FAQs

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Frequently Asked QUESTIONS

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy combines the science of healing with the art of caring. It is a hands-on approach to healthcare. Physical Therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it. While every patient’s pain is unique, the physical therapist may use various techniques to decrease your pain. As your pain decreases, the therapist will progress to stretching and strengthening exercises specific to your needs. The overall goal is to restore your mobility and function with improved joint protection to prevent the injury from reoccurring.

How do I know if Physical Therapy would help me?

Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy would be right for you. Talk to your doctor or contact Sawtooth PT to set up a free consultation.

What should I bring to my first visit?

  • A prescription for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA. A prescription is helpful, though not mandatory, depending on insurance type.
  • Insurance information (we will take a copy of your card)
  • In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any contact names, phone numbers and claim number.

Will it hurt?

As you restore mobility your pain levels often fluctuate. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. Pain is not what we consider “a normal part” of therapy. We expect each session to reduce you pain level and improve your overall function.

Does insurance cover my treatment?

Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, see our insurance page or, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Debit Cards). We are happy to discuss payment plan options, as well.

What do I wear?

Dress comfortably. We will supply shorts or gowns during your session if needed.

What can I expect my first visit?

The physical therapist will:

  • Complete your evaluation, which typically consists of getting a thorough past medical history and testing your functional movement, flexibility and strength; and
  • Initiate treatment to help eliminate pain and establish a unique and specific plan of care.

How long will my therapy sessions last?

Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 30 minutes to one hour & 15 minutes. The time will be based on your specific needs.

How many sessions will I have?

Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit.

What types of education/training do your therapists have?

Physical therapists have graduated from an accredited post baccalaureate program and passed their state board examination. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree.