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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is the application of manual therapy, modalities, exercise and education to facilitate healing and promote return of function lost due to injury or illness. A good physical therapist performs a comprehensive analysis of movement, which includes identifying joint dysfunction, tissue limitations, muscular imbalances and structural pathologies. Treatment consists of skilled manual therapy (hands on) with therapeutic exercise that simulates daily movements to rehabilitate the body, restoring maximum mobility and optimal mechanical motion, as well as providing preventative care.

What is Involved in the Initial Exam?

The therapist examines the problem area and develops an effective treatment plan.  Usually the initial exam takes about 45 minutes.  During the consultation, the patient will be asked various questions regarding how the injury took place and the type of symptoms that are present.

What Should I Wear?

You should wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement, like a t-shirt and shorts.

What Should I Bring to My First Appointment?

The first time you come to Schaal Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, LLC for physical therapy or speech therapy, you will need to bring your insurance card, the prescription for treatment from your physician (if required), and a co-pay, if necessary.

What Insurance Policies Do You Accept?

Check with your insurance requirements for a physician order.  We accept most insurance including Medicare, CHP plus, commercial insurance and workman's comp.

How Often Do I Need Physical Therapy or Speech Therapy?

The frequency of your sessions depends on your situation and is determined after your initial evaluation with the physical therapist or speech therapist.

Do I Need A Doctor's Prescription?

Yes and no.  In Colorado there is what is known as a direct access law, which means you do not have to have a physician's prescription to be treated for physical therapy, however your insurance company may still require a prescription before they will agree to pay for the treatment. Make sure to check with your insurance company as to whether they require a physician's order for physical therapy. We work closely with the local physicians to make your health care a priority.

What Physical Therapy Treatments Does Schaal PT Offer?

Providing excellent patient care is the main priority of our practice. The physical therapists at Schaal Physical Therapy and Fitness Center are highly trained in manual therapy, orthopedic injuries, women's health, neurological rehabilitation, pre and post surgical rehabilitation, pediatrics, geriatrics and spine and joint pain.  Read more about our services here!

What Type of Education Does a Physical Therapist Have?

Physical Therapists are licensed health care professionals. Prior to practicing they must obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from an accredited education program and pass their state board exams to be licensed. They have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease and injury pathophysiology in addition to skilled therapeutic treatment application. In addition, physical therapists attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest medical developments and treatment approaches.

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