FAQ's - Physical Therapy

What insurance do you accept? Will my insurance cover P.T.?

Yes, most insurances cover physical therapy, but the specifics of what they cover varies depending on the provider and plan. We accept most insurances, including: Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Medicare, and Workman’s Compensation. We also have special rates for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. If you have a question about whether or not our clinic is in-network or not, please contact your insurance provider, or feel free to contact our office: 805-688-5000.

Is it okay to initiate physical therapy on my own, or should I ask my doctor to refer me to physical therapy?

If you have a problem that you think can be helped with physical therapy, feel free to give us a call! California is a direct access state—that means you may obtain physical therapy services directly on your own without a physician's referral. However, you may also give your doctor a call and request a referral to physical therapy.

What should I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, please be sure to arrive 15 minutes early to the complete the necessary patient forms. your physical therapist will perform an examination that involves: a thorough history, a systems review, and tests and measures to help the therapist to get a more specific understanding of your condition. Your physical therapist will make a clinical judgment as to your diagnosis and prognosis, and then develop a treatment program aimed at resolving the problems identified. On this first visit, the clinician will begin to provide initial treatment for your condition.

What should I wear?

We strongly recommend wearing clothes that you would use to exercise in—clothes that are easy to move in, and allow the therapists to easily treat the site of your pain, discomfort, or injury. If you are coming for a knee-leg-ankle-foot problem, shorts are important. You can bring clothing with you if you need to change here.

What should I bring with me?

For your first visit you will need your insurance card, and any paperwork sent to you that needs to be filled out. If you have any operative reports, MRI, or X-ray results, please bring those as well. Additionally, if you are utilizing any type of brace, splint, or crutches, those should come with you.

What types of treatment interventions will I receive?

The treatment you receive depends on what the physical therapist finds in the examination. Most physical therapy plans of care will include three categories of interventions: therapeutic exercise, functional training in self-care and home management, and functional training in work, school, community, or leisure environments.

How long will my visit last?

Your first visit will last approximately 60-75 minutes and will include evaluation and treatment. Subsequent visits will take about 60 minutes or so depending on what your physical therapist has planned for your treatment session.

What if I arrive at my therapy session feeling increased soreness or symptoms?

Do not worry—your therapist will adjust or modify treatment to address any increased soreness or symptoms.

How is my progress measured?

During your initial evaluation, goals are established to help measure your progress as treatment progresses. These goals are functionally based and may include measurements of your pain, strength, mobility, and tolerances for movements or positions as they relate to your ability to function at home, work, school, or in recreation. You will be re-assessed at least weekly to determine your rate of progress.

Will I need follow up or maintenance care?

This depends on your individual progress, your response to treatment, and the therapist’s clinical judgment.