What is physical therapy, what do physical therapists do?
Physical Therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain, improve or restore mobility- all in an effort to improve function. Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage conditions so that they will achieve long-term benefits. Every patient is examined by a PT, and then a plan of care is developed with that individual in mind. PT is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. PTs use a variety of proven methods to accomplish the goals of both the therapist as well as the patient, including: therapeutic exercises, hands-on or manual techniques including joint manipulation and soft tissue mobilization, taping/bracing methods, custom foot orthotics, balance training, modalities such as heat/cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, iontophoresis, and other unique treatments. Our therapists also perform sport-specific rehabilitation, in addition to design of performance enhancement and injury prevention programs for athletes of all levels.
How long are appointments?
The first visit at Front Range Therapies Castle Rock is scheduled to last approximately one hour. Follow-up visits vary depending on the individual patient’s situation and can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour for most patients.
Do I need a referral to start physical therapy?
Legally, anyone can come to a physical therapist in Colorado without a referral from a doctor; however, some insurance companies require a physician referral due to their own coverage policies. Please call our office and we will verify whether you need a referral or not.
What injuries or problems do you see?
We see people with quite a variety of orthopaedic, sports, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and spine conditions- sprains, strains, disc problems, arthritis issues, pain for no apparent reason, headaches, people recovering after surgeries, balance issues, biomechanical related symptoms, endurance, conditioning, agility/speed/power programs…. we see patients of all ages and athletes from amateur to professional.
What is MDT?
McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck, and extremity problems. An evidence based approach, the key distinction of MDT is in it’s initial assessment component- a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Certified McKenzie clinicians have valid indicators to know right away whether- and uniquely how- the method will work for each patient.
Are all physical therapists licensed?
Physical therapists must be licensed by the State of Colorado. You can check the Department Of Regulatory Agencies for the license status of any therapist. Only a licensed physical therapist can use the titles “Physical Therapist”, “Licensed Physical Therapist”, “Physiotherapist”, and the abbreviations “PT” or “LPT”.
What should I bring with me, what should I wear?
For your first visit, please bring: comfortable shoes and clothes, doctor’s referral (prescription for physical therapy), a list of medications and/or medical history, your ID, and insurance card.
Will I see the same physical therapist for each visit?
Yes. We strive for continuity of care and efficiency. Seeing the same physical therapist each visit helps accomplish goals faster. We attempt to keep you with the same therapist throughout your sessions; however, once in a while the need might arise to see another physical therapist. Rest assured, every PT is licensed, competent, has many years of experience, and has your goals in mind. And we will not pass you off to an unlicensed person. We do not depend on technicians or assistants.
How long has Front Range Therapies Castle Rock been in business?
Front Range Therapies Castle Rock is the original, longest-standing, privately-owned physical therapy clinic in Douglas County. We have been serving the people of this fantastic community that we all call home since 1979. Our families appreciate your support of our family-owned business.
What if I am out of network or do not have insurance?
Please call and speak with our administrative personnel- they will assist you in making the best decision for your physical therapy needs based on the insurance options available. We accept most insurances and offer self pay rates for those who do not have insurance or want the freedom of not using their insurance due to occasional coverage restraints.
My doctor gave me a referral to somewhere else for physical therapy. Can I still come to see you?
Yes. You have the ethical and legal choice as to where you go for physical therapy and are not required to go somewhere as dictated by anyone else. Explore your options and choose the best place for you. Call, come by for a tour, and meet our team if it will help you decide that Front Range Therapies Castle Rock is for you!