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Common Questions

Below are a few of our commonly asked questions.

Common Questions

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is treatment to improve mobility, relieve pain, and restore physical function and overall fitness. This can be done by using a combination of manual therapy, exercise, education, and modalities such as electrical stimulation, heat, and cold treatments to work toward these goals.

Who can provide physical therapy?

Physical therapy can only be performed by licensed physical therapists.

What type of treatments do physical therapists do?

Some of the treatments you may receive from your physical therapist can include, but are not limited to, manual mobilizations, muscle strengthening, range of motion, exercise programs, mechanical traction, gait training, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and ice/heat.

Is physical therapy right for me?

Patients can benefit from physical therapy for many different reasons such as sports injuries, lower back pain, muscle pain, arthritis, vertigo, stroke, fractures, joint replacements, and amputations.

Do I need a physician referral?

Whether or not you need a referral from your physician depends on your insurance. Under direct access, patients can seek treatment without a referral from a physician if they feel they have a problem(s) that may benefit from the skilled services of a licensed physical therapist. However, certain insurances do not cover visits under direct access. Our staff are available to advise if a referral is required.

Where can I go for physical therapy?

Physical therapy is offered in several different types of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, rehab facilities and in your own home.

Is physical therapy painful?

Physical therapists seek to relieve your pain and discomfort through hands-on techniques, movement, and modalities. In some cases, these techniques can be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize an individualized treatment plan to maximize recovery while minimizing pain. It is important that you communicate the full intensity and duration of pain to your therapist so that he or she may make necessary adjustments to your treatment program and schedule.

What our patients are saying...

I’ve been to physical therapy for various injuries in the past and I had a pretty negative opinion of the effectiveness of Physical Therapy, I felt it was mostly required by the insurance industry to get you to quit so they would get out of paying for a needed surgery. That was my opinion until recently.  After a shoulder injury, I was sent to Great Lakes by my family doctor. I went along to play the game so eventually I could get a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. My experience with the staff at Great Lakes has completely changed my opinion on Physical Therapy. Everything about this practice has been positive from the way the practice is run to the treatment by the therapists themselves. They are much more attentive and hands on than any other experience I’ve had. I can actually see and feel the benefits I’ve received from their treatment. I would, and have, highly recommended them to family and friends.

- Gilbert P.