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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.
Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness, fitness, and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.
The terms “physical therapy” and “physiotherapy,” and the terms “physical therapist” and “physiotherapist,” are synonomous.
What happens during my first visit?
During your first visit you will meet with your PT one on one. We will go through a comprehensive health history and examination. You will be asked to provide the history of your injury including pain or mobility issues you have experienced. We use a variety of functional outcome studies to help determine the nature of our injury as well as a thourough examination. We will test strength, balance, flexiblity and your mobility in order to gain a bettter idea of the nature of your injury and the best course of treatment.
The goal of our first visit is to gain the necessary information in order to determine a course of treatment to help you reduce pain and regain function. Your treatment will be custom designed for your optimal recovery. The first visit often takes 45-60 minutes.
What do I need to bring with me?
On your first visit please bring:
Health insurance card
Vehicle insurance info if involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Prescription from your physician
The new patient forms
Copies of any test results (MRI, x-ray, laboratory, etc.),
Depending on the diagnosis, you should plan to wear loose fitting clothes or bring shorts and a t-shirt.
How should I dress?
Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Depending on your diagnosis you may be performing a variety of exercises, movements and stretches. Sometimes you may even sweat your therapy visit. Clothing that allows your therapist to easily visualize and access the body part injured helps us treat you more effectively.
There are bathrooms available for your use should you need to change clothing before or after your apointment.
How long will each treatment last?
Most appointments will last 30 to 45. Depending on the nature of your injury the duration of your treatment may vary.
How many visits will I need?
The physical therapist will be able to tell you after your first appointment. Most patients are seen one to two times per week but the duration of PT varies based on the type of injury and your goals.
Who pays for the treatment?
Balanced Motion Physical Therapy accepts most insurance plans. We are in-network providers for ALL major managed health care plans.
You may have a copay due at each visit.
This will depend on the type of insurance you carry. We should be able to tell you by the end of your first appointment.
Should you have any questions regarding a specific plan, please call the clinic for further information.
Do I need to go to my physician first?
No. The State of Massachusetts is a direct access state. While we work closely with physicians, you can consult us at any phase of your treatment program.
What are your hours?
We treat Monday through Friday. Our hours fluctuate based on patient needs. We offer early morning and after work hours Monday through Friday. Additionally weekend hours may be available on an as needed basis. Please contact the clinic if you have specific treatment times you need. We will do our best to accomodate your needs.