Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for choosing Compass PT to assist you in your rehabilitation process. As our patient, you are our partner in rehabilitation. Together, we will work as one team to reach your goals.
What is physical therapy?
Why choose physical therapy?
How do I become a patient?
Do I need a physician referral for physical therapy?
When my doctor recommends physical therapy, do I have a choice in providers?
Do you accept insurance?
What if I don't have insurance?
What forms of payment do you accept?
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please complete applicable new patient documentation found on our Patient Forms page.
How should I dress for my appointment?
How long will my appointment last?
Who will provide my treatment?
What happens during my first visit?
During your first visit, you can expect the therapist to discuss the following:
Your medical history.
Your current problems/complaints.
Pain intensity, what makes it worse and what makes it better.
How the injury is impacting your daily activities and your functional limitations.
Your personal goals for your physical therapy care.
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 in order to check for 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 may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction.
Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are functioning by checking sensation and reflexes.
Special Tests – the therapist may perform specific maneuvers to confirm/rule out the presence of pathology.
Posture Assessment – to analyze balance, alignment and motion.
The therapist will analyze the information to create a prioritized problem list and a treatment plan to address those problems. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, education, and your treatment goals. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.