Your Questions Answered
DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL?
At Spine & Sport Physical Therapy we are direct access providers. This means you can be treated at our facility without a referral from a physician. To learn more, give us a call at 540-868-9599.
WHAT TYPES OF HEALTH INSURANCE ARE YOU IN NETWORK WITH?
Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield
*If you do not see your insurance listed please give us a call 540-868-9599. You may be eligible for out-of-network benefits.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW PATIENT PROCEDURE?
Come in at least 20 minutes early to fill out new patient forms.
Downloading and having these forms filled out ahead of time will save you time.
Your first visit you should expect an evaluation of your present physical condition beginning with a thorough history, initial observations of your overall movement and posture, detailed measurements of your range of motion, strength, and functional impairments.
WHO WILL ADMINISTER MY TREATMENT SESSIONS?
Only a licensed physical therapist will administer your care. We do not utilize aides or physical therapy assistants. All of your care will be administered by the same individual who initially evaluated you. The only exceptions to this occur when alternative coverage is provided during a therapist’s personal time off, or when you are co-treated to accommodate your schedule or best address your physical needs.
HOW OFTEN AND HOW LONG WILL I NEED TREATMENT?
After a thorough initial evaluation the physical therapist should be able to give you a fair approximation of how frequent and for what duration you will need to be seen in order to achieve the stated goals. Patients are often seen 2 to 3 times weekly for 4-6 weeks and then a formal re-evaluation of progress is conducted.
HOW LONG WILL MY TREATMENT SESSIONS BE?
Your session will range from 30 minutes to one hour in length. We always strive to use your time wisely and maximize your health care dollar.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
On your first appointment you should arrive a few minutes early, with your initial paper work completed, allowing time for our receptionist to acquire any insurance information from you. You will be instructed which forms are necessary to complete when scheduling.
If you elect to complete your paper work at our office, please arrive 20 minutes early in order to have ample time to finish the forms prior to your appointment. In addition to your insurance information you should also bring your prescription from the doctor and any pertinent radiology and post-operative reports you may have in your possession. Also, if you have radiographs or MRI studies bringing them will allow the therapist a more complete understanding of the severity of your condition.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS FOR MY TREATMENT?
In terms of attire, you should wear or bring clothing which allows the involved body region to be exposed during examination and treatment. For patients with back problems that means shorts with elastic waist and a loose fitting t-shirt. For females with upper back, neck or shoulder problems you will need to wear a top with narrow t-straps and open shoulders or the equivalent of a sports bra. For your convenience we do provide halter tops, hospital gowns, shorts and t-shirts at the clinic if you prefer to use these.
WILL THERE BE ANY PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH TREATMENT?
Your initial examination will sometimes involve more movement in various ways than you have done in some time. As a result, you may be sore. How severe and how long lasting this is will be factored into your subsequent treatment. We have a vested interest in reducing and resolving your pain. To turn an old weight-room adage upside down, we will pursue “gain without pain”. You should expect discomfort at times and understand that not all pain is indicative of harm. We are sensitive to the fact that people respond differently to potentially painful stimuli and that those responses may vary depending on a host of factors. We will always respect any pain you have and try to help you find ways to find relief from the pain symptom. Some conditions unfortunately, require us to cause some mild pain in order to get some ultimate relief of pain and restoration of motion. In these cases we will communicate closely with you to ensure your treatment is not too uncomfortable and that your body’s subsequent reactions are appropriate.