As of November 1, 2014, the new Oklahoma law allows PTs to evaluate and treat a patient without a referral for up to 30 days. After 30 days, a referral must be obtained from a “physician or surgeon with unlimited license, or the physician assistant of the person so licensed, and Doctors of Dentistry, Chiropractic and Podiatry, with those referrals being limited to their respective areas of training and practice.” The new law specifically EXCLUDES workers’ compensation claims, meaning they may not be treated without a referral
YES. You, as a patient, absolutely have the right to choose where you do your physical therapy.
Check with your insurance to be certain. We accept most major insurance plans. After your referral, we will verify benefits with your insurance company. Some insurance plans authorize a certain number of visits in some cases. We will communicate to you prior to your first visit what your physical therapy benefits are.
A copay is a set amount of money determined by your insurance plan that is due from you on each visit. A coinsurance payemtn is a percentage of covered services due from you on each visit.
In some cases, your physician will fax the referral to us, and we will contact you to setup your first visit. If you have the referral, please give us a call to schedule your first visit.
Your first visit will include the initial evaluation. The physical therapist will take a thorough history of your condition and perform specific tests and measurements in order to pinpoint your impairment. Your therapist will use this information to make a clinical judgment of your diagnosis and prognosis. Then your therapist will create a specific treatment plan to resolve the problems identified. Goals will be set with your input. Your initial evaluation will take approximately an hour (1.0) to an hour and a half (1.5).
Physical therapy requires the co-participation of the therapist and patient. Therapist and patient will work as a team to have the best results possible. Success is unlikely if the patient only does their exercises during their sessions. It is imperative to do your home exercise program that your therapist will prescribe to you. The home exercise program helps to speed recovery.
Your initial evaluation will take approximately and hour (1.0) to an hour and a half (1.5). Your regular visits will take approximately one hour, depending on treatment. Your therapist and physician will work together to determine the long-term duration and frequency of therapy required.
Physical activity will likely be included in your therapy appointments. We recommend wearing clothing that will allow you to be comfortable and not be restrictive.