Having back, knee, or neck pain?
Sometimes in these cases your doctor may recommend that you see a qualified physical therapist. In some states, and under certain insurance plans, you can see a physical therapist without a referral from your primary care physician.
If you are thinking of seeing a physical therapist without a doctor’s recommendation, here are some important things to keep in mind.
- What is the background and training of the physical therapist I’m planning to see?
Some physical therapists can take additional training on specific body systems or approaches to pain treatment. For example, they may have had spine-specific training or specialize in a manual therapy program such as the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), giving them a more comprehensive approach to your care.
- Does your physical therapist have a solid understanding of the area of the body you need work on? Talk with them to find out if your condition is something that is commonly treated with physical therapy, or consult your primary doctor before starting a therapy program on your own.
- Are they in your insurance network and will your insurance cover the therapy without a referral from your doctor?
Questions to Ask a Physical Therapist
You should feel comfortable talking to your physical therapist about what you can expect during treatment. Some good questions to ask might be:
- What is hot and cold therapy & how is it used to treat pain?
- What are some of the different therapy methods practiced here?
- What is a TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and will this be used as part of my treatment?
- What types of exercises will we be using to help treat my condition?
- How much pain should I expect to feel during my therapy sessions?
- How many sessions will I need?
A good physical therapist, like the ones at Peak Physical Therapy, will not only treat your condition, but help you to learn more about it as well. Remember, the more you ask, the more comfortable and confident you will be with your physical therapist and the treatment.
To find out more about the types and methods of physical therapy used at Peak Physical Therapy, contact us today at (402) 423-7325.