Do I need a referral from a physician to be seen by
a Physical Therapist?
A: A physician referral is not required for you to be
evaluated and treated by a Physical
Therapist. Unfortunately, most insurance plans require
a current written prescription
from a treating physician in order for treatments to
be paid by insurance.
Q: What is the cost to receive physical therapy
A: Cost will vary depending on the type of treatment
provided and is addressed on an
individual basis. Payment for care may be obtained by
personal payment, insurance-
either in-network or out-of-network, workman’s
compensation insurance, liability or
motor vehicle insurance, or medicare. Our office will
provide billing and assistance
with pre-authorization to obtain physical therapy. Amounts paid and the number of
visits allowed varies and depends on the type of insurance
you may have in place.
Q: Will my insurance pay for care at your clinic?
A: You should always check with your own insurance carrier
and discuss the
findings with our office staff. We also will call and
check coverage and provide that
information to you before beginning any therapy. We
are in-network providers to
most major insurance companies, and can also provide
for any out of network benefits.
Q: How many times will I come for physical
A: This will vary depending on your needs as identified
by the referring physician
and physical therapist under a plan of care. Usually,
you will be treated 2 to 3 times per
week, but may vary from 1 time per week to five times
per week. Treatment may be
requested for one visit or for therapy to last one week
to multiple weeks duration.
Additional or less treatment will be provided depending
on your progress
with treatment. If you have limited or no insurance
coverage please discuss your
concerns with our front office staff. Many times your
physical therapist can modify
a plan of care that will work for all involved.
Q: How long will each visit last?
A: Most treatments last approximately 60 minutes depending
on the type of treatments
provided. Plan at least 15 minutes longer for your initial
treatment to complete
necessary paperwork. Adjustments in time can also be
made depending on your needs
and tolerance levels.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Comfortable clothing appropriate for the type of
treatment provided. This will be
discussed with you during your initial visit. For a
lower extremity treatment, you may
want to wear sweat pants or shorts so that the knee
or leg may be viewed and
Q: Does it matter if a referral is made on
another clinic’s prescription pad?
A: No. It is your choice to receive physical therapy
at the clinic of your choice.
Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Call us at 775-784-1999 (University Office) or 775-823-5350
(Longley Office). You also can use our Appointment Request
Form or you are always welcome to stop by our office
in person to schedule your appointment.