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Choose PT first!
Who are physical therapists?Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. - from the American Physical Therapy Association Ultimately PTs are movement problem solvers. We get you back to doing the activities you love!
Do I need a referral to see a physical therapist?Nope! In California you can see a physical therapist without a referral from your physician. If care needs to extend past 45 calendar days or 12 visits (whichever come first) you will be referred back to your physician for an office visit and to have your physical therapist's plan of care signed. Some insurance plans require a referral (sometimes called a prescription) in order to cover physical therapy. Please contact your plan to determine if this is required.
How do I have a good virtual visit?-Using a cell phone or laptop is preferred over a desktop computer as I may need you to move the camera to see the full body. -Ask other member of the house to not be downloading or streaming to other digital devices so your connection will not be slowed down! -Dress in comfortable clothing that you can easily move in. -Have all pets in another room so they don’t distract you -Find a space that is clear, about 3 feet around you; remove all rugs or furniture if possible. -Have good lighting either with a floor lamp next to you, be near a window during the day, or good overhead lighting. -If possible, ask someone in the home to help hold the camera if needed. -For any activities that may require balance, you may want to have a counter, couch or other heavy furniture for support that is at waist height. -Find a space that is quiet -Have exercise gear nearby. Take a deep breath and know you’re getting good care right in the comfort of your home!
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