Is Physical Therapy Right For Me?


Do you have ongoing pain that interferes with your life activities?  Have you recently had a surgery?  Do you suffer from vertigo?  Do you have general weakness or decreased strength in a particular area of your body?  If you answered “YES” to any of these questions Physical Therapy just might be able to help. 

Often the biggest obstacle in beginning Physical Therapy, and receiving the potentially life changing benefits from it, is the fear of the unknown.  What do Physical Therapists do?    How do I schedule an appointment?  Do I need a doctor’s referral to go to Physical Therapy?  The purpose of this blog entry is to help answer those questions and to provide you with success stories of previous Physical Therapy patients to help make the decision to start Physical Therapy easier for you.


Who are physical therapists?
Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

At what time can I come to physical therapy?
Physical therapy appointments can be scheduled Monday thru Friday from the early morning until the early evening.

How do I schedule an appointment?
Visit our website ( Choose the clinic that is most convenient for you.  Then call the phone number listed and ask to schedule an appointment.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No, we can treat you without a referral, however, many  insurance companies require a referral before they will pay for coverage.  It is best to check with your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment for physical therapy.

How do I pay for my physical therapy?
Most insurance providers cover physical therapy expenses.  Depending on your coverage, you may have a co-pay.  If you have been injured in an auto accident or hurt at work we will bill your auto insurance or workers’ comp.

What do I need to bring with me on my first visit?
Please bring your insurance card and driver’s license to your appointment.  If you were given doctor’s orders or a referral for physical therapy, bring that with as well.  If you are being seen due to an auto accident or work injury, please bring along any claim information.  Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes to your appointment.

What can I expect on my first visit?
When you get to the clinic you will be asked to finish the registration process.  You will then meet with a Physical Therapist for your initial evaluation.  The therapist will assess your injury, condition, or pain you are experiencing and identify what you are and are not able to do physically. From the information gathered during the initial evaluation your physical therapist will determine the appropriate plan of care for you.

How often will I need to attend physical therapy?
Your physical therapist will determine the number of visits needed based on what your injury/condition is and its severity.  Generally you can expect 2-3 visits a week.

How long will each physical therapy appointment last?
Your first visit will last approximately 1 hour.  Subsequent visits generally last 30-45 minutes, with certain conditions calling for a slightly longer treatment time period.


Dustin Eslinger, MA, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

January 12th, 2017

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