Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is physical therapy?

    It is often called "hands on healing". We use revolutionary, fast-acting, progressive treatment techniques that produce astonishing results. No drugs, no side-effects and our patients love it!

  • How do I get started?

    At Advanced Physical Therapy, we have made it easy for you to get started. To start, simply call the office to schedule an appointment. In the state of Florida, one no longer needs a physician’s referral. Insurance covers most physical therapy, but each plan is unique and some require prior approval. Therefore, we ask that when calling the office to schedule your first appointment, be sure to have ready your primary physician's name and your insurance information.

  • What should I bring with me?

    For your first visit you will need your insurance card, a photo ID, and any paperwork that your physician asked you to take with you to physical therapy. Remember wear comfortable, loose clothing so that the area of your body that needs evaluated may be easily accessed.

  • What should I expect on my first visit?

    You should arrive about 15-20 minutes early to fill out some basic paperwork. On your first visit, your physical therapist will perform an examination to determine what deficits and/or problems you have that can be addressed in physical therapy. The examination involves a thorough injury history and tests and measures that allow the physical therapist to get a more specific understanding of your condition. Your physical therapist will make a clinical judgment as to your diagnosis and prognosis.A treatment program will be developed aimed at resolving the problems identified. You will receive treatment and pain prevention training on your first appointment. Your first appointment will last approximately 60 minutes.

  • What type of treatment will I receive?

    All physical therapy treatments are carefully tailored to the individual needs of each patient. The specific treatments to be performed will be determined by the treating physical therapist at the time of your initial evaluation and will be modified appropriately as your condition progresses. Treatment may include: Joint Mobilization: The application of movement to a joint for the purpose of increasing motion and flexibility. This technique is most often used to reduce pain. Soft Tissue Mobilization: The application of movement and force to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and other soft tissue for the purpose of promoting healing and normalization. Often used to reduce pain and spasm as well as increase tissue mobility. Pressure Point Release: The application of point specific pressure to muscles that are actively in spasm or causing pain. Used to normalize muscle length and function as well as reduce pain. Therapeutic Exercise: The active process of strengthening and balancing the musculoskeletal system to increase stability around joints and promote normalized, functional movement. Physical Therapists are the leading experts in helping individuals get fit and strong safely. Therapeutic Activities: The integration of functional movement into the rehabilitation process in order to regain the ability to correct one’s posture, normalize one’s balance, and complete one’s typical daily skills without pain or symptoms. Modalities: The use of equipment such as ice packs, moist heat packs and infrared cold laser in adjunct with the techniques described above for the purpose of increasing healing and decreasing pain.

  • I’ve heard the treatment is painful.  Is this true?

    Contrary to popular belief, most of physical therapy feels good. Massage, heat and soft tissue work are all pain free. The reputation comes from physical therapist trying to push the body to its limits in order to get 100% recovery. Rest assured that the physical therapist will work well within your tolerance.

  • Will I have a different therapist each time?

    No. We feel that it is very important that each patient remains in the care of only one individual Physical Therapist and their Physical Therapy Assistant. This insures excellent continuity of care, as well as detailed knowledge of a patient's history and progress.

  • How long will each appointment last?

    Each appointment is scheduled for at least half of an hour of one-on-one time with your physical therapist. However, your appointment may last longer than that if it is indicated for you to receive additional exercise or modalities such as ice or infrared cold laser at the end of your appointment.

  • How much will each visit cost me?

    Physical therapy is typically covered by your health insurance. We participate with most insurance plans and accept personal injury protection auto insurance and attorney letters of protection. The cost of each session varies from $5 to $55 depending on your insurance plan. If you are uninsured, or you have a concern about paying your co-pay at the time of service, we have affordable payment plans for as low as $20 per week. We accept check, cash, or credit card payments.

    You can afford it - GUARANTEED!

  • Is there a limit to the number of visits I am allowed?

    Recently, the trend of insurance companies is to limit the number of visits. However, this is individual according to your plan and there are usually avenues of appeal.

  • Is privacy maintained?

    Yes, your privacy in conversation and in dress is most certainly maintained in two private rooms. Sports rehabilitation and functional training may be performed in the therapy area of our state-of-the-art fitness center.

  • Is there contact between the physician and physical therapist?

    At our facility a progress note will be written to your physician before your next visit or once every 4 weeks. If the physician has any concerns, there are direct channels to reach us.

  • What makes us different from all of the other physical therapists in the area?

    Our individualized care and quality of staff is unmatchable. We are dedicated to resolving your problems in an environment that is welcoming and relaxed. Patients receive personalized care from a licensed physical therapist, not an assembly line atmosphere. We treat each and every patient on an individual basis. Advanced Physical Therapy of Central Florida is the partner you need to ensure a complete recovery.

  • What is the 100% Money Back Guarantee?

    If you are not completely satisfied with your care simply let us know and we’ll refund your payments. No questions, no hassles, no problem.*

     

    Insurance patients do not qualify for refund due to strict federal and state insurance laws.

     

    *Refund request form must be completed. Download HERE.

  • Do you offer any Self-Help tips?

    Take Frequent Breaks

    Change positions regularly to give your muscles the rest needed to support you better when you return. If you’re sitting, stand up. If you’re bending over, stand and arch backward. A 60 second break every 20 minutes is ideal. Walk 30-minutes briskly on a flat surface. It’s important to keep your body’s circulation working well. This helps to increase healing. If pain arises take breaks as needed.

     

    Apply Ice.  Should your pain become severe, apply ice to the area for 20 minutes. Do not put directly on the skin.

     

    Do not sit longer than 15 consecutive minutes.

     

    Use foot ease, curb, etc. for one leg during prolonged standing to lower pressure on your back.

     

    Sleep on your side with pillows below the knees or on back with pillows under your knees.

     

    Move little and often. You may not feel the effects of what you are doing until later in the day or after you have gone to bed.

     

    Avoid heavy lifting or pushing (supermarket trolleys can be particularly painful).

     

    When dressing, sit down to put on clothing such as your knickers or trousers. Pull the clothing over your feet and then stand up to pull them up. Don’t try to put your legs into trousers, skirts or knickers whilst standing up.

     

    When climbing stairs, go up them one step at a time. Step up onto one step with your best leg and then bring your other leg to meet it. Repeat with each step.

     

    Avoid swimming breaststroke if you can and take care with other strokes. Swimming can often feel like it is helping whilst you are in the water but cause an increase in pain when you get out.

     

    Cut down on stimulants e.g. nicotine and caffeine as they aggravate pain.

     

    Women and Pregnancy

    Performing regular pelvic floor exercises and lower abdominal exercises can help to reduce the strain of the pregnancy on your pelvis. To perform a safe and easy lower abdominal exercise, get down onto your hands and knees and level your back so that it is roughly flat. Breathe in and then as you breathe out, perform a pelvic floor exercise and at the same time pull your belly button in and up. Hold this contraction for 5-10 seconds without holding your breath and without moving your back. Relax the muscles slowly at the end of the exercise.

     

    Use a pillow between your legs when sleeping; body pillows are a great investment!

     

    Keep your legs and hips as parallel/symmetrical as possible when moving or turning in bed.

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By Lester Hammond

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