Why is physical therapy a good choice?
Physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source. Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuromuscular disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physical therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.
Why are people referred to physical therapy?
You may be referred to physical therapy because of a movement dysfunction associated with pain. Your difficulty with moving part(s) of your body (like bending at the low back or difficulty sleeping on your shoulder, etc.) very likely results in limitations with your daily activities (e.g., difficulty getting out of a chair, an inability to play sports, or trouble with walking, etc.). Physical therapists treat these movement dysfunctions and their associated pains and restore your body's ability to move in a normal manner.
What does a physical therapist do?
Physical therapists help people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson's disease; workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries. Because physical therapists are experts in movement and function, they do not confine their talents to treating people who are ill. A large part of a physical therapist's program is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery.
We believe the individualized "hands on" approach at Elite PT is of tremendous value to our patients. Therapeutic exercise, functional training, and patient education are the other cornerstones of a physical therapist's treatment.
Is my therapist licensed?
All physical therapists have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited School of Physical Therapy. Depending on the year of graduation, your therapist may have a master's or doctorate of physical therapy. All therapists must also be licensed to practice by their respective states.
What happens during my initial visit?
Your physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation and examination of your condition. Range of motion, strength, pain, functional capacity and work status will all be evaluated. Based on these findings an individualized treatment plant will be established. This usually included "hands on" manual techniques, exercise instruction and education regarding how your body works.
What do I need to bring with me?
All new patients need to bring in the following information for their first appointment:
- Completed New Patient Packet
- Completed Injury Assessment Questionnaire (specific to your injury)
- Current Health Insurance Card(s)
- Prescription from referring physician
- Any X-rays, MRIs or physician reports related to your injury
- Please make sure all forms are thoroughly read and completed.
- We request you arrive 10 minutes early to your first appointment if you have not completed your paperwork or if you need to change into appropriate attire.
- Patients are responsible for contacting their insurance company prior to their first appointment to verify their benefits for physical therapy.
How should I dress?
Generally most work out attire is appropriate for each physical therapy appointment. Below are more injury specific guidelines for what to wear.
Physical Therapy Attire:
- Low Back – Shorts and T-shirt
- Neck – Tank top
- Mid Back – T-shirt and shorts (sports bra for women)
- Upper Extremity – T-shirt
- Lower Extremity – Shorts
- Foot – Shorts, athletic shoes and previous orthotics (if applicable)
How long will each treatment session take?
Each treatment after your initial evaluation will be between 30 minutes and one hour in length. Our goal is to have each patient remain with the physical therapist that performed the initial evaluation so that the treatments reflect a level of consistency for each and every treatment. There are exceptions when some patients will be seen by a different physical therapist, but we do our best to have all of our patients remain with their primary physical therapist.
How many visits will I need?
This is highly variable. You may need one visit, or you may need multiple visits at a frequency to be determined following your initial evaluation. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, past medical history, etc. You will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and when you see your doctor, we will provide you with a progress report with our recommendations.
Does EPT accept insurance?
Elite PT LLC does accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare. Our Maryland location in Baltimore is also in-network with Johns Hopkins EHP Insurance. We accept most other insurances as an Out-of-Network provider. This means as a courtesy we will bill your insurance with your Out of Network benefits. Most insurance policies require you meet your annual deductible before they will cover a portion of services. Please contact your insurance customer service line to verify your benefits. Typically, there are no co pays with out of network benefits. Elite PT does accept workman’s compensation and automobile accident coverage. For further information please refer to the Billing and Insurance section of the website.
Does EPT accept Medicare?
Yes, Elite PT does accept Medicare. For further information please refer to the Billing and Insurance section of the website.
What will my insurance cover?
Each policy varies with the amount of coverage you may have. Please contact your insurance company to verify your specific policy in and out-of-network physical therapy benefits.
Will EPT submit my claims for me?
Elite PT LLC will submit all claims to the proper insurance carrier. You also have the option of self-claim submission at any time.