FAQs

  • What is physical therapy?

    Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians. Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.

     

    While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, your physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.

  • How do I know if physical therapy will help me?

    Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your current condition and even set up a free consultation if you choose.

  • Can I go to any physical therapy I choose?

    As a patient you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. At Graham Therapy & Fitness, you will receive the highest quality care while achieving the results you need.  We pride ourselves on providing a positive, encouraging environment with well-trained, friendly staff.  We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life.

  • How do I schedule an appointment?

    Our scheduling is easy and we offer a convenient location and appointment times for you. We have morning and afternoon appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Call us today or request an appointment.

  • Do you accept insurance?

    No, but many patients do file for reimbursement through their insurances. Please refer to the Insurance Reimbursement Process document on the Patient Information page.

  • What if I don’t have insurance?

    We do not want a lack of health insurance or a finances to limit attending physical therapy. please inquire about financial planning services and ways to attend therapy with a payment plan.  We are happy to work with you so that you may obtain the services you are seeking.

  • Is Medicaid or Medicare accepted?

    No, but our Medicaid or Medicare patients may participate in our Wellness Services as clients. For physical therapy, please seek out a Medicaid or Medicare provider, this may require a secondary or tertiary insurance. For more information, Please refer to the Medicare/Medicaid Notice on the Patient Information page.

  • What forms of payment does Graham Therapy and Fitness accept?

    We accept physical and electronic checks, Paypal (fees apply), and major Credit Cards (fees apply).

  • What should I wear to my physical therapy appointment?

    Most importantly you might want to know what not to wear.  Suits, dresses, and skirts are usually not recommended for therapy.  Comfortable clothing is usually best for physical therapy.  If you are having a neck or shoulder problem ladies may want to wear some type of sports bra to make the area easier to examine.  If you are having low-back problems clothing that will allow your therapist to examine your spine is preferable.  If you are having hip, knee, or ankle problems shorts are a great idea to bring to your first appointment.  Rolling up your pants leg is not preferable when examining the hip or knee as it may distort the shape of your thigh or have a tourniquet effect.  If you are having a neck or shoulder problem and you have longer hair you also might want to bring a ponytail holder.

    Clothing to wear to your first and ongoing appointments:

    • All patients are asked to wear loose or form fitting shorts, elastic waist preferred. The shorter the shorts the better, this allows for full visualization of the legs.
    • Females, please wear a bra top (preferable), sports bra with an OPEN BACK (see examples), or bikini top (preferable). Please do NOT wear a racer-back sports bra or any sports bra in which the straps cover the center of the spine in any manner. This is very important. Please search “open back sports bra” in your browser to find a top that works well for you. The spine needs to be visualized optimally. Examples of sports bra styles which will work well for scoliosis/kyphosis physical therapy are provided below:

    Below are examples of sports bra back strap styles that do NOT work well for scoliosis/kyphosis specific physical therapy:

    • Footwear should be athletic and comfortable.

    Hair

    • Long hair will need to be secured into a bun that sits on top of the head, and bangs should be secured with a barrette.
  • What should I bring to my first appointment?

    Please have your prescription and insurance card available when you call. This will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.

    To bring on your first visit:

    • All physician contact information (e.g. pediatrician, primary, orthopaedic, etc.) including phone and fax numbers.
    • All X-rays. (Be prepared to leave them with therapist for a day or two.)
    • Current day and/or night braces for scoliosis/kyphosis patients.
    • A water bottle.
    • Notebook, pen, and paper to take notes as needed.
    • 3-ring binder or folder to assist in organizing paperwork (optional)
    • Snack or plan for meal at local restaurants near the clinic during break for Scoliosis/Kyphosis Patients.
    • Parents/Family accompanying patient minors may wish to bring reading material or other activity as they will be invited to view exercises periodically, but not necessarily throughout every session.
  • How much does the entire physical therapy treatment cost?

    Costs vary, but pricing can be discussed at your initial appointment or consultation. Payment plans are available in order to assist patient needs.

  • Do I need to purchase equipment?

    Yes, please refer to the information located on our Equipment List page.

  • Will it hurt?

    Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.

  • How long will my therapy sessions last?

    The first session may last 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.  After that the treatment plan will be determined and also the length of your visits. For specialized appointments, sessions may be 1.5-2 hours in duration. General appointments are typically one hour in duration.

  • How many sessions will I have?

    Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit and explained to you by your physical therapist.

  • What types of education/training do your therapists have?

    Physical therapists have years of university level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology, and many of the other medical sciences. Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state licensed. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree. Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.

  • Do you offer programs for me once I’m better?

    Yes, once you have completed your therapy sessions, your therapist will review your continuing home program.  We can make arrangements to meet you at your gym to work with you on determining what equipment may be beneficial, and what exercises would be helpful in your continued recovery.