Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
One of the biggest benefits of mobile physical therapy is that it is convenient for you. We will come to your home or office, so you don’t have to go anywhere. This is a particularly big benefit for those who have busy lives, are unable to find childcare, or just appreciate the privacy of their own home.
Another big benefit of mobile physical therapy is that it is cost-effective. You don’t have to pay for transportation or parking, and there is no need to take several hours of time off from work to get to your appointment. You can schedule after work or during your lunch break. Even if you need to clock out, it will only take an hour and a half of your time vs two to three hours.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you should consider seeking out a therapist who offers mobile services:
- Are you unable to get to a physical therapy office due to a lack of transportation or time?
- Would you prefer to receive treatment in the privacy of your own home?
- Are you self-conscious about the way you look with strangers or in public?
- Do your children keep you from attending traditional physical therapy sessions?
- Does your schedule allow for only brief periods of time when you are away from work or family?
- Is it difficult to find childcare for extended periods of time?
- Do you have trouble with balance or mobility?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you would likely benefit from mobile physical therapy. Contact us at 410-934-4028 to schedule an initial consultation.
There are very few limitations to the types of treatments we can offer remotely. Physical therapists are notoriously creative, being able to create multiple treatment options for the same solution based on your individualized needs. Allowing your therapist to see into your daily routine can improve your therapist’s ability to incorporate your environment into your home program. This creates an improved comprehension and utilization of your home program.
The initial consult session usually lasts upwards of 90 minutes. Most follow-up treatment sessions will only be around 60 minutes. Your therapist will help you determine if you need 60 or 90-minute appointment times based on your individual needs.
An initial evaluation costs $185 per hour, this includes a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. We schedule 90 minutes for this visit. Our goal is to give you a clear direction on what you need to optimize your recovery in your very first session. Your therapist will work with you on a follow-up schedule that is appropriate for you.
Medicare patients follow a different payment schedule as Medicare pays based on timed codes, rather than a flat fee. Payment will be based on the length of your visit. We will charge for the visit at the point of service based on what we project Medicare will approve. This amount does not typically exceed our flat rate.
We chose to not participate with insurance to support the treatment model we created. This allows us to work with individual patients, not insurance companies, and allows our clinicians to do what they do best, offer the best care available.
Even though we don’t participate in your Insurance Network, we will still send out a claim on your behalf from our practice so that you may possibly receive reimbursement directly to you, from your insurance, if you have Out of Network benefits.
Call the number on your insurance card or email us your insurance information at email@example.com. We can quickly see if you have out-of-network benefits and can direct you on how to proceed. Signing up for our complimentary consultation will also give us the time to answer any insurance questions you might have.
Those patients that have out-of-network benefits will receive a check from their insurance company after the visit has been processed, this can take several weeks and upwards of two months when the insurance company has an increased volume of claims.
This body system includes your bones and muscles, as you might expect. It also includes your ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, and joints. A doctor who’s a specialist in orthopedic physical therapy will be able to evaluate your condition and make a diagnosis.
Here’s an easy rule of thumb for remembering what an orthopedic specialist does. Think of them as treating conditions that hinder your ability to function or move throughout your day-to-day life.
There are specific steps you can expect your therapist to follow as they do an initial evaluation of your condition. The first step is to decide what the physical therapy diagnosis is. After determining the diagnosis, your therapist will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. They will then administer some therapeutic care and start working with you to manage your injury or illness to work towards repairing the damage and preventing further injury.
You may experience a wide range of treatments for your orthopedic concerns. We typically use exercise therapy and you may experience a wide range of treatments for your orthopedic concerns. We typically use prescribed exercises, manual therapy, neuromuscular techniques, bracing or taping, and dry needling. Each patient receives a personalized plan to optimize their recovery during their initial evaluation.
The thread-like needles are usually not painful when we insert them into affected areas where you are experiencing muscle pain, sometimes referred to as myofascial pain. The needles stay in the skin for 10-30 seconds and can bring substantial relief to painful areas. It allows therapists to target areas they cannot get to with their hands.
We insert the thin needles into trigger points, which we locate within bands of skeletal muscle. These trigger points often reside within larger muscle groups. The needles will stimulate these trigger points and other connective and muscular tissues.
Although we’ve mentioned myofascial pain, some areas of the body seem more responsive to dry needling. For example, back pain and associated sciatica respond well, along with tendonitis and even arthritis. We often use dry needling as a secondary treatment alongside other modalities.
There can be, although they are usually mild. You might find some slight bruising, soreness, or tenderness at the injection sites. Your therapist will review all contraindications with you before your treatment. Although it can be helpful to many, some people should avoid it.
Yes, a Physical Therapist must be trained and certified in Dry Needling to be able to administer this treatment! Additionally, it can only be practiced in some states. So, ask your physical therapist, or do some research before you request this treatment. Your therapist will have more information for you.
This specialized form of physical therapy helps patients with vestibular problems. Dizziness and vertigo can be debilitating for those suffering from a vestibular disorder. Dizziness and related symptoms can be attributed to an inner ear problem or a medication side effect. In more severe cases, it can be a symptom of a dysfunction in the neck, brain, or heart.
When a patient has vestibular problems, physical therapy can help! Some common symptoms that vestibular rehabilitation can help with are:
- Frequent Falls
After a comprehensive assessment, intensity and types of symptoms will be noted, along with their effect on the patient’s day-to-day life. The therapist may collect historical information about the patient, vision or hearing problems, medications, etc.
The therapist can develop a custom exercise plan when the information has been gathered and they understand the patient’s goals for treatment. The exercises will be easy to learn but may be challenging to do. Staying true to patient goals will make all the difference in the effectiveness of the prescribed exercise program.
We’ve already discussed the importance of fitting the exercises into the daily routine and being consistent. The patient can’t lead a sedentary lifestyle. Staying active can help with vestibular problems. Certain medications may affect the progress you make with your plan of care.