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(704) 541-3378

10370 Park Road, Suite 102
Charlotte, NC 28210

When choosing a Physical Therapist, consider these questions. If there are any other questions please call us at (704) 541-3378

Physical Therapy, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Charlotte NC Q: Is it OK to ask my doctor about physical therapy (PT)?
A: Absolutely. If you have a problem that you think can be helped with PT, feel free to give us a call. After discussing with you the specific problem you present with, we can give you a better idea if it is something that is manageable with PT. You can also give your doctor a call. If he or she is not sure, he or she is welcome to contact us as well. In today's healthcare, if you feel PT can be helpful to you, you will need to stress your feelings to the doctor you are seeing. We are happy to send the doctor information about our treatment programs if the doctor needs additional information.

Q: Do I need a physician’s referral/prescription to attend physical therapy?
A: Patients do have direct access to PT services without a physician referral. This is a tremendous advantage for patients because: 1. it shortens the typical time required to initiate appropriate treatment; and 2. it helps to cut costs because it helps to eliminate additional medical office visits, the ordering of unnecessary tests and/or medications. Feel free to contact us for additional information about the scope of PT direct access.

Q: Who chooses which physical therapist I go to?
A: Oftentimes, your physician will give you a recommendation or a listing of physical therapists in your area. Sometimes your insurance company will guide you with regard to who is "in network" for your insurance plan. Ultimately, however, the decision as to where you receive your care is up to you. If you have a specific request, you need to let your physician or insurance company know. We will call your insurance company and find out your benefits, and then let you know what your co-payment would be, if any.

Q: How do I arrange an appointment?
A: If your physician gives you a referral to PT, simply call our office for an appointment. You can call us directly at (704)541-3378. Our clinic hours and location are explained on the location page of this website. Our office staff will get all the necessary information from you and assist you with an appointment.

Q: How long will it take for my evaluation?
A: First evaluations typically take approximately 60 minutes and follow-up visits range from 45-60 minutes depending upon the diagnosis. We will discuss with you the expectations for your recovery, and will help you to set realistic goals and timelines to complete your recovery.

Q: What should I expect on my first visit?
A: On your first visit, your physical therapist will perform an examination/evaluation to determine what deficits and/or problems you have that can be addressed in PT. The examination/evaluation involves a thorough history, a systems review, and tests and measures that allow the PT to get a more specific understanding of your condition. Your PT will make a clinical judgment as to your diagnosis and prognosis. A treatment program will be developed aimed at resolving the problems identified as well as to attain the goals you set in conjunction with the PT.

Q: What types of interventions may I receive?
A: The interventions you receive will depend on what the PT finds in the examination/evaluation. Our intervention programs include coordination among all people involved in your care (other health care professionals, family, friends, caregivers, and others), communication to ensure a good exchange of information, thorough documentation of the care and services provided, and instruction to you and others involved in your care to promote and optimize our services. Most PT plans of care will include three categories of interventions: therapeutic exercise; functional training in self-care and home management; and functional training in work or school, community, and leisure environments. Other interventions might include manual PT; use of equipment such as supports, orthotics, or prosthetics; airway clearance techniques; skin repair and protection techniques; electrotherapeutic modalities; and mechanical modalities.

Q: How is my progress measured?
A: Because your PT will perform a meticulous examination/evaluation, quantifying and qualifying all the deficits and problems you are presenting with, re-examination to determine progress is possible. You will be re-examined based on your diagnosis as well as on the chronicity of the problem. Additionally, the PT always needs to be aware of follow-up visits with your physician, if you were referred by one, as a re-examination may be performed so that the physician can be updated at that time.

Q: How long is a course of therapy?
A: It depends upon the diagnosis, the severity of your injury and how dedicated you are to doing your part outside of treatments. Our goal is to not only get rid of your pain but to get you to the point where the likelihood of the pain coming back is significantly reduced. Most conditions will resolve with a 4 week course of treatment.

Q: Are physical therapists covered by my health insurance?
A: In most cases, yes. Click on our Insurance link to learn more about insurance coverage for physical therapy. If you have any questions about your insurance coverage for PT please call us.

Q: What is the co-pay for physical therapy?
A: Co-pays are dependent upon your individual insurance. Before your first visit, we will call your insurance and find out your benefits. We will give you a summary of your PT benefits with an estimated co-payment or co-insurance amount, if you have one.

Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: Physical Therapy for the Carolinas is an in-network provider for many managed health care plans. Please contact us to confirm that we accept your insurance. All out of pocket expenses, including copays, may be paid with cash, check or a major credit card.

