have the freedom to choose your own physical therapist. As of
December 2006, residents in New York can go directly to a physical
therapist without a physician's referral first.
in mind that your insurance policy may require a visit to the
primary care physician first or limit your access to only preferred
physician may refer you for physical therapy that is to be provided
in his or her office or to a facility in which he or she has
a financial interest. If either situation is the case, insist
that your physical therapy be provided by a licensed physical
To Choose A Physical Therapist
sure that you receive physical therapy from a licensed physical
therapist. Physical therapists are professional health care
provided who are licensed by the state in which they practice.
If you are receiving physical therapy from a physical therapist
assistant, be sure that he or she is supervised by a licensed
the physical therapy clinic if they participate with your insurance
company and/or will they submit claims on your behalf to your
insurance company. Some policies require co-payments for services
and the co-payment will be dependent on if the physical therapist
is part of the insurer's provider network. You will also have
to meet your deductible.
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first visit should include an evaluation by the physical therapist.
Your physical therapist will perform an examination to identify
current and potential problems. Based on the results of the
examination, and considering your specific goals, your physical
therapist will design a plan of care to include specific interventions
and will propose a timetable to achieve these goals and optimize
your function. Your physical therapist will likely provide you
with instructions to perform exercises at home to facilitate
should feel comfortable asking your physical therapist any questions
regarding your course of care, including specifics regarding
interventions and expectations.
About Physical Therapists
Therapists (PTs) are health care professional who diagnose and
treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other
health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move
and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
must have a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy
program before taking the national licensure examination. The
minimum educational requirement is a master's degree, yet most
educational programs now offer the doctor of physical therapy
therapists practice in hospitals, private practices, outpatient
clinics, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities,
homes, education or research centers, schools, hospices, corporate
or industrial health centers, athletic facilities, and other