Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a prescription, script or physician's referral?
A prescription or referral for physical therapy is not required; you can call us to make an appointment right now.
Having quick or immediate access to Physical Therapy can often be the difference between your condition being acute or temporary and chronic. You do not need to wait a week or more to be seen by your primary care physician or orthopedic specialist prior to being seen in our office. We encourage you to call us immediately if you experience an injury or have pain.
All 50 states permit "Direct Access" for physical therapy for an evaluation. This means that in Virginia, you do not need to wait weeks to see your physician or specialist to begin treatment in physical therapy. Your therapist will work with your physician or other health care provider in the coordination of your treatment so you can concentrate on healing. Your physical therapist does not provide a medical diagnosis, however we will perform a thorough evaluation and determine your movement impairment diagnosis and relay this information to your physician or other health care provider with your consent.
What can I expect from the treatment session?
Each patient is thoroughly evaluated using a functional movement assessment as well as a hands-on assessment, and the treatment is designed to address the problems responsible for your pain and symptoms. Sustained pressure is used to release restrictions and restore the normal elastic and gliding motion of the fascia. As the restriction releases and unwinds, you may feel a sense of letting go and greater relaxation. Most people experience a change or significant different within 3 to 5 treatments. It is impossible to predict the exact number of visits you will need as everyone's individual challenges are unique. The typical patient is seen approximately for 1 visit a week, for about 4-8 visits and every patient is taught how to treat themselves at home using self-mobilization techniques and, when appropriate, therapeutic exercise. You will receive a personalized treatment program for treatment and long term prevention of your condition so you can stay healthy, active and free of pain.
What should I wear?
For physical therapy patients, it is important to have access to visibly examine, palpate and treat your body, muscles and tissues directly. Please bring with you a pair of loose comfortable shorts and female patients should bring a sleeveless shirt, tank top, or swim suit top to change into when you arrive.
All information on this website is intended for instruction and informational purposes only. The authors are not responsible for any harm or injury that may result. Significant injury risk is possible if you do not follow due diligence and seek suitable professional advice about your injury. No guarantees of specific results are expressly made or implied on this website.