Your First Visit at Physical Therapy
Is this your first visit to a physical therapist or TEAM Physical Therapy? No worries! We’ve already answered all your questions about your initial visit, right down to what to wear, what to bring, and what paperwork to fill out. If your question isn’t answered below, feel free to call us to discuss any concerns you have about your first visit.
What is involved in an initial examination?
An initial examination involves a licensed physical therapist examining the problem area and developing an effective, customized treatment plan. During this initial consultation, the patient will be asked various questions regarding how the injury took place and the type of symptoms present.
What should I bring to my first physical therapy appointment?
The first time you come to TEAM Physical Therapy, you will need to bring your insurance card, the prescription for treatment from your physician, and a copay, if necessary. Worker compensation claim number or contact person, X-rays, or MRI reports are appreciated.
How long does a physical therapy session last?
Plan on a minimum of one hour for your initial visit. Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork or you can fill it out prior to your appointment by downloading the forms from our website.
What should I wear to my physical therapy appointments?
You should wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement, like a T-shirt and shorts and tennis shoes or they are available at TEAM Physical Therapy.
How often will I need physical therapy?
The frequency of your physical therapy sessions will be determined after your initial evaluation and varies for each patient.
Who should attend?
Anyone of any age can receive physical therapy. Patients under 19 years of age will need a parent with them on their first appointment.
What insurance policies do you accept?
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. You’ll find a list of common network insurance providers we accept here. If you don’t see your provider on the list, call our office to verify your provider’s participation at TEAM Physical Therapy.
Do I need a doctor’s prescription?
No and yes. In Nebraska there is what is known as a direct access law, which means you do not have to have a physician’s prescription to be treated for physical therapy; however, your insurance company may still require a prescription before they will agree to pay for the treatment. Make sure to check with your insurance company as to whether they require a physician’s order for physical therapy. We work closely with area physicians to make your health care a priority.