As a premier provider of physical and occupational therapy in the community for more than 10 years, Chautauqua PT, OT & SLP Professionals has helped patients improve function and relieve pain through individualized treatment programs.
Physical and occupational therapists evaluate and treat the underlying cause of a person's dysfunction. A therapist, working in conjunction with other medical professionals, utilizes conservative and non-invasive procedures. Restoring health and eliminating pain are the goals of successful therapy.
Question: Do I need a prescription from my doctor to attend physical therapy?
Answer: In many instances, a person can attend physical therapy without a prescription from a physician. New York state currently operates under the Direct Access Law. This means that a physical therapist with three years clinical experience can evaluate and treat a patient without a physician referral for 30 days or 10 consecutive visits.
If symptoms persist, a physician referral will be needed for care to continue. Prior to the initial evaluation, insurance benefits will be verified to ensure direct access benefits. Each insurance plan is different, so patients are encouraged to know their benefits regarding physical therapy and contact their insurance company if they have questions.
One exception to the Direct Access Law is Medicare. Medicare does require a prescription from a physician prior to beginning physical therapy. Direct Access patients who have sustained a recent trauma - such as from a fall - or whose pain suggests a non-mechanical origin will be referred to their physician.
Question: Can I choose the clinic I attend for physical therapy?
Answer: Yes, you can choose where you would like to attend physical therapy. It is important to verify the clinic of your choice accepts your insurance plan. You can either contact your insurance company for a list of providers or call the clinic of your choice.
Question: How do I know if I have physical therapy benefits?
Answer: It is best to contact your insurance company if you have questions regarding physical therapy benefits. Many insurance companies have Web addresses where you can search your benefits by plan or view a list of accepting providers for services.
Question: Can I attend physical therapy if I do not have benefits for therapy in my insurance plan?
Answer: Yes, you can attend physical therapy without having insurance benefits. Many clinics allow you to pay out of pocket for services. Often there is a fee for the initial evaluation and for each subsequent visit. Price will often vary by clinic.
Question: How long will I need to attend physical therapy?
Answer: After your initial evaluation, your physical therapist will discuss your diagnosis, plan of care and likely duration of treatment. Time spent in therapy will depend on your diagnosis, pain level and current symptoms.
It is impossible to know exactly how long it will take for your symptoms to resolve. It is common for patients to spend 6 to 8 weeks in physical therapy. Surgical patients will often attend physical therapy 12 weeks or more depending on the surgery performed.
We commonly treat orthopedic problems such as back, neck, shoulder, knee, ankle and wrist pain as well as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We see patients post-automobile and/or work injury. We offer post-operative rehabilitation and treat stroke and neurological dysfunction as well.
Chautauqua PT, OT & SLP Professionals is a progressive outpatient clinic in the Riverwalk Center. Our therapists are highly trained, caring and professional. We offer free consultations, accept most insurance and have convenient hours. Call us at 488-2322 to schedule a free consultation today.
You may submit your questions to be answered to Judi Goerke, Chautauqua PT, OT & SLP Professionals, 15 S. Main St., Suite 220, Jamestown, NY 14701 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Please remember that not all questions can be answered here but will be answered if a return address is supplied.