Frequently Asked Questions
“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” – Joseph Pilates
What is Physical Therapy?
How does the Physical Therapy treatment process work?
What diagnoses can be helped with Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy can be effective in helping with a range of conditions and impairments, including:
- Back pain
- Fitness injury
- Knee pain
- Neurological diseases – MS, Parkinson’s, etc.
- Overuse injuries, such as tennis elbow
- Post-surgical pain
- Shoulder pain
- Sprains, strains, fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- …And many more!
What is the most effective treatment for back pain?
A wide range of interventions can be used to alleviate symptoms and restore function in patients with lower back pain. Clinical research has not indicated that one mode of treatment is necessarily superior to others.
Recent research, however, shows that if patients with lower back pain are placed in subgroups based on a cluster of signs and symptoms, one treatment approach does consistently demonstrate greater efficacy over others. Examples of treatment options include manipulation, stabilization, specific exercises, and traction.
What makes your Physical Therapy different from others in your area?
Unlike many Physical Therapy practices, our appointments are never overlapped or simultaneously scheduled. This allows for individualized treatment and a greater focus on each patient’s needs and goals.
A blend of traditional Physical Therapy and Pilates-based techniques enables a truly global approach to rehabilitation and prevention.
Do I need a referral from my physician to see a Physical Therapist?
No. In New Jersey, people have direct access to the services of Physical Therapists without the need for a referral.
However, some insurance plans do require a physician’s referral for the services to be reimbursable. Always check with your insurance company. For services rendered under Medicare, a physician’s referral is required.
How long is an appointment?
What should I wear to my Physical Therapy appointments?
You should wear comfortable clothing that allows unrestricted movement.
What do I need to bring to my first Physical Therapy appointment?
For your first visit, please bring your insurance card, your prescription or referral from your physician (if you have one), and a copay if necessary.
What insurance policies do you accept?
How many sessions of Physical Therapy will I need?
This will vary for each patient. Some patients only require initial instruction and education to manage their condition and then one or two follow-up visits. Others, such as those with post-surgical or chronic conditions, usually require more consistent care lasting for at least several weeks.
Do I need to bring my MRI or X-Rays?
What can I expect on my first Physical Therapy appointment?
You should arrive a few minutes early for your appointment to complete the necessary paperwork. It is important that you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move without restriction for the evaluation.
Your evaluation will last approximately one hour and will include a review of your medical history and current complaints, your goals and expectations, as well as an assessment of your posture and movement. In most cases, you will be given some home exercises to help accelerate your recovery.
Where can I park?
Parking is available in the parking lot behind the facility.
"After several sessions with Anna, my lower back pain started to subside, and I was significantly stronger."
Ian Loew, Age 45
"I've been working with physical therapists for years, but it wasn't until I started weaving pilates into my weekly PT did I notice an improvement with my sciatica.'
Kelly Jump, Age 51
"What a difference. Now I'm a believer!"
Susan Holmes, Age 48