Have questions about Physical Therapy?

Patients who start physical therapy for the first time might have questions about the process. Whether they are referred by a physician or choose to go to physical therapy on their own, there are some common questions that come up at the first appointment.

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Top six Question

What do Physical Therapists do?

Plan, prepare and carry out an individually designed program of Physical Therapy treatment to maintain. Improve or restore Physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent Physical dysfunction in patients. Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention

Why is Physical Therapy a good choice?

Physical therapists work with patients across the lifespan who have chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries, providing rehabilitation and treatment to prevent injury, and optimize their quality of life. They also help patients improve flexibility and strength so they can maintain independent and active lifestyles

At Medstar our physical Therapist first help is to make sure that Our Patients’ problems are mains musculoskeletal problems. The help of their research about our patient is to work out if there is likely to be an underlying condition. If it’s felt our patient needs further assessment, our PT should advise them on who is the best reference to undertake this necessary and further assessment.

How long will my entire course of therapy last?

Treatment plans for most patients typically last between 8 and 12 weeks. Our staff will also consult your medical insurer to determine the number of PT visits that are approved. When your PT and MD feel that additional visits are required in order to prove most effective to your treatment, MedStar will directly request additional visits from your insurance company. Our office manager will work with you to determine the extent of your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs, if applicable.

How often are re-evaluations performed?

MedStar follows current Medicare guidelines and performs re-evaluations every six weeks. During these sessions, your PT will determine how your treatment is progressing and whether additional therapy will be required. After these sessions, you may be shown how to perform a home exercise program to allow you to continue your rehabilitation in an independent and cost-effective manner. If you’re MD feels that land-based exercises would be beneficial to your treatment, your PT will make arrangements to gradually move you into such a program.

expect to work with the same therapist every time?

At MedStar, we know how important trust between patients and PTs are to the healing process. For that reason, we assign you a single primary PT who will help you set goals and stay updated on your progress. However, since effective physical therapy often depends on a team of dedicated healthcare professionals, different therapists may assist you during the course of your rehabilitation. With that said, we try hard to ensure that you will see the same PT for the majority of your visits. Each of our PTs meets on a regular basis in order to examine each patient’s treatment plan and discuss ways to ensure the highest standard of care.

Will I experience a higher level of pain during my treatment or immediately afterward? 

We strive to make our session’s pain free by carefully examining your pain levels, activity level, and symptoms to the frequency and intensity of the exercises required for your rehabilitation. In most cases, patients report only a couple hours of tiredness and a higher level of soreness common to most exercise. If an exercise is painful, please tell your PT immediately! Only in extremely specific cases—such as a frozen shoulder or after total knee replacement—is it ever necessary to “work through” pain.

about PHysical Therapy

Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions. It is provided by physical therapists who promote, maintain, or restore health through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, patient education, physical intervention, rehabilitation, disease prevention, and health promotion.

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

AT MEDSTAR Physical therapy

The Professional staff at MedStar Physical Therapy includes several experts in the field of rehabilitation, each armed with the skills necessary to address a wide variety of patient needs. The cornerstone of our practice is our commitment to providing cutting edge rehabilitation based on current medical research. MedStar Physical Therapy has maintained its independence in an age of managed care and corporate medicine. We feel strongly that this independence affords us the ability to provide the highest quality of care and deliver excellent patient outcomes.

Orthopedics Rehabilitation

1.Post-Operative Rehabilitation
2. Spinal Rehabilitation
3. Industrial Rehabilitation
4. Complete Back Rehabilitation. Wound Care
5. Manual Therapy

Sports Medicine

At MedStar, our passion for soccer and other athletics has given us the experience and expertise to treat all manner of sports injuries. If you’ve hurt yourself on the field, our staff of medical professionals can help you get back on your feet and back into the game.

Neurological Rehabilitation

1. CVA
2. Head trauma Spinal Cord Injury
3. Various Neurological Anomalies

Quality Care

MedStar Physical Therapy provides the highest quality of rehabilitative care. The center is fully staffed and operated by a Registered Physical Therapist.

Registered Physical Therapist Always on Duty

Individualized “Hands-On” Aggressive Treatment

Positive and Supportive Patient Environment

Extended Hours

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Methodologies

Rapid Recovery and Return to Function Methodologies

Complete Exercise Programs

Education Programs

Cost Containment

MedStar Physical Therapy operates our centers under a managed care philosophy and have no referral relationship with physicians or other entities which

Have the potential to create conflict of interests.

No Unnecessary Treatment Insurance Carrier Authorization Required (if applicable.)

Closed-End Treatment Protocols

Inn Fee for Service, Capitation and Global Schedulesovative Fee Schedules Available to Contracted Carriers

Fee for Service, Capitation and Global Schedules

No Conflict-of-Interest Referral Patterns

Communication

Authorization Call to Insurance Carrier (if applicable.

Initial Evaluation by Physical Therapist within 24 Hours

Initial Evaluation Report within 24 Hours of Evaluation

1st Treatment within 24 Hours of Evaluation

Regular Progress Reports, Bi-Monthly or Upon Request

Final Report Sent within 24 Hours, after End of Treatment

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