Welcome to Quinn Orthopedic Physical Therapy
We are delighted to be your provider of choice for your rehabilitation needs and we look forward to a positive and productive relationship with you. We are confident that you will find our therapists to be competent and professional, and our support staff to be friendly and efficient. We look forward to making you our latest success story, but if we should ever fail to meet your expectations please bring it to our attention so that we can make the situation right. Below are some frequently asked questions.
During your first visit you can expect the following:
- Please arrive five or ten minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete paperwork. If you like, you can download our patient registration form from our home page and complete it in advance.
- You will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy.
- We will copy your insurance card.
- You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.
- The therapist will discuss the following:
- Your medical history.
- Your current problems/complaints.
- Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
- How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
- Your goals with physical therapy.
- Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
- The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
- Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
- Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
- Muscle Testing – the therapist is checking for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
- Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
- Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
- Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient’s input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created from input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.
Make sure you bring your physical therapy prescription (provided to you by your doctor) and your payment information. If your insurance is covering the cost of physical therapy, bring your insurance card. If you are covered by Workers’ Compensation, bring your claim number and your case manager’s contact information. If you are being covered by auto insurance, make sure you bring this information.
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination. We have extra shorts, T-Shirts and examination gowns available for our patients to allow for a thorough examination.
The initial evaluation is typically 60 minutes. All subsequent visits are between 30-45 minutes.
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need months of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, etc. You will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and when you see your doctor, we will provide you with a progress report with our recommendations.
You will be evaluated by one of our licensed and highly trained physical therapists and she will also treat you during this visit and subsequent visits. In the course of your therapy with us you will likely see more than one therapist. It is our belief that two heads are better than one, and each of our therapists has their own unique touch. By exposing you to a couple of different therapists on our staff we will give you more of the vast skill set our staff has to offer. If it is important to you to maintain continuity of care with a single therapist, please let us know so that we can accommodate your wishes.
In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. Click on our insurance link above for a summary of insurances we accept and make sure you talk to our receptionist so we can help you clarify your insurance coverage.