FAQ for Orthopedics
How long will my appointments be?
We work with you in a small, intimate environment. Each visit will be about 60 minutes.
If this is your first appointment with us, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to address insurance and billing processes with our office staff and to complete new patient paperwork.
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What should I bring with me to my appointments?
On the first visit, please bring your insurance card, photo identification and prescription (if you were referred to us by a doctor.)
If your prescription is more than 30 days old, please call your physician and have them fax a script to our office at 773-3303.*
*Please note, we only take cash, check or Health Savings Account cards.
How often will I have P.T. sessions?
In general, a treatment plan includes 2 to 4 sessions per week. During each session, our experienced physical therapists will work manually with you and guide you through a program tailored for you and your needs.Whether you suffer from a chronic condition or injury, or are recovering from surgery, our skilled therapists will work with you to lessen pain and speed healing and strengthening.
What sets you apart from other PT offices?
With our intimate setting, we really get to know our patients and develop personal connections with them. Because of this, our office is a warm, welcoming environment where we have fun - after all, laughter is the best medicine!
Our therapists have decades of experience which allows them to create a program designed specifically for your body, your pain level and your tolerance.
What should I wear to my appointments?
We will be stretching, exercising and working manually with you during your appointments. We suggest that you bring or wear athletic clothing or other clothing in which you are comfortable and can move without restriction. Please also make sure your clothing allows us to assess and evaluate your area(s) of injury. We suggest wearing sneakers or other closed-toed shoes that are comfortable and supportive. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How do I make my next appointment?
Please be sure to check in and out with our friendly office staff each visit. They will schedule you for your follow-up appointment.
FAQ FOR PELVIC FLOOR
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor muscles are part of the inner unit core musculature. Specifically, they are a sling of muscles that attach from the pubic bone to the sacrum, supporting the bladder, uterus, and the rectum.
How do I know my muscles are too tight?
You may have muscles that are too tight if you have some of the following symptoms:
Urinary frequency, urgency, or hesitancy
Stopping and starting of the urine stream
Constipation, straining or pain with bowel movements
Pain during or after intercourse
Uncoordinated muscle contractions causing the pelvic floor muscles to spasm
If you have the above symptoms, Kegel exercises may not be the answer! Consultation with a pelvic health physical therapist will help to provide you with appropriate treatments and exercises.
What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is caused by weak or tight pelvic floor muscles, or some combination thereof. When these muscles are too weak (hypotonic), they contribute to incontinence and organ prolapse. When these muscles are too tight (hypertonic), they may cause pelvic pain or frequency of the bladder and/or bowels.
What is pelvic health physical therapy?
Specialized physical therapy is indicated as the first line of defense for a range of pelvic floor dysfunctions. The research presented by the Crochrane Collaboration (2010) concluded that specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, which specifically uses internal examination and treatment, should be considered prior to surgical consultation for symptoms of unusual urgency and mixed incontinence.
Do I need to Kegel?
Kegel exercises have long been the classic prescription for pelvic floor dysfunction. However, they are not necessarily the right answer, especially when pelvic floor muscles are too tight, rather than unresponsive and weak.
Do I need a referral from my doctor for pelvic floor consultation?
Pelvic floor physical therapists work with other members of your healthcare team, including your family physician, obstetrician, and urogynecologist. A doctor's referral is required for consultation with a pelvic floor physical therapist.