Florida Physical Therapy (PT) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Physical Therapy and what do Physical Therapists do?
Physical Therapy in Florida is a licensed health care profession specializing in treating neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. For instance back pain, neck pain, extremity pain such as shoulder or hip pain, may all respond well to pain treatment at a Florida Physical Therapy center.
A physical therapist in Florida will examine you and establish a treatment plan that will help you with strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and/or balance. Exercises may include stretching, core strengthening (especially for back pain), weight lifting, and potentially receiving a home program (homeworkJ).
In addition to the active exercises and stretching, your physical therapist may include heat, ice, water, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or a TENS Unit. These are smart people, so be sure to ask questions – Education is key and Knowledge is Power!
What problems are treated with Physical Therapy Florida?
There are a ton of conditions that respond well to PT. Post operative treatment after fracture surgery, total joint replacement, acute or chronic back pain/neck pain, strokes, Parkinson’s, and much more.
Can I choose where to go for my Florida Physical Therapy?
Yes you can. Florida is a direct access state so for the most part a referral is not required. There are a few insurances where patients do actually need one though. Florida physical therapy clinics may take every insurance out there or not, so it is best to check ahead of time with your prospective Florida Physical Therapist.
How do I choose a Physical Therapy Clinic?
If you want to choose your physical therapy clinic directly, simply click HERE and then put in your city or zip code. Options will pop up, and you will be able to read a bit about each clinic and then call for more information.*
How many Physical Therapy in Florida visits will I need?
This is variable, the average is 12 visits to physical therapy. Rome (the city) was not built in a day, and similarly it often takes multiple visits to improve your underlying condition significantly. For instance, after a total knee replacement it takes 6-12 weeks to regain range of motion and strength, and Physical Therapy is a vital element of the rehabilitation process.
What should I wear?
Comfortable athletic type clothing. Clothes that will allow you to move around sufficiently, especially the body part(s) being rehabilitated. You may work up a sweat, so a change of clothing may be in order.
Is Physical Therapy painful?
It should not be overtly painful, and if so there may be an underlying problem. However, it should make you work and may make you sore. That’s the goal, to improve your function and see an overall pain reduction with the series of treatments. It may entail some soreness to reach that goal. If you are having pain during the Florida physical therapy, make sure to advise your physical therapist about it.