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Physical Therapy FAQ
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Physical Therapy FAQ

What is physical therapy?

Why should I choose Sports and Wellness Physical Therapy?
What injuries or illnesses can physical therapy help with?
Do I need to see a doctor first before getting physical therapy?
Who will provide my physical therapy treatment?
How soon can I get an appointment?
How long is my appointment?
What should I wear to my appointment?
What should I bring to my first appointment?
What can I expect at my first appointment?
How often and for how long will I come for physical therapy?
What can I do at home to speed the healing/rehabilitation process?
Will I see results, and when?
Will my insurance cover my appointment? How does the billing work?
What if I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Do you see patients on a walk-in basis?
What is your privacy policy?

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What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a form of treatment designed to help in the recovery and rehabilitation from an injury or illness that has impaired your strength, mobility, or balance. Your Physical Therapist will evaluate your condition and design exercises to help you regain your optimum physical condition. At your appointment, your Physical Therapist will assist you in performing these exercises, and may also show you additional exercises to perform at home in between your appointments.

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Why should I choose Sports and Wellness Physical Therapy?

SWPT provides highly personalized and professional physical therapy services that are tailored to your unique needs and goals. With over 25 years in practice, our Physical Therapist has the expertise to design a therapeutic program that is right for you. Our goal is to help you function in your daily activities effectively and free of pain. We also believe strongly in looking at the bigger picture of your overall wellness, which can include exploring lifestyle habits, fitness, and nutrition. Each of these areas plays an important role in restoring and sustaining your optimum health. SWPT aims to empower clients with knowledge to help control their pain and assist themselves in their own recovery. We will communicate clearly and work with your referring physician throughout your treatment.

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What injuries or illnesses can physical therapy help with?

Our highly-trained and experienced physical therapy staff can assist you with:

· Orthopedics
· Post-surgical rehabilitation
· Total joint rehabilitation
· Neurological disorders
· Back and neck care
· Balance
· Personalized home programs
· Work-related injuries
· Strengthening programs
· Sports rehabilitation
· Functional assessments
· Corrective exercises

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Do I need to see a doctor first before getting physical therapy?

A doctor's prescription is required in order to bill your insurance company. The prescription will indicate the frequency and duration of your sessions. Based on the referral from your physician, our Physical Therapist will perform an evaluation, develop a treatment plan, and work with you to treat your injury or disease. As therapy continues, we will evaluate your progress and adjust your treatment plan
accordingly. If you wish to pay in full for physical therapy, no prescription is required.

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Who will provide my physical therapy treatment?

All of your physical therapy sessions will be conducted entirely by our Physical Therapist Doug Johnson. Doug is a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) with over 25 years of experience practicing physical therapy. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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How soon can I get an appointment?

We will try to get you in on the day that you call, or the next day if we are full.

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How long is my appointment?

Your initial appointment can last between 60-90 minutes. Subsequent appointments are between 45-60 minutes.

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What should I wear to my appointment?

Please come to your appointment wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Exercise wear (such as sweats, jogging suits, or shorts and a tee shirt) works well and allows your Physical Therapist to see the affected area of your body as you work together.

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What should I bring to my first appointment?

· A referral or prescription from your doctor
· Your insurance card
· A completed Patient Intake form
· A signed copy of our Welcome form

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What can I expect at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will last approximately one hour. During that time, your condition will be evaluated by our Physical Therapist, who will also establish a treatment plan specifically for you. Your treatment will begin at your first session, and will continue depending on your doctor's prescription and/or your progress.

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How often and for how long will I come for physical therapy?

Physical therapy can last for a few visits or up to two months or more depending upon your injury and the level of supervision required to achieve your goals. Your referring physician and/or Physical Therapist will make recommendations regarding the length of treatment.

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What can I do at home to speed the healing/rehabilitation process?

Our Physical Therapist will design an at-home program of exercises for you to perform between appointments in our office. Your commitment to following the at-home program will reinforce the work you do at your physical therapy appointments, and will aid in and possibly speed your recovery or rehabilitation. Please follow your Physical Therapist's instructions carefully. If during your home exercises you should experience any of the following, please discontinue exercising immediately until you have discussed these problems with your Physical Therapist:

• Shortness of breath
• Unexpected pain
• Fatigue
• Uncertainty of correct performance

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Will I see results, and when?

Depending on your injury, you may see results in as quickly as one week. However, the recovery process is specific to each person and each condition, and will therefore vary.

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Will my insurance cover my appointment? How does the billing work?

