How long are the appointments?
The first appointment includes an initial evaluation so it is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Subsequent visits last about an hour.
What do you charge per visit, and what will I have to pay?
The cost of each visit depends on the type of treatment required. Additionally, each medical plan is different. Before your first appointment, our billing manager will call your insurance company to determine the cost to patient so you know how much you have to pay.
Will I have a different therapist each time?
No. We believe that each patient should remain in the care of only one physical therapist. This consistency ensures continuity of care by allowing the therapist to be familiar with the patient's medical history and progress. However, patients always have the option to receive treatments under the care of a different therapist within our office.
Are your therapists licensed? What is their educational background?
Yes. Each of our physical therapists is licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of New Jersey by the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners. Each therapist's individual state licensure number can be viewed in our staff section on this web site. Therapists at Propel hold a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). We also have a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) who works under the supervision of the Physical Therapists.
How does the therapist determine what type of treatment will I receive?
All physical therapy treatments are carefully tailored to the individual needs of each patient. The specific treatments to be performed will be determined by the treating physical therapist at the time of your initial evaluation, taking into consideration the direction of the prescribing MD or DO when indicated and will be modified appropriately as your condition progresses.
Will the physical therapist communicate with my physician or healthcare provider?
Propel Physical Therapy recognizes that open and frequent communication among the members of your health care team is essential to a successful rehabilitation experience. The physical therapist will send your healthcare provider a complete written report that includes the findings of the initial evaluation, the assessment of the injury, and a detailed description of the treatment plan.
Your physical therapist will continue to update your healthcare provider with progress reports each time you are re-evaluated and before each follow-up appointment. It is important to let your therapist know if you have an upcoming appointment with your healthcare provider.
Additionally, the therapist will not hesitate to contact your provider by phone if he/she has a specific concern or question.
What should I wear to my PT appointments?
It depends on your injury, but generally for physical therapy you can wear clothes that you would wear to the gym for a workout. If you are coming in for a lower extremity injury like knee or ankle, shorts are appropriate or loose fitting cotton pants. For an upper extremity injury such as shoulder, a tank top or a t-shirt is appropriate.
Do I need to see my physician or need a prescription before coming to Physical Therapy?
No, Propel Physical Therapy proudly embraces the New Jersey State Direct Access Law. Direct Access allows you to receive physical therapy treatment without a prescription allowing you to get the care you need immediately.
What do I bring on my first visit?
• Referral and/or prescription from your medical doctor (if applicable)
• Your medical insurance card
• If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker's compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.
• Your new patient forms if you have printed them off of the website and filled them out.
If you have not filled out the new patient forms, please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.
What should I expect at my first visit?
Unless you have already downloaded and completed new patient forms, paperwork will need to be completed. The initial consultation consists of a thorough review of the patient's medical history leading up to the injury/illness. A comprehensive examination is performed, and includes the assessment of posture, joint mechanics, range of motion, strength, muscle integrity, and flexibility. A plan of care is then developed by your therapist with goals and interventions that are tailored to your specific needs. Following the evaluation, we educate the patient about the injury and how the course of rehabilitation will proceed. Treatment is typically initiated on this initial visit. You should feel comfortable asking your physical therapist any questions regarding your course of care, including specifics regarding interventions and expectations.