In NYS patients can access physical therapy services through a process known as “direct access”. Direct access allows patients to be seen for the initial evaluation and then to be treated for combined total of 30 days without a prescription from a physician or physician extender. At the end of the 30 day period, if further physical therapy services are necessary, a prescription from a physician/physician extender would be required. Although most insurance carriers will provide coverage for physical therapy services provided to a patient utilizing direct access, some may not as policies vary from carrier to carrier. It is the responsibility of the patient to verify their coverage prior to scheduling their first physical therapy appointment.
If your physician gives you a referral to physical therapy, or you feel physical therapy may help you with your symptoms, simply call OR email our office for an appointment. Our office staff will get all the necessary information from you and assist you with an appointment.
- Have ready your photo ID
- Have ready all your insurance cards and billing information.
- Have ready a list of all the medications you take including supplements and over the counter medication.
It is recommended that you wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Physical therapy should not be painful. However, it is normal to occasionally experience soreness after a session.
At the first visit, a comprehensive evaluation with an interview and examination will be performed that is tailored to your symptoms and / or diagnosis. This can include various manual techniques, exercises, movement analyses and general education to assist with self-management techniques, home modifications and energy conservation techniques.
Your treatment plan is dependent on what is found upon evaluation by the physical therapist as well as the direction of your physician/physician extender. Treatment plans can vary from 1x /week to 3x /week and usually last from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
After verifying your benefits, each session will be submitted to your health insurance company for review. Coverage of insurance is strictly dependent on your individualized plan. We do our best to provide you with this information in regard to your copay or coinsurance, prior to your initial evaluation, so you are aware of your out of pocket costs. We recommend always contacting your insurance carrier for any questions.