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Treatment will consist of a variety of hands-on joint and soft tissue treatment techniques, specific exercises and pain reducing modalities.  The goal is to restore function and relieve pain.  You will be prescribed a condition specific home exercise program and educated in ways to speed recovery and prevention.

FAQ’s  for New Patients

Welcome to Advanced Physical Therapy Center

ALL TREATMENT IS PROVIDED BY A LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST UTILIZING ONE- TO- ONE “HANDS ON” CARE .

Most likely, you have been referred to Advanced Physical Therapy Center by your physician. Although NC does allow direct access to see a physical therapist, your insurance may require you to be referred by your physician.

The goal of this webpage is to help you learn more about how our services can help you. It will also answer many of the questions that new patients frequently have.

What does a physical therapist do?

Should I ask my Doctor to refer me if I think I may need therapy?

Do I need a referral for physical therapy?

What can I expect on my first visit?

What type of treatment will I receive?

How long will each visit last?

When should I start physical therapy?

What is your financial policy?

What information do I need to bring with me?

What is Physical Therapy utilizing osteopathic principles?

 

What does a physical therapist do?

We are experts at evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. We are specifically trained to improve your mobility, strength, function and relieve pain. Physical Therapist’s help a person recover from an injury, surgery and aid in the recovery from a disease process or illness. At Advanced Physical Therapy Center, we use joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques, exercise, heat, ice, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound to improve your condition. All treatment is provided by highly skilled licensed physical therapists.

Should I ask my doctor to refer me if I think I may need therapy?

Definitely. If you have a problem that could be helped by physical therapy ask your doctor for a referral. You are also free to choose which physical therapist to receive treatment from.

Do I need a referral for physical therapy?

In NC, you are allowed to see a Physical Therapist without a physician's referral.  Although direct access to physical therapy is available, you  many insurance companies including Medicare require a referral. This referral may come from an MD, Physician Assistant, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. It’s best if you check with your insurance company to determine whether or not you are required to have a referral for coverage.

What to Expect on Your First Visit.

The first visit will consist of your physical therapist performing a detailed (thorough) evaluation of the problem. This includes a history, strength and flexibility tests and measurements, postural and movement analysis and palpation to determine muscular and joint involvement. Ongoing assessment of these problems continue throughout your treatment. Following the evaluation, these findings are discussed with you and a treatment plan is developed to reach your goals. At that point, treatment is initiated.   All of your treatment is provided by highly skilled licensed physical therapists.

Tip

At every visit, wearing loose comfortable clothing is ideal for doing exercises.

What type of treatment will I receive?

Treatment will consist of a variety of hands-on joint and soft tissue treatment techniques, specific exercises and pain reducing modalities. The goal is to restore function and relieve pain. You will be prescribed a condition specific home exercise program and educated in ways to speed recovery and prevention.

How long will each visit last?

Plan on the first session lasting about 1 -1 ½ hours. Each subsequent visit will last 45 min. to 1 hour.

When should I start physical therapy?

Ideally, as early as possible. This will help prevent the problem (dysfunction) from becoming chronic and prevent future problems. This can also decrease the length of time you may require treatment.

Anytime you have a problem that keeps you from participating in activities or performing functions you are accustomed to, you might benefit from seeing a physical therapist. Some of the most common reasons people come to Advanced Physical Therapy Center for treatment include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder, arm, wrist, or hand problems
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Posture problems, including scoliosis
  • Knee, ankle, or foot problems
  • Leg problems
  • Sprains,
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury (e.g. work, auto, sports)
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Sacroiliac problems
  • Fitness and Wellness education

What is your financial policy?  

What information do I need to bring with me?

What is Physical Therapy utilizing osteopathic principles?

At Advanced Physical Therapy Center, both traditional physical therapy and an osteopathic philosophy are utilized. Osteopathy is not a set of techniques, but a philosophy of treatment. A.T. Still first proposed osteopathy in 1874. He established the principles of osteopathy which involved five concepts. First, the body functions as a whole. Second, the body has an ability to recover from disease. The role of the manual medicine practitioner is to enhance recovery. Third, the musculoskeletal system is an integral part of the total body and alterations in it will affect the health of the body and its ability to recover. Fourth, structure and function are interrelated. Structure controls function and function influences structure. And finally, the use of manual therapy would enhance the body’s maximal functional capacity which will assist in recovery and enhance a level of wellness.

Physical Therapists treat musculoskeletal problems or dysfunctions. The musculoskeletal system is said to comprise 60 % of the body. At Advanced Physical Therapy Center, we believe and understand that the musculoskeletal system is an important and interrelated part of total body function. Alterations in the musculoskeletal system can influence the rest of the body. The body is constantly responding to internal and external stimuli through reflex neural pathways. These neural pathways can lead to problems in the musculoskeletal system and/or organ systems.

A disturbance of the body circulation will lead to problems. This decrease in circulation will affect the delivery of oxygen and other substances as well as the removal of waste products which then affect the cells of the body. Circulation to the cells can be affected by alterations in structure or posture, increases in fascial tightness, and changes in neural reflexes. The musculoskeletal system needs to operate at its peak level to allow the utmost level of circulatory function and therefore optimal cellular function.

The musculoskeletal system utilizes a great deal of the body’s energy. Any increase in activity will require the internal organs to deliver additional energy to sustain the movement. If dysfunction is present, the musculoskeletal system will require more energy to perform daily activities. An example of increased energy expenditure is with a knee problem. Because of this dysfunction, energy expenditure will increase up to 40% during normal walking. When a person has multiple minor restrictions of movement, the ability to perform general activities will affect total body function and require increased level of energy to perform functional tasks.

The goal of treatment is to enhance the body’s own mechanisms to recover and achieve the highest level of function.