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Physical Therapy is a specialized area of healthcare which helps patients return to maximum physical function following injury, surgery or disease. Physical therapists are professionally trained and clinically licensed by the State of California. Our therapists specialize in treating muscular and/or joint related conditions. Physical therapists use passive and active therapies to treat patients. Passive therapies include heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, and joint mobilization. Active therapies include carefully monitored stretching, strengthening and other therapeutic exercise.
Comfortable clothing is recommended, like workout clothes or casual attire. Your attire should also allow you to easily access your injured area for treatment by your therapist.
Bring your prescription for physical therapy from your referring doctor, photo ID, and insurance cards. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on their first visit and Rehabilitation.
The frequency of your treatment will depend on your physician’s prescription and the plan of care developed by your therapist. Most patients require 2-3 times a week. The duration of your treatment will depend upon your injury and your personal progress.
Your first visit will be the longest visit, since you will be evaluated and receive treatment for your condition. This first visit could take about an hour and a half. The following visits will not be over one hour.
These are the preferred providers that we accept at Pritzl PT:
- ANTHEM BLUE CROSS
- BLUE SHIELD
- BEECH STREET
- FIRST HEALTH
- GREAT WEST HEALTHCARE
- PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS (PHCS)
When you schedule your initial appointment, our staff will verify your insurance coverage and physical therapy benefits.
Physical therapists are experts in movement and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder and a physical therapist can help relieve the pain. Physical therapists will teach you techniques and adaptations so you can establish self-help and problems solving skills. The physical therapist will evaluate you and determine the Plan of Care, which will be sent to your doctor for his approval. Different procedures, modalities, and exercises will be used.
The licensed physical therapist will take a brief medical history followed by an analysis of your muscle strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, mobility, and pain level. You will be asked to perform a variety of movements and assume different positions throughout this evaluation. After the physical therapist customizes your Plan of Care, treatment begins. This PT Evaluation and Plan of Care will be sent to your referring physician.