We accept Medicare, Worker's Compensation, Covered California, and private insurance. We are also pleased to be the local provider for Physician's Choice and Marian Health Services members. For co-pays and deductibles, we accept all major credit cards, debit cards, personal checks, and cash. Should you have questions about payments or your insurance, our office staff will be happy to help you.

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What if I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to reschedule or cancel as soon as possible, AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE of your appointment. We have an answering machine for your convenience during non-working hours, weekends, and holidays. Missed appointments will be billed as a no-show charge, which will not be covered by your insurance carrier.

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Do you see patients on a walk-in basis?

No, an appointment is required. Please call 805-439-2159 to schedule your appointment. Our office is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will do everything possible to schedule your appointment for the day you call or the next day.

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What is your privacy policy?

Click here to view our Privacy Policy.

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Wellness Program FAQ

What are the benefits of a wellness program?
Who can participate in the Athlete For Life wellness program?
What is a Health Coach?
What kind of training does a Health Coach have?
What types of classes do you offer?
How does health coaching work?
Who provides the fitness training services?
Can I participate in fitness training and physical therapy at the same time?
How often should I come to fitness training?
What are the benefits of personal fitness training?
Will my insurance cover a wellness program?

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What are the benefits of a wellness program?

At Sports and Wellness Physical Therapy, we firmly believe that everyone is an Athlete For Life. Our daily tasks and activities require our bodies to cooperate so we can function in our lives. Therefore, we must nurture our bodies so they can support us in functioning optimally. Our Athlete For Life wellness program can help you to:

· Improve your strength, endurance, balance, and mobility
· Perform your work and leisure activities more effectively and free of pain
· Enjoy outdoor activities and an active lifestyle
· Create sustainable and healthy lifestyle habits
· Eat more healthfully
· Control food cravings
· Sleep better
· Have more energy
· Reduce stress
· Improve overall self-care
· Experience more joy and contentment

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Who can participate in the Athlete For Life wellness program?

Anyone who would like to improve their overall well-being and health can participate in our wellness program. Physical therapy patients must first complete their sessions, or get approval from their Physical Therapist before participating in fitness training. Classes and health coaching services are available to everyone.

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What is a Health Coach?

A Health Coach is a guide and supportive mentor whose primary role is to assist you in setting and reaching health and wellness goals. Our Health Coach Lisa Story has worked in health care and education for over 24 years. She will work with you to help
create a happy, healthy, and well-balanced life in a way that is flexible, fun, and fulfilling. SWPT offers a safe place for you to explore your health and wellness needs, set goals, and achieve a deeper understanding of the nutrition and lifestyle choices that work best for you. Together we will design a lifestyle plan that will help you improve your overall sense of well-being, peace, energy, and radiant health.

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What kind of training does a Health Coach have?

Our Health Coach Lisa Story holds a B.S. in Health Science and a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a Holistic Health Practitioner, and received her certification as a Health Coach from the
Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Lisa's areas of expertise include:

· Nutrition and dietary theories
· Lifestyle management
· Support, mentoring, and encouragement of a whole-istic life, which may include working with the areas of relationships, career, spirituality and fitness

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What types of classes do you offer?

We offer regular monthly health and wellness education classes including:

· Wellness for Busy Women
· Overcoming Sugar Cravings
· Weigh Less, Eat More

Pick up a class schedule at our office, or click here for more information about our class times and locations.

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How does health coaching work?

You will meet with your Health Coach twice a month for six months to cover a wide range of general wellness topics as well as issues specific to you. Each session lasts for 50 minutes to an hour. Health coaching provides a safe space for you to explore and share. You will be provided with a wide range of resources, handouts, recipes, as well as email contact to support you along the way.

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Who provides the fitness training services?

Our Physical Therapist, Doug Johnson provides all of our fitness training sessions. Doug is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National
Strength and Conditioning Association. He has a background in athletics, and strongly believes in the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle to optimize overall wellness.

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Can I participate in fitness training and physical therapy at the same time?

No. You must complete physical therapy and be medically cleared by your physician prior to beginning a fitness training program.

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How often should I come to fitness training?

One or two times per week is most often recommended to achieve and sustain results.

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What are the benefits of personal fitness training?

Many benefits can result when you integrate exercise into your daily life. These can include:

· Increased strength and flexibility
· Cardiovascular fitness
· Increased energy
· Improved sleep
· Reduced stress
· Better moods
· Weight loss

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Will my insurance cover a wellness program?

Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover wellness programs at this time. However, we hope to see this change in the near future.

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Top 10 Physical Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA 2015
We are proud to announce that Sports & Wellness Physical Therapy was awarded the 2015 Physical Therapy San Luis Obispo Patients' Choice Award.
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