Do I need a doctor referral to see a registered physical therapist?
You may not need to be referred by a physician in order to make an appointment at Northway Physical Therapy PC. You can make an appointment independently if you have concerns about an ongoing or acute physical situation. But for billing purposes, most of insurance companies require the patient to have a prescription from a physician to receive physical therapy treatment.
Does my physical therapist communicate with my doctor?
Yes, if your physician or other health care professional has referred you to us, we will send progress reports to keep them updated with your progress. If your physical therapist has a medical concern regarding your care, they will discuss them with you and follow up with your doctor. At Northway Physical Therapy PC we pride ourselves on working closely with your team of health care professionals, including coaches and trainers, to ensure the best management of your needs.
How long will my first appointment be?
Your first physical therapy session will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and includes an initial assessment of your concerned areas followed by an initial treatment. Each of our clients receives a comprehensive evaluation and examination in a private one-on-one treatment room. When all concerns are recognized and evaluated, a diagnosis is made and our findings are discussed with each client before developing an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle.
What should I wear to my appointment?
It is best to wear comfortable, breathable clothing to your appointment. Shorts and a t-shirt are best if you are undergoing exercise therapy in the gym, as well as a pair of runners. If you are to be assessed on your first visit, you may be asked to change into a gown so your therapists can do a full examination of the affected areas of your condition.