Physical therapy seeks to rehabilitate your body through movement and touch. Exercise is a crucial element in physical therapy and can be used to restore your range of motion and basic functions like standing, walking and grasping. Manual therapy is another mainstay of physical therapy, since tension, swelling and poor circulation can inhibit healing.
Anyone who has pain or dysfunction. Physical therapy can be helpful for accident victims, injured workers, sufferers of debilitating conditions such as neurological disorders, joint issues, lower back pain, head injuries, and heart disease. Athletic injuries, surgical patients and other conditions can also benefit from physical therapy.
The aim of therapy is to improve your ability to function in day-to-day life. In addition to the rehabilitation, therapy also seeks to prevent injuries and disabilities through education about fitness and health.
Physical therapy began as a recognized profession during World War I to meet the overwhelming need for rehabilitation of wounded military personnel. The Surgeon General's office formed the division of special hospitals and physical reconstruction programs. Today, physical therapy is generally considered a conventional (rather than alternative) form of medicine that strives to ensure that a person can engage in daily life as comfortably and independently as possible.
Most often, you begin physical therapy when your doctor refers you. You, as a patient, have the right to choose wherever you want to go. Your doctor will probably supply a list for you to choose from.
Not all insurance companies require that you have a referral or a prescription. However, in order for us to find out if you qualify, ASPT needs to call your insurance company to verify your benefits. YOU should also call on your insurance company to verify the information.
We are proud to offer a variety of physical therapy services to meet your specific needs and the staff is very skilled and well trained in a variety of specialties to get you back to normal. Patients include “weekend warriors," athletes, surgery patients, and other conditions. Our patients also include accident victims and sufferers of debilitating conditions such as strokes, lower back pain, head injuries, heart disease and other conditions.
Your first few visits take a little longer to make sure ASPT completes a thorough assessment of your needs and identify the best treatment plan for you. So, set aside about an hour for your first appointment.
Wear something comfortable and easily accessible to the area we are treating you for. For example, if we are treating you for a knee injury, wear shorts. For a shoulder injury, wear a tank top.
This depends on your condition. Your physical therapist will give you a detailed plan for your treatment once your assessment has been completed.
Filling out your paperwork before you arrive is very helpful and ensures you are seen by our therapists in a timely fashion. It is very easy to download the forms for your convenience at the Appointments section of this website. You need to fill out the following forms and bring them with you.
- Patient History
- Patient Consent
- Patient Information
- Office Policies
We accept most types of insurance. Call our office to verify if we take your insurance. Prior to your first evaluation and as a courtesy to you, we will call your insurance company to verify your benefits so we can let you know your specific benefits, deductible or co-payments. You are required to provide us with a valid insurance card and to pay for any co-payments, deductible and co-insurance due at the time of service.
For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard, and personal checks. We also take cash payments. Payment is due at the time of service. Cash payments receive a 15 percent discount at the time of service. If you having financial difficulties, a payment plan may be available. Contact our office manager for details.
This depends on your individual treatment plan. A list of services and prices are available from our business manager.
This depends on your insurance. Check with your insurance company to verify your co-payments. As a courtesy to you, our office will also verify your insurance coverage and co-payment.
Our Lakeland office has a massage practitioner available for you with variable hours for your convenience. Please call the Lakeland office at 253-939-7179 to schedule an appointment and to check if your insurance covers massage services.
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