FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Connecticut direct access laws permit a patient to seek out physical therapy consultation and treatment without a medical prescription. However, there are certain insurance carriers that do require a prescription (i.e. Medicare).

WHAT DO I BRING WITH ME AT THE TIME OF MY FIRST VISIT?

Please bring the prescription from your physician (if referred by a physician), your insurance card and any relevant medical information. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment for completion of certain forms and necessary paperwork.

WHAT OCCURS DURING THE INITIAL EVALUATION APPOINTMENT?

The initial evaluation consists of a thorough review of your medical and surgical history as well as the history of your current problem. This is followed by a comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal physical examination so as to identify the most effective course of treatment. The physical therapist's recommendations for treatment, including the frequency, duration, therapeutic strategies, plan and expected outcomes are then discussed and reviewed with you.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR TREATMENT?

We recommend that you bring similar clothes you would wear for exercise. If you are being seen for a lower back or lower limb problem, shorts are appropriate. If
you are being seen for a neck or upper limb problem, a tee shirt or tank top is appropriate. Please note, we provide shorts, tee shirts and patient gowns if necessary.

HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL TREATMENT VISIT?

In general, a physical therapy session may last 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. This will vary based on your unique needs.

DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH MY PHYSICIAN?

Greenwich Physical Therapy Center regularly communicates with your physician regarding your condition, status and physical therapy plan.

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