What should I bring to my first visit?
- Make sure you arrive with your paperwork completed (You may download the paperwork on the Forms link), or arrive 15 minutes early to do paperwork.
- Bring your Physical Therapy referral/presecription (given to you by your doctor).
- Bring your insurance cards (we will make a copy for payment). If you are covered by Workers Compensation bring your claim number and your case manager's contact information.
- Bring a form of picture identification.
- Bring clothes to change into if needed.
What happens at my first visit?
You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the physical therapist. The therapist will discuss the following with you:
- Your current problem or complaint.
- Your medical history.
- Your pain level and what makes the pain better or worse.
- How your current problem affects your daily activities.
- Your goals for coming to physical therapy.
- Medications and or tests related to your current health.
The physical therapist will perfom an objective evalutation which may include the following:
- Range of motion
- Muscle strength testing
- Posture assessment
- Neurological screening
- Special related tests
- Functional scales
How should I dress?
You should wear loose fitting clothes or clothing that will allow you to expose the area being treated. Shorts work well for knees and lower leg problems, and a tank top works well for shoulder upper back or neck problems. For low back problems a loose fitting shirt and pants such as sweat pants work well.
How long will each treatment last?
Your first visit will consist of the initial evaluation and usually last between 45-60 minutes. Your following visits are usually between 30-45 minutes.
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits depends on each individual’s diagnosis, previous medical history and severity of problems. You may need only a few visits or you may need several months. You will be re-evaluated for progress and updates to your treatment plan approximately every two weeks. This progress note is then shared with your physician.
Who pays for Physical Therapy?
If you are covered by insurance, you can call and verify your insurance benefits. Our staff will check your outpatient insurance benefits as a courtesy to you. Most insurances will cover all or a portion of your treatment.
Where can I go for Physical Therapy?
It is your choice to choose where you would like to go to Physical Therapy in most cases. Oaklawn Hospital is a provider for numerous insurance plans. You may check with your insurance company or give us a call and will be happy to assist you.
How do I select a Physical Therapy clinic?
- Call to see if they are a preferred provider for you insurance or if they would be willing to work with you if they are not a preferred provider.
- Select a site that is conveniently located as it is common to have 1-3 appointments each week.
- Check to see that their hours of operation meet with your schedule
- Ask if you may come in to tour the facility prior to your appointment
- Ask family and friends where they would go for physical therapy
- The staff should all be licensed in the State of Michigan
Do I need to see my Physician first?
According to the laws in the State of Michigan a Physical Therapist may evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for physical therapy but are not allowed to provide treatment without a referral from your physician. After your evaluation you may contact your physician for a referral if needed.
Who will see me?
Your first visit will be with a Physical Therapist. Your follow up visits may be with either your Physical Therapist or with a Physical Therapist Assistant who works in conjunction with your PT as part of your health care team.
Does my Physical Therapist/ Physical Therapist Assistant have a license?
Yes, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistant need to have a license in the State of Michigan to practice. You may find their licenses displayed in the lobby.