Physical therapists play a great role in helping people suffering from pain to get back to a normal lifestyle. Customized physical therapy programs at HealthQuest are designed to help improve your functional ability, enhance strength and promote a pain-free life.
Planning to consult a physical therapist? Check out these frequently asked questions and their answers.
Q: What is Physical Therapy?
A: Physical therapy (PT) is a specialty that uses mechanical force and movements to promote mobility and function, and improve the quality of a patient’s life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.
Q: What conditions do physical therapists treat?
A: Physical therapists treat a wide variety of medical conditions, let that be orthopedic problems, sports injuries, traumatic injuries, or even overuse syndromes. Commonly treated conditions include osteoarthritis, muscle strains, low back pain, knee injury, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, and sciatica. They can also assist with recovery post-operatively.
Q: What happens during consultation?
A: Physical therapists examine and evaluate physical impairments. They can use advanced diagnostic techniques such as MRI scans, X-rays and electromyography to detect diseases or other causes precisely. A treatment plan will be created to help improve or restore your physical function and fitness level.
Q: What all treatments would I receive?
A: Physical therapy treatment is based on the initial evaluation findings along with ongoing reassessment and evaluation. Treatments provided may include myofascial release, heat or ice compression, electrotherapy, ultrasound, transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), exercise programs and injury prevention, traction therapy and massage or exercises. However, the number of treatments you will receive will vary, depending on your specific condition.
Q: Is physical therapy painful?
A: Although physical therapy requires treating areas of pain or discomfort, trained therapists will manage patients to their individual tolerances while balancing the required needs of the injury.
Q: What is the required qualification for a physical therapist?
A: While each state has its own requirements, it is critical for a candidate to be a Registered Physical Therapist (RPT) with a graduate degree and a state licensure.
Q: Should I do exercise at home?
A: In many cases, the physical therapist will also teach you appropriate exercises to do at home not only for pain relief but also to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
Q: Do you accept payment plans?
A: Yes. At HealthQuest, we accept most major medical insurance plans, and Medicare, No-Fault, and Workers' Compensation.
If you have a specific question, please call us at (718) 769-2521 or fill out the form given below.