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PT News November 2018

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This time in PT News we recap what our clinics have been posting throughout November, 2018. Featuring published articles from PTandMe partnering clinics!

Seeing a physical therapist first with Direct Access

1. Seeing A Physical Therapist First, Through Direct Access, Improves Outcomes and Saves Money
Written by Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates with six physical therapy locations throughout Montgomery, Berks and Chester, PA Counties.

With direct access, getting the help you need has never been easier. Direct access is a law that allows you to seek care from your physical therapist without a physician referral. This means that as a patient, you can call us directly if you have an injury, pain, stiffness, or weakness that you want evaluated.  Read more

 

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2. Things You Should Know About Vertigo
Written by the Therapy Team at Momentum Physical Therapy with 12  physical therapy locations throughout Greater San Antonio.

While anti-nausea medication and rest can help, there are ways to treat vertigo without medication. Vertigo can be helped with physical therapy. BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), commonly described as having “loose crystals in the inner ear,” is the most common type of treated with physical therapy.  Read more

Questions to ask before surgery

3. Questions To Ask Before Choosing Surgery
Written by the Therapy Team at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation with 6, but soon to be 7, physical therapy locations throughout the Greater Grand Rapids Area.

Having surgery can be an intimidating process. Know what your surgical goals are. Are you looking to return to normal daily life functions or do you have plans to return to or start into high-level fitness/athletics? Read more

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Direct Access: Physical Therapy Without A Physician Referral

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Did you know that almost all states allow consumers to be treated by a qualified physical therapist without a referral from a physician? It is called direct access and most of our PT&Me partnering locations are able to provide direct access to physical therapy to your community.

EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Quality and consistency of care are the cornerstones of our partnered clinics. Everything the clinics do is directed towards developing and fostering these behaviors. Quality means doing things that work. Licensed physical therapists design programs of care that have been proven to be effective treatment interventions. You can expect individualized, hands-on care.

HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY

Your well being is our primary concern. Our direct access physical therapy clinics will always do what is best for you. After your initial physical therapy evaluation, your physical therapist will recommend the appropriate plan of care for you. They will not waste your time or money if physical therapy is not your best option for a full and quick recovery.

PHYSICIAN PARTNERS

Our partnered direct access physical therapy clinics have wonderful relationships with numerous physicians in and around your community. If you choose to receive physical therapy via direct access, your therapist will communicate appropriately with your physician at your discretion. If you are new to the area or you do not have a physician and need one, they will be happy to help facilitate a referral to a doctor for you.

* Not applicable to patients in federal or state funded programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare

For more information about direct access physical therapy and to see if your state participates, go here:

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This article was written by STAR Physical Therapy  – with over 65 locations throughout TN. For more information on STAR Physical Therapy, visit them online at www.STARpt.com 

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What is Direct Access to Physical Therapy?

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Tired of waiting to get into your physician for a new injury, nagging back pain, or are you just looking for safe ways to prevent an injury or live a healthier more active life. Your state may have jumped on board to make these personal goals achievable.

Essentially all 50 states and Washington DC have some form of direct access laws. In some states such as Pennsylvania & Tennessee, a patient may be treated only for a certain amount of time before contacting the patient’s physician. While in others (Arizona, Kentucky, etc…) there are no restrictions to access. To learn more about your state’s Direct Access laws click here http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Advocacy/State/Issues/Direct_Access/DirectAccessbyState.pdf or call your therapist directly.

Direct access laws can aide in your recovery by allowing a patient, to quickly gain access to a Physical (PT) professional who can guide you down the road of recovery. There is no need for just a free consult or examination… start getting treatment on day one! Many may not realize your previous therapist may have completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. These advancements in educational requirements have helped provide clinicians that are capable of thoroughly evaluating, examining, and treating a wide range of injuries and disabilities.

Similar to chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and other medical services; your insurance may vary in its coverage available. Despite the law, some insurance companies may have additional restrictions such as the number of visits they may reimburse a year or per injury. Contact one of our clinics to help guide you through the insurance benefits process. Research has shown physical therapy is cost-effective and early intervention prevents more costly treatments later, can result in faster recovery and reduces costs associated with time off work.

The profession of physical therapy is constantly evolving and its scope of practice continues to grow to strive to offer the best standard of care for its patients. Physical therapists and healthcare professionals are doing research every day to discover better treatment methods available. Rehabilitation can cover a wide variety of conditions from fall prevention, sports injuries, pre and post-surgical patients, neck and back pain, shoulder pain, ankle sprains, headaches…. and the list goes on!

Why should you choose a PTandMe partnering clinic for your physical therapy needs? Find out here!

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