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Welcome to the Barkman & Smith Physical Therapy website patient FAQ section. The purpose of this section is to answer some of the questions you have or may have before you arrive for therapy. However, if you have a question of a more immediate nature that you want answered prior to your first visit, please call us at 817-283-9435.
- Why should I choose physical therapy?
Physical therapists work with you to ensure the best possible results in your recovery. Medications and other forms of treatment can be helpful in temporarily relieving symptoms while physical therapy aspires to produce a long-term positive result in your recovery.
- What should I wear?
In general, wear comfortable conservative clothing. If your treatment is for spine, upper back or shoulders, a gown can be provided as needed to treat these areas. For a lower extremity problem, shorts are important. Changing facilities are available.
- What should I bring with me?
Please bring the following:
- Insurance card
- Driver's license or other photo ID
- Prescription for physical therapy
- MRI, X-ray or other test results if you have them
- Brace, splint, or crutches that you are using
- How is my progress measured?
Similar to a first visit evaluation, periodic measurements may be performed to determine progress. The therapist needs to be aware of follow-up visits with your physician, as a re-evaluation will be performed so the physician can be updated at that time.
- What should I expect the first day?
Your first visit will typically have an initial evaluation performed by a licensed physical therapist. The therapist will inquire about your medical history including how the injury occurred, when it occurred, and how long the problem has been present. The physical therapist will perform several tests to assess your condition. Once the assessment is done the therapist will develop a treatment plan, and with your assistance develop long and short term goals for subsequent visits. You will also be taught exercises to perform independently (a home exercise program). These exercises may include: range of motion, stretching, and strengthening exercises. The exercises and treatment performed are very important in improving and maintaining your condition. It is imperative that you perform the exercises as prescribed and attend all scheduled visits to facilitate goal achievement and experience long lasting benefits.
- Will my insurance cover physical therapy?
Most Insurance companies do cover physical therapy, however coverage varies greatly. We would appreciate the opportunity to call to verify insurance benefits for any patient considering treatment with us. Further, if you have specific questions regarding your insurance coverage, it is always a good idea for you to contact your insurance company directly as well!
- What are your attendance policies?
We ask that our patients:
- Cancellations: Give 24 hours notice when possible; the answering machine is on 24 hours a day.
- Punctuality: Be on time. We try to take our patients back within 5 minutes of their scheduled time. Call if you have a question or a concern or if you will be late. We will do our best to fit you in but need to know in advance for consideration of other patients
- Scheduling: It is recommended that you Schedule multiple appointments in advance. If you don't schedule your appointments in advance, it will be more difficult to give you the times that you desire.
- Notify your physical therapist at least one week prior to returning to your physician. The therapist must have this date in order to properly schedule your progress report, which will update your physician.