Frequently Asked Questions
About Physical Therapy Treatments
Here at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to providing every patient with the information and resources they need to get the most out of their physical therapy treatments. We've taken some time to answer some of the most common questions we receive about our PT treatments and services.
For additional questions, information about our physical therapists or to receive patient information please contact us today at (208) 746-7573 to reach our Lewiston office or (509) 758-9404 to reach our Clarkston office. We look forward to hearing from you and are happy to address any concerns you may have.
How long will each treatment last?
Typically treatments last 45-90 minutes per visit.
How many visits will I need?
This varies from patient to patient. Depending on your condition and its severity, you may need as little as one visit or months of care. Your medical history and diagnosis will determine how many visits are required.
Why is physical therapy a good choice?
If you are suffering from pain, a physical therapist can not only help alleviate your pain, but treat it at its source. While physical therapy is not right for anyone, PT can help treat movement disorders and relieve pain associated with movements and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
What do physical therapists do?
Physical therapists are experts in movement and function, and treat patients with orthopedic problems such as lower back pain, knee injuries and so on. While physical therapists do work to correct injuries, a huge part of PT programs is helping prevent injury, loss of movement, and reduce the risk of overworked muscles. Many physical therapists work with athletes to ensure they are operating at peak performance. Education also plays a large role in physical therapy. Our goal is to provide patients with the resources they need to take care of themselves and prevent further or future injuries.
Why are people referred to physical therapy?
Typically patients with movement dysfunctions are referred to physical therapists to alleviate pain and restore movement. If your ability to move certain parts of your body limits your ability to complete daily activities, you may be a good candidate for physical therapy. A physical therapy program is designed to help restore your body's ability to naturally move and reduce associated pains.
Who will see me?
Developing a one-on-one relationship with each of our patients is a top priority for our physical therapists, so you will typically work with the same therapist through every step of treatment. Working with a single therapist helps create continuity and can help speed your recovery.
Does S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy Clinic treat children?
We treat patients 8 and up with a variety of diagnoses.
How can I be seen for physical therapy at S.P.O.R.T.?
Every state in America has some form of direct access. If you have Regence or Blue Cross, Idaho and Washington are direct access states meaning that you do not need a referral. However, some insurance carriers such as Medicare and Workman’s Comp require a physician referral.
For more information, please refer to this information on the Mitchell Study.
Are there physical therapy specialists?
Yes, there are several categories of board certification for physical therapy. These include:
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) has certified more than 18,000 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas.
Currently, the ABPTS offers board-certification in eight specialty areas of physical therapy: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health.
For more information about our physical therapists' certifications, please visit our staff page (link to staff page) or contact us today.
Is physical therapy painful?
One of the primary objectives of physical therapy for many patients is pain relief. This is often accomplished through modalities such as electrical stimulation, moist heat or cold therapy, and ultrasound. Movement can also provide pain relief, and your physical therapist will provide you with manual techniques and exercises that can relieve your pain, recover your range of motion, endurance, and strength.
For some patients, physical therapy may be painful. For example, recovering range of motion from total knee replacement or shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will work with you to help develop a treatment plan that helps you recover, but it is important to communicate if your treatment is painful. This helps your therapist adjust your care accordingly.
What happens if my problem or pain returns?
It is not uncommon to experience a flare-up. If you do experience a flare up, please give us a call. Depending on the severity, you may need to receive addition treatment, see your physician, or simply alter your daily activities or exercise routine.
Can I go to any physical therapy clinic?
Many clinics will state that they specialize in certain areas, but our offices have the only therapists who are Our practice does work with many insurance providers and will work with you to create a custom treatment plan, tailored to your needs.
For additional questions, please contact our office today.
Can my therapist provide me with a diagnosis?
While your physical therapist is an important part of your medical team, in most states physical therapists cannot make a medical diagnosis. Typically, your physician provides you with a medical diagnosis and may provide you with a prescription for physical therapy.
Is my therapist licensed?
All of our physical therapists are licensed in both Idaho and Washington.