Deciding on a PT can be challenging if you have never done it before and do not really know what to look for. Here are few tips on how to choose the right facility and physical therapist:
- If your physician refers you for physical therapy to be provided in the physician’s office, or to a specific facility, know that you are not obligated to follow your doctor recommendation and you have a right to choose a place that best fits your needs.
- Make sure that you receive physical therapy from a licensed physical therapist.
- Contact the physical therapy clinic to determine the services offered and choose a physical therapist with a specialization related to your problem.
- Your physical therapist should have great manual skills. Read reviews, ask your family members or friends for recommendations on a therapist that specializes in hands-on approach.
- Avoid physical therapy clinics which offer only generalized programs. Call the clinic of your choice and make sure that they will tailor rehabilitation program to meet your specific needs for most efficient recovery.
- One-on-one treatment should be the essential part of your rehabilitation.
- Transparent payments – ask the facility of your choice if they will keep you up to date about your insurance benefits. Make sure that all your billing information, as with any other records, will always remain available to you to protect you against hidden costs and unexplained charges.
- Find a well-equipped clinic with a good access and convenient parking lot. If your range of motion is limited or you receive a post-surgery treatment, it might be crucial to have a parking spot available close to the entrance to a clinic.
- Finally, choose a physical therapist that you get along with. Do not hesitate to ask to see a different therapist – after all – this is the person you will be meeting a few times every week over the next several weeks or even months.