Frequently Asked Questions
At Ouachita & Winnsboro Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who are dedicated to helping their patients get results.
What is physical therapy?
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 reoccurring.
How do I know if physical therapy will help me?
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.
Can I go to any physical therapy I choose?
As a patient you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. Please note that even if we are not on your plan, you should choose us to help you, due to our unique knowledge and excellent results.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Our scheduling is easy and we offer convenient locations and appointment times for you. We have morning and evening appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Contact us today or simply fill out the Request an Appointment form at the top of this page.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
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 take 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.
Will it hurt?
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.
Does insurance cover my treatment?
Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, visit our insurance plan page and please do not hesitate to contact our office. We do offer different payment options for your convenience.
What type of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, debit card and credit card. We are happy to discuss payment plan options, as well.
What do I wear?
Dress comfortably with clothes that allow easy access for the therapist to examine your problem areas. For treatments, loose fitting clothes that you can do gentle exercises in and sneakers are often a good choice to wear.
How long will my therapy sessions last?
Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 30-60 minutes. The time will be based on your specific needs and your therapist will discuss this with you.
How many sessions will I have?
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.
What types of education/training do your therapists have?
Physical therapists have years of University level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology and many of the other medical sciences. Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state licensed. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree. Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.
Do you offer programs for me once I’m better?
Yes, once you have completed your therapy sessions, your therapist will review your continuing home program. We do offer a variety of programs to continue your strengthening and fitness goals, maintain your health and prevent injury. Ask your therapist today for more details.