What is the difference between a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Physical Therapist?

Doctors of Physical therapy are licensed health care professionals who have achieved the highest level of education to evaluate and treat patients with bone impairments. Our team of Doctors are licensed to examine, evaluate and treat all aspects of the movement system and diagnose those movement impairments that may cause joint dysfunction and pain.

Doctors of Physical Therapy examine various functions of the movement system such as range of motion, postural alignment, balance, and muscle strength in order to assess deficiencies that are causing the patient pain or are resulting in a decrease in movement and function.

What type of treatment will I receive during physical therapy?

All our patients will receive hands-on manual therapy from a Doctor of Physical Therapy such as therapeutic massage, joint mobilizations, manual traction, myofascial release, mobilization with movement (MWM), MEDEK, as well as many other advanced techniques. Kinesiotaping techniques and Mulligan Mobilization techniques may also be used to decrease pain and promote healing while performing home, work, and athletic activities.

Patients are prescribed specific therapeutic exercises that are tailored to meet their functional goals.

Other treatment may include the use of modalities such as moist heat, cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, TENS, and mechanical traction.

In addition to manual techniques and modalities, the patient will play an active role in his/her treatment. The patient will be instructed in a proper Home Exercise Program in order to maximize strength, flexibility, and function.

What is required to attend physical therapy?

In 2007, New York state passed a law introducing “Direct Access” to Physical Therapy. This means that patients may receive a Physical Therapy evaluation and 10 treatments (or up to 30 days of treatment) of physical therapy without a referral. All treatment under “Direct Access” is covered by insurance. Workers’ Compensation and No-Fault still require a referral from your physician.

What should I bring to my first visit?

Bring your insurance information and reports of any medical tests performed. Also bring in your filled out New Patient forms, which can be found here. If this is a Workers’ Comp or No-Fault case, you must bring your physician’s referral.

What should I wear?

Patients are most comfortable in loose fitting clothing and sneakers. We ask that we are able to examine the body part that is being treated. For example, if your knee is being examined, please bring a pair of shorts or sweat pants. Shoulder or neck examinations require a tank top or sports bra.

How long is each session?

Your initial visit will last approximately one hour. This hour is dedicated to the examination and treatment for your pain, as well as the instruction of your Home Exercise Program. Each subsequent visit may last up to two hours, depending on the patient’s functional status.

How often should I attend?

Prescribed programs are most effective when administered 2 to 3 times a week. Much will depend on the severity of the condition. Each patient’s plan of care is prescribed by the examining Doctor of Physical Therapy along with the referring Physician/Surgeon. Those patients who are examined without a referral through “Direct Access” will be prescribed physical therapy based on the examination administered by the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Will I always see the same Doctor?

We encourage patients to continue with the evaluating Doctor of Physical Therapy. When schedules conflict, you may see another Doctor.

Is privacy maintained?

We adhere to all state and federal guidelines regarding issues of patient confidentiality.

How is progress maintained?

Patients are constantly re-evaluated to ensure maximum therapeutic benefits. Patients are given a progress note to take to his/her Physician’s/Surgeon’s appointment.

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