Where can I learn more about physical therapy?
For more information on the field of physical therapy,
please visit the APTA's Move Forward Website ».
What can a physical therapist help me accomplish?
Physical therapists are movement specialists. They help to restore and maintain appropriate mobility, strength, and stability to accomplish the things you need/want to do in your daily life. Whether you are looking to improve your performance of household tasks, work duties or sporting goals a physical therapist is the specialist for you. A physical therapist is the health care professional of choice for orthopedic, neurologic, cardiopulmonary and many other conditions and injuries.
What is the educational requirement to become a physical therapist?
Current regulations state that an entry level physical therapist must hold at least a Master’s degree to sit for national licensure. A physical therapist today must complete a Bachelor’s degree and then enter a physical therapy school, which is typically an additional 2 to 3 years. The average physical therapist will have 6.5 – 7 years of schooling under their belt before entering the workforce. The latest trend in physical therapy education is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Currently more than 90% of physical therapy schools are graduating students that are Doctors of Physical Therapy.
Does physical therapy always hurt?
No. At Kevin Snider Physical Therapy we acknowledge that some conditions have pain associated with them, but make every effort to ensure your comfort. Unfortunately we are not always able to fully avoid pain, but do our best to make sure that activities/procedures are tolerable. We have many tricks up our sleeve to alleviate or minimize discomfort & pain.
What do I have to do to see a physical therapist?
Current California law states that a physical therapist is allowed to treat an injury that has been “diagnosed” by a diagnostician (physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, chiropractor, etc). If you have a diagnosed injury you can be seen by a physical therapist. However, to bill your insurance you must have a referral. Your physician must provide you with a referral for therapy if they believe that you would benefit from physical therapy intervention. Some insurance companies have stipulations regarding who they will accept as a referring provider, please feel free to call if you have questions about this process.
I have my referral, what is the next step?
Call our office or stop by with your referral. We will set up an initial appointment for evaluation with one of our physical therapists. Our physical therapist will examine you and develop an individual plan of care integrating a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
Do I get to choose where I go for physical therapy?
Yes. You do have the right to choose where you go for physical therapy. Your doctor may have a preference regarding which therapy clinic you go to; however, the ultimate decision is yours. Selecting the right therapy clinic for your needs can be a difficult decision. Please feel free to call or stop by our facility if you have questions, and we would be happy to discuss possible treatment options with you.
How long do I have to be in physical therapy?
Unfortunately there are not specific timelines for a course of physical therapy. The length of your program will depend on a variety of factors. The important thing is that we will do our best to ensure that you get the therapy that you require to get back to your prior level of function. A patient will typically have from one to three visits in our clinic per week. Visits will generally last about an hour.
Can a physical therapist help to alleviate pain?
In many cases, yes! A physical therapist is trained in use of modalities, stretching, and hands-on techniques that have been shown to reduce or alleviate pain symptoms. While a physical therapist does not typically treat pain alone, we strive to localize the source of pain and direct treatment accordingly. Our skilled physical therapists use a well-rounded approach to help to reduce pain and diminish the root cause of the pain symptom.
Will physical therapy help me to avoid surgery?
Physical therapy has been shown to avoid or postpone painful and costly surgical intervention for many conditions. If you are considering surgery, we encourage you to discuss your options with one of our knowledgeable & friendly physical therapists.
Is physical therapy covered by my health insurance?
Yes. Physical therapy services are covered by most insurance groups when accompanied by physician referral. Please see our “Insurance” page for more information on this subject.
Is physical therapy for people of all ages?
At Kevin Snider Physical Therapy we provide physical therapy services for all age groups from infants to seniors. Our trained staff is prepared to address individual needs of all age groups and direct treatment accordingly.