Q. What documents do I need to bring to my first appointment?
A. Bring copies of X-rays, MRIs, lab or test results, or any other medical information related to the condition you are being treated for. If your injury is the result of a motor vehicle accident, contact your attorney to obtain a “Letter of Protection.”
Don’t forget your photo ID, insurance cards, workers’ comp claims, or anything else needed for billing information.
Q. What should I wear during therapy sessions?
A. Since we’ll be stretching and exercising you, we recommend you wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothing (such as gym clothes) to all of your treatments, along with comfortable, closed-toe shoes (such as sneakers). You may also choose to bring these items with you to change into.
Q. Who will I see for treatment?
A. Our goal at Country Roads is to schedule all of your visits with the same physical therapist. In the event this isn’t possible, you will be seen by another equally qualified physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
Q. What is the difference between DPT, PT and PTA?
A. The highest levels of achievement are a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Master’s of Physical Therapy (MPT or PT). Both are educated in the core areas of the medical profession, receive vigorous clinical training, and conduct research. DPTs and PTs oversee Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA). PTAs obtain an Associate’s degree from an accredited program where they are trained to treat patients with a wide variety of conditions.
All three are board certified and licensed by the state.
Q. How long will I be in therapy?
A. Your therapy plan takes into account the amount of time your physician prescribed, as well as the progress you make during therapy. Some insurance plans cap the number of visits or a specific dollar amount. Speak to your insurance company to see if this applies to you.
Q. Will my physician be sent my physical therapy records?
A. Yes, we will contact your physician and send copies of your initial evaluation and personalized care plan, as well as re-evaluation, to your physician once you are discharged. Upon request, we can send a progress report to your physician during your therapy.
Q. How long will each appointment last?
A. Depending on your evaluation, expect to spend 45 minutes to one hour per session, two to three times per week.
Q. What happens when my therapy is over?
A. You will be discharged upon completion of your treatment plan. We will call within a week to check your status and send an anonymous survey we hope you will complete and send back.