A Physical Therapist, Physiotherapist, or PT is a licensed professional who graduated from an accredited educational program that offers either a Master’s Degree (MPT or MSPT) or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). A PT is a movement specialist who uses a comprehensive skill set to evaluate and treat a patient and provides instruction, guidance, and exercise to expedite recovery, achieve optimum performance, and prevent future injuries.

Most states have passed a direct access law to allow patients to directly access care from a PT. Contact SetPT with additional questions about specific providers.

There are many instances when it is appropriate and beneficial to consult a physical therapist.
Here are a few examples:

  • If you have sustained an injury like an ankle or knee sprain
  • If you have sudden trauma with severe bruising or swelling that is affecting your movement
    pre or post-surgery
  • If you are experiencing joint stiffness or pain in an area for greater than 3 days i.e. back spasm
  • If you have pins and needles or numbness in an extremity that is not changing
  • If you need advice on improving injury prevention
  • If you need advice on improving strength, flexibility, balance or fitness
  • If you need advice on injury prevention or other aspects of musculoskeletal health
  • If you wish to improve your physical performance for sport
  • If you are planning a return to sport or activity following a prolonged period of inactivity

As a general rule, if you are unsure, it is always better to consult a professional rather than not seek advice.

Physical therapy can make sure that your injury is thoroughly assessed and diagnosed correctly. This is critical to ensure the correct treatment techniques are selected for your condition to accelerate your body’s natural healing process thereby hastening your return to sport or activity. Appropriate treatment will also reduce the likelihood of recurrence by addressing factors which may have contributed to the development of your issue. Physical therapists are authorities in advising patients on which activities are suitable for their injury to capitalize on recovery and ensure an ideal outcome.
SetPT will call the insurance company on your behalf to determine what your coverage is for physical therapy services.
You should bring an insurance card; method of payment (credit card, HSA/FSA card, or check), new patient forms printed from the website under the Patient Center drop down, Forms (forms will also be available at the facility); athletic clothing is recommended and dressing areas are provided.
The PT will discuss relevant medical history and evaluate mobility, strength, balance and functional movement. The appointment is scheduled one on one with the PT for up to one hour and follow up appointments will be scheduled after the evaluation.

Choosing a physical therapy clinic can often be a difficult decision.  Many people are referred by friends or family or often people will choose based on a list given by their doctor.  While all PT’s are university trained and state licensed, it is important to select someone who is trusted, knowledgeable and friendly and who can provide the best quality of care for your injury.  So here are a few items to consider:

  • How long has the physical therapist been practicing?
  • Does the physical therapist have an area of expertise?
  • How much time does the therapist spend with patient directly?
  • Has someone recommended the clinic or therapist you know? And had a good experience?
  •  If you are seeing someone at a clinic, are you improving?
  •  Are you pleased with the quality of care you are receiving?

We understand and recognize the importance of your health and our role in your recovery.