Common Questions

What is Physical Therapy about?

Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed health care professionals who specialize in movement and function. Accidents, injuries, surgeries, diseases, chronic pain and even prolonged inactivity can greatly affect your body's physical health and your ability to function well. As rehabilitation specialists, PTs carefully examine each individual and develop a specific plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.

What should I bring with me to my first appointment?

Please bring our required paperwork (see Helpful Forms tab), your prescription for therapy (if you have one) and your insurance card. We also recommend bringing 
any records you feel are pertinent such as X-ray or MRI reports, and a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so that you can complete the registration process. If you have not filled out the necessary paperwork, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

What should I wear?

We highly recommend you wear or bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to our appointments because you may be stretching or exercising. We also need to be able to access your area of injury (for evaluation and for treatment) so please dress accordingly. As for footwear, we suggest comfortable, closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to your first appointment.

How long does each visit take?

We generally schedule our appointments an hour apart. You may not need the entire hour, however, as it will depend on your unique situation. You can discuss this with your therapist at your evaluation.

How long will I need physical therapy?

There are many factors that influence your recovery. Some conditions can be resolved or greatly improved with just a few visits, where others may require months of rehab. In your evaluation, you and your therapist can discuss your goals and the factors that most influence your personal situation. Our mission is to help you recover quickly and effectively. We want to build a better you and get you back to the things that matter most!

When should I start seeing improvement?

Again there are many factors that will influence your recovery, and you can discuss this with your therapist. If at any point you feel like you are not progressing at a satisfactory rate, we will collaborate with you and consider modifying your treatment plan. We will always do our best to keep you informed about your progress.

Will you keep in contact with my doctor? 

After your initial evaluation, we will send a copy of our examination to your doctor. We also send progress notes at regular intervals. It is helpful to coordinate our reports with your doctor appointments so please keep us informed any upcoming appointments.   

Will I see the same physical therapist every time?

We understand the importance of good continuity in your care. Yes, you will work with the same therapist at every appointment.

Does my insurance pay for therapy?

Generally, most insurance plans include physical therapy benefits. Your exact benefits will depend on your specific plan, and you may be responsible for some of the charges such as a copay or deductible. We will help you learn about your benefits but we also recommend that you inquire about your coverage by calling the customer service number listed on your insurance card. Refer to Rates and Insurance tab for specific questions to ask. 

Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy?

Washington state is a direct access state, which means anyone can go to a physical therapist without a prescription. However, your insurance company may require you to have a prescription or authorization in order for services to be covered. The prescription can usually be signed by an MD, DO, ARNP, PA or chiropractor. This is information we, or you, will verify with your insurance company.