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Physical Therapy: FAQ’s

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is a healthcare profession that focuses on improving an individual’s physical function, reducing pain, and preventing injury through the use of various exercises, manual therapy techniques, modalities, and alternative treatment tools.

Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy can benefit people of all ages and abilities who are experiencing pain, limited mobility, or difficulty with daily activities due to injury, illness, surgical interventions or chronic conditions.

What Can I Expect During My First Appointment?

Your first appointment will typically include a thorough evaluation of your medical history, current symptoms, physical function, and your goals. The therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan that may include exercises, manual therapy, stretching, and other modalities.

Do I Need a Referral From a Doctor to See a Physical Therapist?

In order for insurance to cover physical therapy services in the state of Arizona, a referral is required from your primary care physician or specialist.

Insurances may or may not cover specific physical therapy services, so it is always best to know your insurance plan and what it covers. Your coverage is a contract between you and the insurance company!

How Many Physical Therapy Sessions Will I Need?

The number of sessions you will need depends on the nature and severity of your condition, as well as your progress and response to treatment.

Your physical therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan and determine the number of visits that are necessary.

Is Physical Therapy Painful?

Physical therapy may cause some discomfort during or after treatment, but it should not be excessively painful.

Your physical therapist will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable and that the treatment is effective.

How Can I Prepare for My Physical Therapy Appointment?

It’s important to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and for women a sports bra that allows you to move freely.

You may also want to bring a list of your medications and any relevant medical records or X-rays to your first appointment.

Please bring all intake forms as well as a prepared list of questions that you would like answered.

Can I Continue My Normal Activities During Physical Therapy?

Yes, your physical therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that allows you to continue your normal daily activities while still addressing your specific needs.

Does Physical Therapy Require a Long-Term Commitment?

No, physical therapy is a short-term treatment option aimed at helping you recover from injury or illness, improve your physical function, and prevent future problems.

The length of treatment will depend on the specific conditions being treated.

Insurance Information:

Arete Rehab, PLLC is considered  ‘Out-of-Network’ with all insurance companies with the exception of Medicare. Therefore, even though payment is due at the time of service, a percentage of out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed to you directly from your insurance carrier.

Learn how Arete Rehab will help facilitate this reimbursement...

Arete Rehab will help facilitate this reimbursement by providing you with a ‘Super Bill’ that you can send in to your insurance company. Arete Rehab strongly suggests that you call your insurance carrier in advance to find out what your ‘out of network’ benefits are!

Medicare recipients need to understand their benefits, copays, and deductibles. While, Arete Rehab, will complete an eligibility check, it is always helpful to understand you Insurance benefits. Medicare will not cover certain services that are provided at Arete Rehab. Some of these services include but not limited to: Massage, Cranial Sacral treatments, and Dry Needling. An Advanced Beneficiary Notice will be signed by all Medicare clients  at the initial visit to recognize that these services are not covered by medicare.

All sessions at Arete Rehab are 60-90 minutes, and one-to-one for direct attention and focus on your problem. Our goals is to provide the best care to you for quick healing and sustained recovery!

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