WELCOME TO NEXT LEVEL PHYSICAL THERAPY/WELLNESS!
We are committed to making your experience as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about what you can be expected during your first visit.
WHY SHOULD I SEE A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
Our Doctors of Physical Therapy specialize in treatment of musculoskeletal, biomechanical, and neurological dysfunction. That means that if your having issues with pain, a joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve damage, abnormal movement, postural dysfunction, or weakness - we are the people to see.
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS DO YOU PROVIDE?
We perform a lot hands-on treatment. Treatments often include: joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, massage, trigger point release, fascial release, stretching, assisted exercise, and more. Our exercise and activity interventions will progress to sport-specific and strength training for patients that require this.
We maximize your body's ability to heal itself by providing an optimal environment for healing. This includes guided exercise therapy, movement pattern re-training, motor skill development, and neuromuscular facilitation. Most of this language is fancy terminology for "re-training you how to move properly".
WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU TREAT?
Let's break it down this way: improper movement/positioning often results in dysfunction. This can be caused by many factors. If you have pain, joint or soft tissue restriction, limited movement, weakness, balance issues, or abnormal movement, then you have come to the right place. Please see our physical therapy page for more information on common injuries that we treat.
I HAVE BACK PAIN. SHOULD I SEE A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
The evidence is overwhelming for early physical therapy treatment for back pain. People who see a therapist early for back pain often have great relief and do not require surgery or have return of symptoms. If this is you, now is the time to act before it becomes a real problem.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY PRIMARY DOCTOR?
A referrral is not always necessary. It is dependent upon each specific insurance plan. New York is a direct access state for physical therapy. This means that you can access physical therapy without a referral. If you would like your insurance to pay for physical therapy services, then it is important that you contact your insurance company to determine if a referral is necessary for benefits to be paid out. If insurance is not available, then you do not need a referral.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST PHYSICAL THERAPY VISIT?
On your first visit, our licensed physical therapist will do an evaluation. This is a thorough assessment of overall posture, range of motion, strength, flexibility, and mobility. After the evaluation, the therapist will discuss their findings with you and then develop a rehabilitation program to help you attain the goals that you will set together to get back to optimal function. This program will include how your therapist will facilitate improvement (e.g., manual therapy, exercises, and modalities if necessary) as well as what you can do on your own.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO PHYSICAL THERAPY?
You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If we are treating an extremity, then we will need to have to exposure to that area. For neck and back injuries, we will also need to expose the area for evalution and treatment procedures. We do provide gowns and private changing areas.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST PHYSICAL THERAPY VISIT?
You should bring a prescription for physical therapy from your doctor if you have one, X-rays, the MRI, or CT scan report if you have it, and your insurance card. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the necessary paperwork.