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What is a Physical therapist?

Physical therapists are licensed medical provider and are experts in injury evaluation, injury treatment, exercise prescription, injury prevention, rehabilitation and many other areas of sport and health and fitness.

What do I need to bring?

Be prepared to provide your previous medical or surgical history. If you have them and if they are relevant bring scan/MRI reports, and list of medication. You may wish to bring shorts and t-shirt.

How many visits will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the problem and individual. After a thorough assessment, the physical therapist will discuss their treatment plan for the rehabilitation process.

 

What should I wear to my appointment?

If we are treating your feet you will not be asked to undress but if we are treating your spine, you will be so comfortable and modest underwear or even a pair of shorts is appropriate.

How do I make an appointment?

You can get in touch by phone ( 347 - 535 - 5354 ) or use the form under the contact page. Alternatively use the quick and easy online booking page, which is the method we prefer.

Do I have to be referred by a doctor?

No, physical therapists can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. However most health insurances require a doctors referral before they authorize cover of fees, some only require a phone call.

Treatment duration depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and other factors.  Re-evaluations will be done to assess your progress and your therapist communicates with your physician to help you achieve your therapy goals.

We see and treat patients for a wide range of conditions and diagnoses.  Please visit our Services for an extensive list of conditions and diagnoses we see patients for.

Physical Therapy at Balance in Motion is proud to have Orthopedic specialist physical therapist on staff who have obtained and achieved advanced certifications in orthopedics, sports, manual therapy, and orthotics.

We will check with your health insurance to determine if out of network physical therapy services are covered under your plan.

Call the office in which you go to for all your regular appointments.  You may also call our office at 347-535-5354.

Other Common Q & A

Q. How is it possible for these treatments to resolve pain and injuries so much faster than other healthcare practitioners I have seen in the past?

A. After injury, most people visit an orthopedic specialist or general practitioner. If the injury is not in need of surgery, the common plan of care involves medications as needed for pain, inflammation, or spasm; in addition, a referral to Physical Therapy. Though there is certainly a place for these medications, it is important to know that they are treating the symptoms and secondary results of the injury, Not the cause of the symptoms and inflammation. In traditional Physical Therapy, there is a large emphasis on modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat/cold packs, etc) and exercises to help ‘set the stage’ for the body to heal the injured tissues, resolve excessive inflammation, and regain strength and range of motion. The focus is now more on the causes of pain and dysfunction, but still relies heavily on the body’s lengthy process of the healing itself. Something many do not know is that a primary cause of a person’s pain/dysfunction is actually the changes/distortions of the body’s connective tissues (called “Fascia”). With very specific, and fairly rare, hands-on manual therapy techniques, these Fascial distortions can be immediately moved back to a more normal position/arrangement. When this happens, the pain, weakness, and limited movement associated with an injury is also immediately improved. Pain from tendinitis and ligament sprains can usually be made at least 50% better, and sometimes 100%, in the first treatment.

Q. What is Fascia?

A. Fasia is “the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body. It interpenetrates and surrounds muscles, bones, organs, nerves, blood vessels and other structures. Fascia is an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior. After injury, it is the fascia that creates an environment for tissue repair.”- Paoletti, Serge (2006). The Fasciae: Anatomy, Dysfunction & Treatment.

We  focus on treating  MYOFASCIA to restore chronic pain or your dysfunctions such as reaching, bending, lifting, walking, stair climbing and running.

For more details on Fascia, visit here 'https://www.anatomytrains.com/fascia/'

Q. How long after an injury should I wait to get treatment?

A. In general, the longer you wait to get treatment, the longer time will take to fix the injury. Moving the tissues back into their pre-injury arrangement becomes harder the longer they have been in a distorted/injured state. Of course, newly injured tissues will be more sensitive to touch, but immediate treatment will help ensure a faster return to normal painfree activity.

Q. Will I have to stop participating in my sport or any exercise routine while I am getting treatment?

A. Occasionally this is a necessary move to allow for the most rapid and full recovery, but in my clinic it is very rare. I pride myself on getting my patients back to the activities they love extremely quickly and quite often that means I have them performing these activities by the end of the first visit. After all, we can’t say that you are “fixed” until you can do the things you want without pain, right?

Q. Do you only treat athletic injuries?

A. No. Although I am known for providing rapid recovery of injuries (which tends to be very popular among athletes), I have just as many patients who come to me with chronic pain and long-term issues. I treat any musculoskeletal condition from head to toe from headaches to back pain, and TMJ to ankle sprains.

Q. How many visits would I need to return to 100 % normal condition?

A. This is always a tricky question, because it varies with every patient, and is dependent on a large number of factors. What I can say is that, in general, you will usually need less than half as many treatments as you would expect to need when going to a more traditional PT clinic. Pain and dysfunction that has been present for a long time will usually, but not always, take longer to fix than more recent & acute problems. Certain conditions like herniated disc will obviously take longer to resolve than something like a hamstring strain. In general, muscle pain gets better within 5-7 treatments for the average patient, and quite often 2-4 treatments are all that is needed.

Q. Why do you accept a PPO(out-of-network) plan only?

A. We are an out of network provider, meaning we do not accept HMO (In-network) insurance. However, you can call your insurance company and ask them “what are my out of network physical therapy benefits?”  It’s usually a quick call to the number on the back of your card.  Many times they may reimburse you for all or some of your physical therapy services, especially if you have a PPO (instead of an HMO).

The traditional insurance model does not allow us to treat the way we feel is best for you or spend the time with you that you deserve.

This allows us to spend more quality 1-on-1 time with clients and will help you feel better faster.  While most PT clinics see you 3x a week with many other patients at the same time, we usually see you 1-2x a week.  You tend to need less visits, and in the long run may end up spending less with us than a traditional PT practice when you consider your deductible, co-pay, and extra visits needed.

Q.Do I need a referral or prescription to receive treatment?

A. No! New york state has direct access, which means you can come to Balance In Motion PT for a diagnosis of any musculoskeletal injury without seeing a medical doctor first. If you need care beyond 10 visits (or 30 days, whichever comes first), then you will need a prescription.

However, to get reimbursed from insurance, you may need a referral from licensed physician, which can be a variety professionals: MD, DO, DDS, DPM, PA(Physician assistant) and Nurse Practitioners.

Q. What if I don’t have any out-of-network benefits at all ?

A: Don't worry. We want you to get better, so we’ll work with you. We offer discounts for patients who pay cash up front.

If you have any questions?

Please call 347-535-5354

or email: info@balanceinmotionpt.com

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