Frequently Asked Questions

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians. Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.

While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, your physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.

How do I know if physical therapy will help me?

Working with you individually, or in conjunction with your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your current condition and even set up a free consultation if you choose.

Can I go to any physical therapy I choose?

As a patient you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. At Pittman Physical Therapy, you will receive the highest quality care while achieving the results you need. We pride ourselves on providing a positive, encouraging environment with well-trained, friendly staff. We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

A prescription (if needed) for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA. 2. Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card). 3. Photo ID. 4. Print out the patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you. 5. In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any case manager or insurance adjuster contact names, phone numbers, and claim number.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any remaining paperwork, so you can maximize your time in your evaluation. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your problem areas.

Will it hurt?

Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.

Does insurance cover my treatment?

Yes, in most cases it does. We always encourage you to check with your insurance provider for specific answers. We will be happy to assist you if you are unsure about the process. CLICK HERE to learn more!

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service. Your insurance benefits will be determined before your second visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.

What do I wear?

Dress comfortably with clothes that allow easy access for the therapist to examine your problem areas. For treatments, loose fitting clothes that are comfortable for gentle exercises and supportive sneakers are often good choices to wear.

How long will my therapy sessions last?

Typically, the first session is scheduled for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 30-60 minutes. The amount of time will be based on your specific needs, and your therapist will discuss this with you.

How many sessions will I have?

Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit and explained to you by your physical therapist.

What types of education/training do your therapists have?

Physical therapists have years of university level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology, and many of the other medical sciences. Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state licensed. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree. Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.

Do you offer programs for me once I’m better?

Yes, once you have completed your therapy sessions, your therapist will review your continuing home program. We offer several wellness programs to fit your needs. See the program offering listed below.