What to Expect Your First Physical Therapy Session
How to Prepare for a Physical Therapy Session with New York Spine and Sport
July 8, 2017 – Bronx, NY – Physical therapy is the best therapeutic pill for most spine, joint and other musculoskeletal conditions. New York Spine and Sport specializes in managing these conditions, treating the patient as a whole, with treatments that are tailor-made to that person and their condition.
Whether you receive a pain management intervention or surgery, physical therapy that is specific for your condition, designed and managed by our physical medicine and pain doctors with our licensed therapist is key to your long-term pain relieve and function improvement. Our Physical Therapy team is a leader in PT in the Bronx, Westchester, and Manhattan, with 5 locations providing the maximum care.
Before heading out to see a Physical Therapist, consider the following:
- Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. There is a fair amount of paperwork to obtain your demographic/insurance information. Bring your insurance information.
- Referral – In NY state, we have Direct Access meaning a patient can be seen by a PT without a MD referral for a duration of 30 days or 10 visits, whichever comes first. However, your insurance may require a MD referral on file. Please check with your insurance provider about specific requirements for your plan. If you were seen by one of our pain management doctors first, your referral is already in our system so you do not have to bring a separate referral. Please check with us when you make your first appointment.
- Dress for the gym – PT assessments differ from MDs’. Expect to move and be moved. Wear comfortable clothing = shorts/T-shirts/tank top and sneakers. We have rooms for you to change.
- If you have any specific questions or concerns/exceptions, please call and let us know before your appointment. For example, if you would like to work with a specific therapist or only female therapists, please inform us ahead of your visit so we can accommodate your request.
We look forward to guiding you through the rehabilitative process, and thank the many of past and current patients, for entrusting New York Spine and Sport as their choice for Physical Therapy.