Physical Therapy: Helping You Take an Active Role in Your Health

From the desk of John Parr PT, OCS, CMPT, Director

Why Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists are licensed healthcare providers who have extensive knowledge and training in disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They are experts in treating individuals with problems of the joints, muscles and nerves. They improve function by reducing pain and restoring motion and strength. Their abundant knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology (how the body works) and manual skills enable them to get beyond simply treating symptoms. Physical therapists seek to determine to the underlying cause of dysfunction so it can be solved. The extensive education, training and experience of physical therapists make them your best choice for the treatment of your musculoskeletal health.

Who Needs Physical Therapy?

Most people will need a physical therapist. Sports injuries, work injuries, motor vehicle injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation are just a few of the conditions treated by physical therapists. They also help individuals with other aches and pains, postural and biomechanical injuries as well as generalized health and wellness.

What is Direct Access?

State laws in Oregon provide direct access to licensed physical therapists without a physician’s referral. This means that you can go to directly to a PT if you choose, and you can choose which PT to see.
This gives you many advantages:

  • Immediate evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, without delay
  • Immediate consultation to determine if PT is needed or if further examination by another healthcare provider is warranted
  • Strong potential for decreased healing time
  • Freedom to choose YOUR physical therapist, the same way you would choose a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional
  • Continuity of care as you return to YOUR physical therapist for all of your musculoskeletal needs

Is Physical Therapy Covered by Insurance?

Physical therapy is a covered benefit under most insurance plans. Call YOUR physical therapy office to find out your benefits prior to scheduling so you can make an informed decision.