Many entering the world of pain management feel overwhelmed by their options. After all, no two methods are alike. Here are the factors you need to keep in mind when choosing your physical therapy plan.
Referrals and Experience
Even if you aren’t required to receive a referral from your primary care doctor, ask your doctor to recommend a physical therapist or facility for your specific issue. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for recommendations as well. The internet is also a great place to find reviews.
As you begin to visit different offices, be sure to ask many questions about the physical therapist’s experience with your condition. It’s important to verify that your physical therapist is licensed and has advanced certifications or credentialing.
What Does it Include?
One very important question to ask is what your insurance will be able to cover. Check your health plan to determine details of your coverage, and find out how much out-of-pocket expenses you’ll have to pay. See if your physical therapist’s office accepts your plan.
Investigating what your insurance covers will help you decide exactly what you need and/or have access to. There are several types of rehabilitation methods, from cardiovascular training to taping. Ask what the facility offers and if certain locations offer different programs that may meet your needs better.
Convenience and Comfort
Don’t let a long drive keep you from working on your health. Choose a facility that’s close by or has several locations, especially if you experience discomfort driving. If you choose an office that’s far away, you’ll soon be missing appointments.
Lastly, make sure you’re comfortable with your therapist. You should look forward to your appointments, not dread them.
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