FAQ Physical Therapy & Speech Therapy Questions
Physical therapy is considered a conservative method addressing the treatment, healing, and prevention of injuries and disabilities. Physical therapy focuses primarily, but not solely, on pain relief, promoting healing, restoring function and movement, and returning the patient to optimal physical health. A major part of physical therapy is educating the patient on how to manage their pain and teaching exercises to restore their abilities and management techniques to prevent exacerbation.
Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. The minimum educational requirement is a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited education program. While some programs offer a master's degree, a growing majority of programs offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Currently, 199 colleges and universities nationwide offer professional physical therapist education programs; 85.7% offer the DPT and the remaining programs are planning to convert. After graduation, candidates must pass a state-administered national exam. Other requirements for physical therapy practice vary from state to state according to physical therapy practice acts or state regulations governing physical therapy.
Your initial evaluation and treatment session will last approximately 60 minutes, depending on the extent of your problem. Each succeeding visit will last 30-45 minutes.
Loose, comfortable clothing is preferable. If you have a knee or ankle problem, shorts are appropriate. Tank tops and jog bras are helpful for our female patients with an upper body injury or ailment.
Yes and no. In the state of Utah, a referral is not required for treatment. However some insurance require a referral for insurance reimbursement. It is always best to check with your insurance carrier prior to beginning treatment. All Medicare patients require a referral from their Primary Care Doctor. All Worker Compensation patients require a referral from their Primary Care Doctor.
Your physical therapist will discuss an overall treatment plan that will include goals and anticipated outcomes. Response to therapy varies per individual. The number of therapy visits and weeks of treatment will depend on the diagnosis, your response to treatment, and your commitment to the treatment plan.
We do our best to limit the amount of pain you experience during your therapy session. Your therapist will help you manage your pain and determine when pain during treatment should be expected.
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