Do I have to see my doctor or get permission from my insurance company before I come to physical therapy?


  • A prescription from a doctor for physical therapy is always required.

  • A referral from your doctor may be required depending on your insurance

  • Some insurance companies require authorization however, our receptionist will request this on your behalf.



What Should I Expect?

Upon arrival at the All Care Physical Therapy, you will meet your licensed physical therapist who will work closely with you throughout your entire recovery process. You will be asked to fill out some basic paperwork (don’t forget to bring in your prescription for physical therapy and any written information — operative reports, X-ray and/or MRI results or any previous physical therapy evaluations or physical therapy progress reports— you have about your injury).


Most visits last 60 minutes.


The physical therapist will then ask you a series of questions about your past and present medical conditions, before performing a complete physical therapy evaluation of your muscles, joints, nerves, tendons, and ligaments including range of motion, strength and functional testing. Based on your physician’s diagnosis, our prognosis, and your personal goals, an individual physical therapy treatment plan will be devised. You will receive physical therapy treatment and home exercises on your first visit.


Future appointments will also be scheduled.

How often will I be expected to go to therapy?


Typically when patients receive a prescription from the doctor it is for three visits a week to attain maximum benefit. However, the frequency can differ depending on the patient’s need.



How long can I expect to be at physical therapy?


Average treatment time is approximately 1 hr. The time may change depending on which treatments are performed.



What will I be doing for therapy?


At your initial evaluation you and your therapist will discuss the best approach for treatment for your specific needs. Treatments may include: stretching, manual therapy, exercises, use of modalities or gait training.



Will the therapy actually make me better?


In most cases, physical therapy helps to reduce symptoms. The therapist will evaluate you and determine if your condition can be helped with physical therapy. Some chronic conditions cannot be healed through physical therapy, but symptoms can be reduced. Our goal is to relieve pain and strengthen the body.



What should I wear?


Comfortable attire that allows you to move easily.



Will my physical therapist communicate with my doctor?


Yes, your physical therapist will communicate directly with physicians whenever it is necessary to better serve your needs and to effectively coordinate your care. PTs will send notes to physicians prior to a patient’s follow-up visit and will keep the physician informed about the patient’s status.



What should I bring and wear to a therapy session? 


For your first appointment, bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and the prescription or referral from your physician (if needed). Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing such as sweats. Please arrive about 20 minutes before your appointment to complete the paperwork used by your therapist to customize your care. 



What is the education for a physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant?


All physical therapists now complete a three-year post-graduate program, earning a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. All clinicians are required to pass a state licensure exam and are also required to take continuing education classes annually in order to maintain licensure. 



Physical therapy assistants (PTAs) are healthcare professionals who aide the physical therapist in treating patients. All PTAs are graduates of a two-year Associate’s Degree program and are licensed in the state of Virginia. PT assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. 





When a physician refers you for treatment, most insurance companies will cover the cost of care. Please call us before your first visit and our staff will be happy to help.


Due to the ever-changing status of insurance landscape, please contact our office to check if we accept your insurance. We accept most insurances and Medicare and have affordable private pay options.


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