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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What to expect on your first visit?
    • A friendly and professional greeting upon your arrival.
    • A request for your first arrival to be at least 15 minutes early to ensure you have time to complete the necessary paperwork.
    • Following, an explanation of your health insurance benefits and or what is required per your case, co payments, and limitations, etc.
    • You will then be seen for your Initial Evaluation with a Licensed Physical Therapist.
    • The Therapist will discuss with you your medical history and any current problems and complaints you are having.
    • The Therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
      • Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
      • Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions
      • Muscle Testing - the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
      • Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
      • Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and to each other may be assessed.

    The Therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are experiencing, and how to treat those problems. A plan of care will be developed with your input and as per your prescription. This will include the recommended times per week you should continue physical therapy and the extent for which the treatment should last. We have a wide variety of exercises and treatments for many different injuries. Some of the commonly treated injuries are listed below.

    • Head, Neck, and Back
      • Neck sprains/strains
      • Herniated discs
      • Postural problems or pain
      • Post surgical
      • Balance problems or frequent fall
    • Upper extremity injuries
      • Rotator cuff sprains, strains, tears, or post surgical
      • Humeral fractures
      • Tennis elbow
      • Carpal tunnel syndrome
      • Wrist sprain/strain
      • Finger/hand lacerations or injuries
    • Lower extremity injuries
      • Sciatic nerve pain
      • Hamstring/quadriceps pain, strains, or tears
      • Knee strain, sprain, ligament, or meniscal injuries
      • Post surgical
      • Calf strains
      • Achilles tendonitis
      • Ankle sprains and fractures
      • Heel pain or spurs
  2. Will my insurance cover physical therapy?

    Although most insurance companies do cover physical therapy, specific coverage may vary greatly between insurers. Please review the list of participating insurance companies on our website, and if you still have questions regarding your specific insurance, give us a call at your convenience.

  3. How is my progress measured?

    Because your therapist will perform a meticulous evaluation, it is possible to measure your progress via objective measurements, as well as your subjective reports. You will be re-examined based on your diagnosis, progressions or regressions as needed to ensure that we are providing you the best possible service. We will also re-evaluate your condition as needed to update any other medical providers involved in your care. We will need to be advised of all physician appointments in order to adequately communicate with them.

  4. How should I dress?

    You should wear loose fitting clothing so the area that we will be evaluating and treating can be exposed. You may want to wear or bring shorts if we are treating an ankle or knee.

  5. How long will my visit last?

    The first visit includes the initial evaluation and takes about one hour. Each follow-up visit will take between 45 minutes to an hour or more depending on your condition.

  6. How many visits will I need?

    This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need months of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, etc. You will be re-evaluated regularly and we will provide a progress report for your doctor with our recommendations.

  7. Can I use my prescription to go to any physical therapy center?

    Yes, in most cases you are able to go to the physical therapy provider of your choice. ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY has 4 locations – in Laurel, Clinton, Frederick, and Germantown. All are conveniently located off major roads/intersections and offer free parking.

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