“Do I need physical therapy?” It’s a question we’re often asked by patients who call our office. People who are feeling 100% do not typically ask that question, so let’s start there. What’s happening to make you wonder if you need therapy? Pain is not normal, even if it’s tolerable. Listen to your body—it’s telling you that something is wrong.
One way to determine the need is to ask yourself if the issue you’re experiencing is disrupting your normal life. It could be something as simple as walking up the stairs, changing clothes, or stepping out of a car. Is the discomfort you feel getting in the way of these activities? It’s difficult to determine the cause without visiting a clinic, so if any of your answers to the questions above are yes, it’s best to make an appointment with a physical therapist.
If the issue you are experiencing is severe, or the onset was sudden, you should see a physical therapist immediately. New Jersey is a “Direct Access” state so you can call your physical therapy provider and schedule a visit without a referral.
Studies have shown that seeking treatment earlier can decrease your recovery time significantly, so if you’re experiencing an issue, it’s best to be proactive. Ultimately, finding the underlying cause of your discomfort is the most important goal.
In most cases, your insurance will cover the cost of physical therapy. At The New Jersey Center of Physical Therapy, our Client Care Team contacts your insurance provider directly to help you understand your specific plan and benefits, so you know exactly what to expect before even coming in.
During your appointment, over the course of approximately one hour, a Doctor of Physical Therapy will conduct a complete evaluation and discuss the results with you. We’ll develop a treatment plan that will guide the rest of your visits. We’ll also work in close partnership with your medical doctors and other health professionals as needed.
Our ultimate goal at NJCPT is to help you feel your best, and we would be honored to help you! Once you find a Doctor of Physical Therapy that you trust with your care, you’re one step closer to recovery.
So, you’ve decided to start a physical therapy program. Logically, the next question should be “Who will provide my therapy?” It’s an important decision, so be sure to ask lots of questions before getting started. Let’s take a look at some important questions to ask a prospective provider:
Spend time asking questions and learning about who you’ll be working with. This ensures you’ll find a therapist who meets your individual needs.
Although not ideal, many clinics simply pair a patient with a therapist who has available time slots. For the most effective treatment, your therapy provider should intentionally match you with a therapist who is best suited to help you with your specific needs. Your treatment is too important to allow timing to be the only factor.
At NJCPT, we have a wide range of Doctors of Physical Therapy with expertise in many different areas and will pair you with a therapist who is best suited to your specific needs.
Many of our patients come to us via referral, where friends have recommended a specific therapist because “he was amazing” or “she was an incredible help” in their recovery. We understand the desire to work with the therapist you were referred to, and we always listen to your preferences. We also want to match you with a physical therapist who is best suited to your unique situation, so if we have another clinician who is a specialist in your area, we’ll let you know that too. We want you to be happy, we want you to have all the information you need, and most importantly, we want you to get better.
Deciding to seek physical therapy is a positive, proactive step toward improving your health and your quality of life. Once you start your program, keep that forward-moving attitude and apply it to your therapy. Coupled with the right Doctor of Physical Therapy, you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time!
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