Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect physical therapy to do for me?
As a new patient, whether that’s to physical therapy in general or just to our practice, you can expect your first visit to include an in-depth discussion of your health history as it relates to your complaint. Your PT may go through several different types of tests and/or ask you to demonstrate several physical maneuvers to help them see what is happening with your body. Your PT will also discuss with you your treatment goals and a timeline for getting back to where you want to be. You’ll begin your treatment in that first visit, which may include a variety of different kinds of manual therapies and an introduction to exercises or home practices to help you start to work towards your goals.
Long term, our goal is a simple one: get you back to doing what you love – whatever that is -with ease and without pain! Each course of treatment is as unique as the patient we are creating it for, but rest assured our primary focus is getting you on the path to healing and providing you with the tools you need to keep at it long after your care with us has ended.
I’m already in pain and am afraid physical therapy will make things worse. Will PT hurt?
Our therapists work with each patient and communicate openly so that the speed of the rehabilitation process goes at a pace that is comfortable for them. We don’t buy into the notion of “no pain, no gain!” Intervals of mild discomfort are not unreasonable depending on the individual and we expect and strive for patients to experience less discomfort over the course of their time with us. Our therapists have a lot of tools in their tool bags, so to speak, so even if you’re coming in with high levels of pain, we can implement a plan to get you leaving our clinic feeling better than when you walked in.
Do I need a referral to see a physical therapist?
Not necessarily. Depending on the terms of your insurance plan, your insurance may require you to have a referral from a physician. This varies greatly amongst commercial insurances. Medicare and Medicaid patients do require referrals from their doctor – but this doesn’t have to be a barrier to care! If you have questions or need help regarding referrals, give us a call and we’d be happy to assist!
Speaking of insurance, do you take mine?
VT PT accepts and participates with the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
United Health Care
We Also Accept:
Medicare (and all Medicare secondary plans)
All VA-related healthplans