Here is a list of questions we get asked most frequently. If you have a question that you do not see answered here, feel free to send us an email or by calling any one of our clinics. Our staff will do their best to get your questions answered. 

What are your hours of operation?
Will my insurance pay for treatment? What would I have to pay each visit?
Do I need to be referred by my doctor?
What do I need to bring?
What should I wear?
How long is each visit?
What should I expect during my initial visit?
In addition to the evaluation, what else will be involved in my treatment?
How often are my treatments? How long do they last?
What is a Physiatrist?
What is a physical therapist?
What is an occupational therapist?
What is an acupuncturist?
What does acupuncture feel like?
Is acupuncture safe?
Does acupuncture work?
Are there any side effects to the treatment for the acupuncture?
Are there any ?Do?s and Dont?s? for me on the day of a treatment?
What can I do to get better while I'm at home?

 

 

What are your hours of operation?
Our clinic hours vary by location. Appointments can be scheduled at any of our clinics. For detail, you can click on ?Our Locations? link at this page.

Will my insurance pay for treatment? What would I have to pay each visit?
Most insurance plans cover outpatient therapy. Some of insurance plans cover outpatient acupuncture. Usually, there is a deductible and/or a co-payment for each visit. We collect co-payments at the time of your visit. For your convenience, we accept cash or check.

Do I need to be referred by my doctor?
All treatment requires a physician referral. After you getting your referral from your PCP. Our physiatrist doctor will do examination and evaluation and prescribe therapies (physical therapy/acupuncture) for you.

What do I need to bring?
On your initial visit, please bring doctor's orders for physical therapy, any applicable insurance referrals or referral numbers, your insurance card, and any other appropriate billing information. In addition, you may wish to download and fill out the physical therapy forms ahead of your first visit and bring them with you. Download forms

What should I wear?
Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is recommended. You may want to wear or bring shorts if we are treating an ankle or knee. We also provide gown at treatment sites for your convenience.

How long is each visit?
The first visit, the initial evaluation, takes about one hour. Each follow-up visit will take about 30 to 60 minutes, depend on your conditions.

What should I expect during my initial visit?
To initiate a program of therapy, the therapist examines the patient. This includes obtaining a patient history, performing relevant systems reviews, and selecting and administering specific tests and measurements to obtain data.

In addition to the evaluation, what else will be involved in my treatment?
Therapists may use one or a combination of the following interventions to achieve treatment goals:      Electrotherapeutic modalities, physical agents, mechanical, and/or thermal modalities
     Therapeutic exercises
     Manual therapy techniques (soft tissue and joint mobilization)
     Functional training in self care and home management
     Educational and/or application of assistive, adaptive, and protective devices and equipment

How often are my treatments? How long do they last?
Frequency and duration of treatment will be determined by your physician or after the initial evaluation by your therapist. The typical frequency is 2-3 times per week.

What is a Physiatrist?
Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are medical doctors who are:     Experts at diagnosing and treating pain
     Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
     Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
     Lead a team of medical professionals
     Provide non-surgical treatments
     Explain your medical problems and treatment plan
     Work not only on treatment but also prevention

What is a physical therapist?
Physical Therapists are licensed health care professionals who are experts in musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Therapists are trained to analyze movement and identify abnormal mechanics. From this assessment, a physical therapist will treat a dysfunction with manual skills. This will accelerate the recovery process.

What is an occupational therapist?
The occupational therapist is a trained and licensed health care professional who can make a complete evaluation of the impact of a disease on the activities of the patient at home and in work situations. The therapist also considers hobbies and recreational activities when making his assessment.

What is an acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery.
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.  Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment.  This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.

Is acupuncture safe? 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. Practitioners should use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and should swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant before inserting needles. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs.

Does acupuncture work?
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic prescriptions. It is important that your acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatment.

Are there any side effects to the treatment for the acupuncture?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination pattern, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.

Are there any ?Do?s and Dont?s? for me on the day of a treatment?
Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:
Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.
Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatment can be designed to best help you and your problem.

What can I do to get better while I'm at home?
Your therapy program will include a home program to be carried out independently. Our therapists use patient-related instruction to educate not only the patient, but also families and other care givers when necessary, about the patient's current condition, treatment plan, and future transition to home, work, or community role.
 

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