Frequently Asked Questions
How long is my appointment and what should I bring?
Please bring all paperwork (located under the patient forms tab) with you or come in early to fill it out 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment. You should also have a photo ID, insurance card (if applicable), and clothing that is comfortable to move or exercise in. The first appointment is about an hour, and each subsequent appointment is anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
Is physical therapy covered by insurance?
The short answer is yes, most insurances cover physical therapy. However, insurance policies are changing frequently and it is impossible to know for sure if you are covered until you call and ask what your benefits are. If you have insurance, we will bill it for you, but you should always check to see if your policy has any restrictions, co-pays, or co-insurance payments so there aren't any surprises. If you are not covered, we also have a cash pay option.
How often will I need to come to physical therapy and for how long?
Every patient is different, but on average, most people will be seen 2x/week for the first 2-4 weeks and then appointments will be tapered off, until they are independent and functioning at or near their prior level of function. This amounts to about 8-12 visits plus "booster" or "check-in" visits, as needed, for up to 12 months after initial evaluation.
How much does the movement and posture screening cost?
The appointment is designed to be a yearly health screen, similar to your annual exams at the doctor, dentist, or optometrist. It is currently not covered by insurance, as it is a preventative service. Payment options include: one screening for $100 or purchase a 10 time punch card to include "booster" or "check in" visits for $500 (expires after 12 months).
Can I come in for dry needling or taping without an evaluation?
If you have been treated before for the same condition and have been evaluated previously, then yes, you will not need a new evaluation. If you have never been evaluated, a physical therapist will need to evaluate the patient prior to any dry needling or taping procedure. Plan on about a 30-45 minute appointment.
Does dry needling hurt? What should I expect?
Most people find it quite tolerable. There is a mild pinprick during needle insertion followed by a muscle ache and/or twitch that is not usually painful. The procedure may include electrical stimulation which is mildly uncomfortable, but does not cause pain. After the procedure, there may be a 24-48 hour period of muscle ache/soreness that is comparable to doing a new workout in a gym.