Do I need a physician's referral to see a physical therapist?
No. In the state of Georgia, you have direct access to a physical therapist. This means that you can see us without a physician's referral.
What is the difference between a PT and a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a health care professional that diagnoses, treats and assists in the prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine, as theoretically these disorders affect a patient's general health via the nervous system. A chiropractor's purpose is to restore function and stability to your spine. This is done by realigning the vertebrae in a patient's spine using spinal manipulation.
A physical therapist is a health professional that evaluates, diagnoses and provides treatment to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function throughout life. This includes providing treatment in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. A physical therapist evaluates the components of movement and develops an individualized program to decrease deficits and restore function. 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. Physical therapy treatment programs consist of education about the cause of the problem, "hands on" manual techniques and instructions in exercise to improve function.
What is a manipulation performed by a Physical Therapist?
A manipulation technique produces a cavitation, which is a popping sound a physical therapist believes that the joint is being taken past its physiologic end range in order to increase Range of Motion to a stiff or dysfunctional joint or vertebral segment.
What happens when my insurance runs out?
It is the job of the physical therapist to make sure that at the end of your rehabilitation program that you are independent enough that you can maintain your level of wellness and quality of life through a home exercise program created for you by your clinician.
What can physical therapists treat?
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What happens when my treatment is over?
At the end of your treatment you will be independent enough to maintain your level of wellness and quality of life through a prescribed home maintenance program of exercises.
What all is involved in my plan of care?
Physical therapy treatment programs consist of education about the cause of the problem, "hands on" manual techniques and instructions in exercise to improve function. These programs can include gait training, balance training, modalitites (tools like heat, ice and ultrasound used in therapy to optimize the process), stretches, strengthening exercise, manipulations and neuromuscular re-education (retraining your nerves and muscles to function together).
How long will it take before I start seeing results?
You should notice a change within 2 weeks of beginning therapy; however, conditions related to muscle weakness can take 3 to 4 weeks before noticing a significant change in muscle strength.
How long do appointments usually last and can I work around my busy schedule?
Appointments are typically 45 minutes to an hour and we will do everything possible to work around any scheduling limitations. All of our clinics are open until 8:00pm for your convenience.