- Patient Info
- 1. How much will it cost?More
In Network: If Peterson PT is in network with your insurance company we will make you aware of your financial responsibility whether it’s a copay, coinsurance and/or a deductible at the initial visit. The terms of your insurance contract are set by your insurance company. As their subscriber, you agree to their contract terms when you sign on with your insurance carrier.
Out of Network: If we are not in network with your insurance company, we can submit your claims to your insurance carrier as an out of network provider. Your financial responsibility is based on the contract terms you have with your insurance carrier. Please keep in mind that most insurance plans have a separate annual deductible for out of network services. We will do our best to give you as much specific information as we can at your initial visit.
Flat Fee: If we are not in network with your insurance carrier and you opt NOT to have us submit as an out of network provider we do charge a flat fee per visit of $96.00. This fee is per 1 hour treatment and does not vary based on what treatment is provided.
Bear in mind that many in network plans still have deductibles and high copays. Paying a flat fee at Peterson PT gives you a full 60 minutes of time one on one with your licensed and experienced Physical Therapist. Some might think opting in network is a better option but many clinics double and triple book their patients every 30-45 minutes. That means less time with the professional you are there to see and more time with support staff. When you break down what you’re paying per minute you may find that paying a flat fee is a much better value for your time and money. If you have a Flexible or Healthcare Spending Account (FSA or HSA) you can use it for Flat Fee payments at Peterson PT.
*Federal regulations prohibit us from accepting cash from Medicare beneficiaries for treatments that are reimbursable by Medicare. There are some treatments that Medicare does not cover and if you would like to pay cash for these treatments you will be asked to sign an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) form.
- 2. Does Insurance Pay for Dry Needling?More
At this time there is no official treatment billing code (CPT code) specifically designated for trigger point dry needling and insurance companies do NOT reimburse for it. At Peterson Physical Therapy, we charge $15.00 for trigger dry needling. This charge is in addition to any copay or coinsurance that you are responsible for based on your insurance contract.
- 3. How many sessions will I have?More
Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit and explained to you by your physical therapist.
- 4. Will it hurt?More
Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.
- 5. What should I bring to my first appointment?More
Please have your prescription and insurance card available when you call. This will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.
To bring on your first visit:
- A prescription (if needed) for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA.
- Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card).
- Print out the patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any case manager or insurance adjuster contact names, phone numbers, and claim number.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any remaining paperwork, so you can maximize your time in your evaluation.
- Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your problem areas.
- 6. How do I schedule an appointment?More
Our scheduling is easy and we offer a convenient location and appointment times for you. We have morning and evening appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Call us today or simply fill out the schedule appointment form on this page.
- 7. How do I know if physical therapy will help me?More
Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your current condition and even set up a free consultation if you choose.
- 8. What is physical therapy?More
Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians. Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.
While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, your physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.
- 9. What is trigger point dry needling (TDN)?More
TDN is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm that commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. Each muscle has a specific referral pattern for pain. These patterns were mapped out in the exhaustive work of 2 pioneering physicians Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons. When a muscle develops a trigger point pain symptoms can include localized pain in that area or pain in an established pattern that may seem unrelated to the problem area. A common referral pattern is illustrated below for the upper trapezius muscle and the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Dysfunction in these muscles can cause debilitating headaches as well as jaw and facial pain.