Yes, sort of.  We prefer to have a prescription for Physical Therapy signed by a Medical doctor.  If you have a doctor that knows about your condition and has made a diagnosis, we can see you and treat you.  If you have not seen your doctor or your doctor does not know about your condition then we can evaluate your condition but would need to contact your doctor prior to starting a treatment plan.  Most insurance plans require a prescription for therapy as a condition for payment.

CPT is a participating provider for the PPO organizations of almost all insurance companies. We are contracted with over 4200 different insurance companies.   We are not covered for most HMO organizations.  Go to our list of insurance companies for a complete listing.

Short Answer: With insurance see the long answer below.  Cash rate is $105 per treatment of 45 minutes and an additional $30 for the evaluation (1st visit = $140).

Long Answer:  It varies.  Charges are based on a fee schedule called the Common Procedure and Treatment Code, or CPT system.  Each insurance contract has its own fee schedule and formula for handling the CPT codes that reflect the service rendered on any given day*. Our charges get processed according to the insurance contracts to determine the allowed charge that represents the reimbursement we will receive (insurance payment and your coinsurance or co-payment).  If we know your insurance we can be more specific about estimated charges as they become costs to you.

* we have over 350 different levels of reimbursement for the same treatment. Depending on the insurance company our reimbursement can vary from $46 to $118.

Our entire staff offer you a very personalized approach that has excellent value.  Our outcomes are documented as being better than average year after year.  Our prices are reasonable.  Our facility is calming and accessible.   We care about your experience here.

We want you to leave feeling better than when you came in.  Sometimes treatment does leave you sore for a few hours of even for a day afterwards.  Even then you should feel like you have more movement or that your movements are more free.

You should leave with greater knowledge of how to take care of yourself.  You  should have a home exercise program and a better idea of how that program fits into your recovery.

You should feel like the time spent in therapy was time well spent.

If any of these are not true on any given day, we want to hear about it.

We will do our best.  Most conditions can be resolved or greatly helped.  Even in situations where the known outcome is not desirable, some help can be offered.  If your situation requires medication or a surgical intervention we will suggest that to you.

Appointments range in length from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

If you need to cancel your appointment or change the time of your appointment we ask for 24 business hours notice.  If you cancel with less than 24 business hours or fail to come we may charge you a fee.  We hate doing that.  It just creates tension for everyone. But we are a business as well as a service and our bills pile up just like yours.

We also ask that you be timely. We do our best to stay on time.  Being late means there is increased tension for you and for the therapist.  A shortened visit means less gets done and it may cost you more by requiring an additional visit to accomplish what needs doing.  Sometimes the number of visits is limited. If you are more than 15 minutes late, the therapist may decide to reschedule the visit.  If that happens that may trigger a no show fee.

The current entry level to become a Physical Therapist is a 3 year post graduate DPT degree.  A Health Science undergraduate degree, experience in the field, and passion are also required.  See the APTA website for additional information.

Physical therapists can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life. If you are looking for a possible alternative to surgery and/or pain medication, consider a physical therapist.

Remember, you need to bring your insurance card with you to your first visit.

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There are hundreds of different insurance plans with different coverages. So a short answer is: We don’t know but we can find out! We will need your insurance card information to answer it.  Call us with your card in hand.

The elements of the answer include understanding whether you are eligible for coverage, whether you have a deductible, what kind of copay or co-insurance you have, and if you have a stop loss or benefit limit that affects your coinsurance responsibility.

Your eligibility: Do you have insurance? Sometimes insurance lapses without the covered person knowing it.  If someone else is paying the premium, it can and has happened. You  should call your insurance company and confirm your eligibility and benefit level.  Find out from the Customer Service Representative about each of the following categories below:

Your deductible: Do you have one and if so how much of that deductible is left to cover prior to your insurance kicking in? Deductibles are the amount you must pay out of pocket prior to the insurance coverage starting. Knowing which of your medical bills has been submitted and processed will help you understand the exact amount left to meet prior to the insurance paying its share.

Your Co-pay or Co-insurance: This is the portion that you must pay as part of your contract with the insurance company. A copay is a set amount paid at each visit.  A co-insurance is a portion of the bill. Co-insurance amounts are commonly referred to as a percentage, like 80/20 where the insurance pays 80% o the amount allowed and the patient pays 20%.

Your Stop-Loss: This is the point where your responsibility has been met and the insurance starts to pay the entire allowed amount.

Your Benefit Limit: If your contract limits you to a certain number of visits, or a certain level of total costs for Physical Therapy, or for general coverage, you might find your benefit exhausted prior to your recovery.  It is important to know that so your plan of care can take such limitations into account. Also, some insurance plans limit what kind of activities  will be covered.  You should find out if there are any limitations to coverage in your insurance plan. Note that small changes to levels of benefits occur without affecting the summary of your insurance plan. Each year you  should call your insurance and determine if any changes in benefit levels and limits has been made.

Your feet should be balanced.   The knees should be centered over the 4th toes. The pelvis should be vertical.  The hip bone should be over the pubic bone and they should be in line with the shoulder-hip joint line.  The lumbar spine or low back should have a slight inward curve.  The rib cage‘s lower edge should not stick out but the middle of the chest should lift forward.  The shoulder blades should lie down and in on the back.  The neck should be long in the back and the chin should be tucked in slightly with the eyes horizontal.  The mouth should be closed but the closure should come from the tongue resting on the roof of the mouth and not from the muscles involved in chewing.  This is called “a neutral spine.”

Sitting has 3 functional positions, reclining, upright, or intensive work positions.  In each, a neutral spine should be maintained by the chair.  Your pelvis should be in the same plane as the shoulder and hips. That is your pelvis should be neutral with respect to your spine in any of these three sitting postures. Your low back should have the curve supported such that your neck is allowed to sit above your pelvis as if you were standing.  With your arms relaxed at your sides, the arms should hang roughly even with where your legs join your torso.  From there, your arms bend at the elbow to facilitate function.

Good posture should not be rigid or forced.  Unfamiliar perhaps, but not so much so that you feel you can’t move.  For more details see the handout, “The 6 Determinants of Human Locomotion.”

No, but the more you are not in neutral the more important it is that you frequently return to neutral to rest your body and remind it of where center is.  It should be easy to return to neutral spine or good posture.  If it is not, then the chances are you have a mechanical problem that should be treated.

A good chair adapts to you and supports you in good posture.   If you are using the chair for typing, other computer work, or for writing, it should not have arm rests that prevent the chair from being pulled in close to the table or keyboard. Your elbows should be bent so the forearms are parallel to the floor and your feet are flat.  Your legs should not feel any pressure of the edge of the seat pan.  You should be able to adjust the chair to your body and for your various types of uses.

You can learn more about making your chair work for you in our blog post: Adjusting Your Chair.