, you can bring clothing with you and change at the facility. Please allow anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for most visits.
Will my insurance cover my physical therapy?
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation accepts virtually every insurance plan and participates with many of the major and minor insurance providers.
What if I have questions before, after or without an appointment?
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation believes in providing an unparalleled level of service that is both informative and courteous. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We welcome your questions, comments and concerns.