If you have suffered a serious injury, your doctor may recommend that you undergo physical therapy. On the other hand, you may also be able to refer yourself to physical therapy.
Whether you ask a friend who may have been to physical therapy or searching on the internet, finding a physical therapist is quite simple. However, which one is the best choice for you?
The following are important questions to ask before deciding on a physical therapist:
- Do you accept my insurance? In many cases, patients attend physical therapy without knowing whether or not their insurance coverage is acceptable. Ensure that your prospective candidate accepts your insurance to avoid paying big out-of-pocket expenses and suffering a huge headache.
- Do you specialize in treating my injury? Many physical therapists are board-certified clinical specialists, meaning that they have passes rigorous tests and spent many hours treating a specific condition or demographic. For instance, if you are experiencing hip or knee pain, you should see an orthopedic clinical specialist.
- How many patients do you see a day? While some physical therapists elect to commit time to only one patient for each appointment, others may treat several people at the same time. If you feel that you need more individualized treatment, make sure to select a physical therapist that only sees one person at a time.
- Will I see the same physical therapist or a different one each time? Some physical therapy clinics schedule patients with the same therapist to help build a strong relationship, while others may schedule appointments with the first available therapist, allowing a person to try different treatment strategies.
- What is your cancellation or no show policy? Sometimes, emergencies occur which may force you to miss your appointment or be late. There are many clinics who charge their patients a fee if an appointment is canceled without a timely notice, typically 24 hours ahead of time. Toa void paying extra costs during your rehabilitation, find out the physical therapist’s cancellation policy.
Asking these questions can help you make the best decision possible about your rehabilitation, and can help you find the best physical therapist for your specific condition.