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FAQ

What is physical therapy? 

Physical therapy is a health care profession that provides treatment to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function throughout life. This includes providing treatment in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. It involves the interaction between physical therapist (PT), patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists.

What types of insurance do you accept?

We accept all types of private insurance. We are also pleased to accept Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle, Medicare, Medicaid.

What is the cost for my physical therapy?

At Sapphire PT we are committed to ensuring that all patients receive the care they need at a reasonable price. We are preferred providers with most insurance plans and we also offer cash-pay programs for clients with little/no insurance coverage.

Health care plans vary greatly. To assure the highest level of benefit, we encourage patients to be aware of their plan’s coverage. As a courtesy we will call your insurance company and obtain an outline of your benefits, which we will share with you after your first visit, but please note your benefits are an agreement between you and your insurance company. Any benefits given by Sapphire Physical Therapy staff, is not a guarantee of payment or actual benefits. Depending upon your insurance coverage you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, and/or deductibles. At this time, we can work out an affordable payment plan to accomplish your rehabilitation goals.

Do I need a doctor prescription/referral to begin physical therapy?

Probably not, Montana is one of over forty states which provides for direct access to patients. As highly trained frontline providers, physical therapists are uniquely qualified to effectively evaluate and treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions without a referral. A few insurance carriers do, however, still require a referral in order to process claims.  Call us at 549-5283 for assistance in determining your physical therapy benefits.

What other services do you provide?

In addition to traditional physical therapy treatments we also specialize in dry needling, running specific physical therapy, women’s health, Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), custom orthotics, custom biomechanic bike fitting, and work hardening.

What will happen on my first visit?

When you arrive for your initial visit you will be asked to complete new patient paperwork. These documents include a brief medical history, a consent form and insurance/billing documentation. Please remember to bring your prescription for physical therapy (provider referral) if you have one, insurance card(s) and any other diagnostic reports relating to your injury. Please wear comfortable/athletic type clothing and shoes so that you can move with ease.

Once your paperwork has been completed you will meet with your Physical Therapist. Your therapist will review your medical history and provider referral, perform an initial evaluation, discuss your therapy goals with you and design a treatment schedule and home exercise plan to get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. Additional appointments will be scheduled at this visit.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable/athletic type clothing and shoes so that you can move with ease.

How often will I need to see my Physical Therapist?

Your therapist (in conjunction with your physician) will determine a treatment plan for your particular goals. Most patients are typically seen two to three times per week. The best way to ensure that you reach your health and fitness goals is to remain committed to your treatment schedule and home exercise program.

What kind of treatments might I receive?

Your treatment (like your therapy schedule) will depend upon the severity of your injury and your recovery goals. All of our therapists are highly trained professionals that will devise a plan customized to meet your needs. Your treatment may include manual therapy, joint mobilization, pain reducing modalities such as electrical stimulation, and functional strengthening and therapeutic exercises.

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