Q: Do you need my medical history information?
A: Yes. Before your appointment please print and complete our Online Patient Information Forms. This will expedite your visit and allow our staff to determine if there are any pre-existing conditions that may prevent you from being able to receive rehabilitation from Physical Therapy for the Carolinas.

Q: What should I wear to my physical therapy appointment?
A: In general, wear comfortable clothing to PT. If you are presenting with a problem of your cervical spine, upper back or shoulders, the therapist can provide you with a gown as needed to expose these areas. If you are coming for a lower-extremity problem, shorts are important, and wear comfortable shoes. You can bring clothing with you if you need to change here. Additionally, please bring any braces, splints, or similar equipment that you are using. Please avoid wearing jeans, tight fitting clothes, skirts, and dresses, low-cut or revealing clothing.

Q: What should I bring to my first physical therapy appointment?
A: For your first visit you will need your insurance information/card, and any paperwork that was sent to you that needed to be filled out. If you have any operative reports, MRI or X-ray results, or any referral that your doctor may have given you, bring those as well.

Q: Does physical therapy hurt?
A: In almost all cases - No. "No Pain - No Gain" is not true in most cases. You might develop a small amount of muscle soreness 1-2 days following the start of an exercise program from working muscles that you haven't used or that are weak. However, our primary goal is to reduce pain and this occurs before other things like strengthening. We encourage consistent performance of the individual home exercise program. The patient should stop any activity that creates significant pain and they should call their PT immediately.

Q: What if I have an increase in symptoms?
A: If you have increased symptoms please call your PT. When you call the office, please be sure you explain to the office staff that you are having an increase in symptoms. Your PT will be able to review the information and will give you a call back that same day. After we discuss the case with you, we will be able to give you guidelines as to what would be appropriate to reduce your symptoms, whether you need to come into our office, or if you should contact or follow up with your physician if you were referred by one. It is best to call us prior to calling your physician as if a change in symptoms has occurred, it is important that we fax the physician a report so that she can be up-to-date on your care when you see him/her for a follow-up visit.

Q: Does my physical therapist communicate with my doctor?
A: Following an initial evaluation your therapist will fax a copy of the evaluation to the referring physician. They also fax all pertinent progress notes and discharge summaries. If necessary, the therapist will call your physician with any questions regarding progress or diagnosis. It is expected that a patient inform the physical therapist of all upcoming doctor appointments.

Q: What can physical therapists help people to achieve?
A: Physical therapists provide treatments to help you gain the strength and mobility needed to return to work, sports and independence. In other words, improve your quality of life without the use of medication or surgery or other invasive procedures. Physical therapists are also the health care professionals of choice for rehabilitation for orthopedic, neurologic, cardiopulmonary and many other conditions and injuries.

Q: How do physical therapists help people?
A: PT are experts in the way the human body moves. They use treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. They will also help you prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs to help you achieve a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Q: What are the educational requirements to become a physical therapist?
A: Many PT programs require that graduates obtain a doctor of physical therapy degree. The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree.

Q: Are Physical Therapists licensed?
A: Yes, all PT have to be licensed in the state in that they work. Licenses should be prominently displayed.

Q: Do physical therapists have specialist certifications in areas of expertise?
A: Some PT choose to advance their knowledge and expertise in specialty areas such as pediatrics, neurology, sports or geriatrics to name a few. Tom Campion has a specialist certification in Orthopedics. To achieve these certifications, they must sit for specialist certification exams, and have completed a minimum of 2,000 hours of direct patient care in the specialty area. Other specific requirements may apply based on specialty area. Specialist certifications can be held in the areas of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatric, Neurologic, Orthopedic, Pediatric, Sports, and Women’s Health.

Q: What will happen once therapy is completed?
A: Upon discharge, you will be given a home exercise program to further enhance your rehabilitation outcome and prevent the possibility of future re-injury. You also have the option to participate in our Aftercare Program.

Q: What is my responsibility in physical therapy?
A: You are our partner in your recovery. Your PT cannot do it without you! We ask that all patients and clients cooperate by following through with their home exercise programs and instructions, as this is extremely important in expediting your recovery.

Q: I have never had physical therapy before, how do I know that my treatment is of good quality?
A: The truth of the matter is that not all Physical Therapy and Physical Therapists are the same. In some offices PT is delivered by non-qualified or non-licensed individuals. In some other cases, less qualified individuals may provide basic modalities, such as heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation etc., without use of skillful interventions such as manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. In our clinic, you will receive top quality treatments and from highly credentialed and certified therapists. Take a look at our Standards of Care for a better understanding of what good quality physical therapy really is.

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