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When to See a Physical Therapist
In addition to post-surgical cases, orthopaedic therapists commonly and effectively treat conditions such as back or neck pain, muscle strains or overuse injuries of both the upper and lower extremities, knee and ankle sprains, foot pain, nerve pain such as sciatica and numerous other musculoskeletal problems that may cause pain, weakness, diminished range of motion and ultimately limited function in one’s daily life.
Access to Physical Therapy Services
The state of CA allows individuals to seek care directly from a Physical Therapist without doctor referral for a period of 45 days or 12 visits, whichever comes first. Some insurance companies continue to require MD referral to reimburse for Physical Therapy Services so you will need to check with your individual insurance company directly.
Please contact our offices if you need any assistance with this.
If you have a referral for Physical Therapy from a Physician, you may seek care from any Physical Therapist of your choosing regardless of the practice name on the referral.
Before your first visit
Helpful hints for getting the most from your initial evaluation at Hayashida Physical Therapy:
- Please arrive EARLY to your scheduled appointment time:
- 10 minutes – if you download, print and complete the Intake Forms prior to your first visit. This will allow sufficient time to complete your intake, collect and review insurance information. DOWNLOAD INTAKE FORMS HERE(2.6MB, requires Acrobat Reader)
- 20 minutes – if you choose to fill out Intake Forms and Financial Policy in the clinic prior to your visit. This allows time to complete the Intake Forms and collect insurance information to insure you have the full time with your therapist.
- Please bring your MD referral, insurance cards and pertinent test findings (x-rays, MRI, CT etc).
- Please wear clothing which will allow easy access or movement of the body part to be evaluated.
During your first visit, you can expect:
- An evaluation: a comprehensive review of your injury history, symptom behaviors, range of motion, strength, joint mobility, special tests, nerve mobility and functional testing.
- A treatment plan: a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and modalities to achieve the patient’s goals and get them back to an optimal level of function.
- Manual therapy: as indicated; for improving soft tissue, joint and neural mobility, facilitating muscle activation and decreasing pain.
- Therapeutic exercises: as indicated; for improving muscular performance and stability, soft tissue mobility, flexibility, range of motion, decreasing pain and improving overall efficiency and function. Specifically tailored for each patient and diagnosis.
- Modalities: as needed to help decrease pain; usually used at the end of the therapy session ie ice, heat or electrical stimulation.
Please contact your local Hayashida Physical Therapy clinic if you are unsure if physical therapy is appropriate for your particular injury.