Can I choose my Physical Therapist?
Yes, you have the right to choose the Physical Therapist that is best for you. Seppie Physical Therapy would encourage you to take an active role in your rehabilitation by seeking out the provider that is best for you. Your rehabilitation program should be tailored to your specific illness or injury and executed by a trained and compassionate staff.
The American Physical Therapy Association reccomends the following criteria when selecting a therapist:
Contact the physical therapist’s clinic to determine the services offered. All physical therapists have extensive training and experience. Some PTs treat specific patient groups (pediatrics, geriatrics, sports, women’s health, etc) or practice in specific settings (home health, outpatient, etc).
If referred for treatment, verify that your “physical therapy” is being delivered by a physical therapist. “Physical therapy” is treatment provided by or under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapists use the designation PT (physical therapist) and/or DPT (doctor of physical therapy).
If your physician refers you for physical therapy to be provided in the physician's office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest, know that you are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility.
What is Dry Needling?
"Dry needling is used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a "dry"needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Physical therapists who perform dry needling supplement that knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training. When contacting a physical therapist for dry needling treatment, be sure to ask about their specific experience and education.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research."
-American Board of Physical Therapy
Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy?
All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow you to contact a physical therapist without a physician's referral. Your specific insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first. Double check with your insurance company before scheduling an appointment.