Frequently Asked Questions
- WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
- WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENT DO YOU DO?
- HOW DOES PHYSICAL THERAPY DIFFER FROM CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?
- DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
- HOW MUCH DOES PHYSICAL THERAPY COST?
- HOW LONG ARE THE APPOINTMENTS?
- DO I NEED TO WEAR SPECIAL CLOTHING?
- HOW DOES YOUR CENTER DIFFER FROM OTHER PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS?
- WHAT DETERMINES HOW MANY TIMES I WILL NEED TO COME TO PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSIONS?
- DO I NEED MY DOCTOR TO WRITE ORDERS?
- IT'S DIFFICULT TO FIND TIME FOR MORE APPOINTMENTS IN MY LIFE. ARE THERE ANY LONG TERM BENEFITS FROM PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Physical therapy is the practice of soft tissue and joint manipulation techniques to release tension in the muscles and joints. Physical therapy consists of joint/soft tissue mobilization, massage and exercise as well as modalities of ultrasound, electrical stimulation and application of heat and ice. Physical therapists are health care professionals who have graduated from college with a bachelor's or master's degree of science in physical therapy. Physical therapists are required to pass a national examination and are licensed by the state in which they practice. They are experts in body movement and function and provide help for every part of the human body. Physical therapy can benefit everyone from infants to the elderly.
A typical session is one hour of hands-on treatment by a physical therapist. The types of bodywork that may be done are massage, myofascial release, soft tissue and joint mobilization, cranio-sacral and visceral mobilization, lymph drainage, manual stretching and exercise. Modalities of ultrasound, biofeedback, heat/cold, and electrical stimulation may be applied.
Traditional chiropractic care focuses on high velocity, low amplitude thrust manipulation where you hear a pop or crack. Physical therapy rarely uses this method, choosing instead, low velocity soft tissue, and joint mobilization techniques to release tension in the muscles and joints.
Yes, we accept many healthcare plans as well as Worker's Comp claims and auto insurance claims. Call our office to see if we are providers for your plan.
The cost depends on the length of time you are seen, the types of treatment you require and they benefits your insurance provides. Fees range from $115 to $180 per session.
Most appointments are one hour.
No. We provide gowns and shorts if needed.
At Orthopedic & TMJ Physical Therapy Center you are seen by a physical therapist at each visit. Other clinics may utilize assistants and aides to administer treatment and the patient has very little or no hands-on contact with a physical therapist. Our therapists treat each patient and take time to listen and encourage patient participation in decision making for the course of treatment.
We have been in practice for over 25 years and three of our therapists have more than 28 years of clinical experience each. All our therapists take a minimum of two continuing education courses a year. This additional training provides our therapists with better understanding of body functions and provides our patients with advanced hands-on skills.
One to three times a week is typical. This varies depending on your pain level, your level of function, and your ability to schedule treatments into your personal schedule.
It is best to have written orders from your physician. Many insurance companies require doctor's orders. However, the Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board has certified all our physical therapists to treat patients without physician's orders for the first 60 days of treatment.
Absolutely! Before discharging a patient from physical therapy, we educate in self-care techniques that can be used in circumstances throughout life. We teach how to move your body to promote optimal ease and functions in the activities of everyday living. We teach muscle trigger point and massage skills. Most valuable, according to our patients, are the relaxation skills learned that can be applied in a variety of life's stressful situations.