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If you’re in pain, don’t move well, have a reduced quality of life, tired of being on or being offered drugs, and/or have not gotten improvements from other medical care, a initial assessment from a PEAK Physical Therapist may be
If physical therapy isn’t the best option for as determined at the initial assessment, we will educate you, discuss with you your best options, and make appropriate recommendations to help you find the best healthcare for you. A little bit of knowledge applied correctly have have a profound affect.
PEAK Physical Therapists are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pain, injuries, dysfunction, post surgical repairs and more.
Yes & No. Depending on the therapist, you may or may not need a referral. Also, some insurances may require a physical therapy referral prior to the initial assessment. Call us to see if you insurance requires a referral or not.
Another exception is the treatment of Dry Needling. As mandated by the State of Virginia, a referral denoting dry needling needs to be on the prescription.
Yes. We are a very busy practice and scheduling an appointment is essential. Contact us ahead of time to minimize your wait and get your quality of life back.
A comprehensive initial assessment is multi-faceted and essential.
First, a detailed history of possible pain and your problem with be taken, including any previous episodes that you may have had, in addition to relevant health and lifestyle questions.
Second, following this history taking, a physical assessment will be made to determine the clinical diagnosis of your pain or injury. During this time, you may be asked to partly undress so that the physical therapist can examine the problem and surrounding areas more accurately (please see: what should I wear to my physical therapy session below).
Finally, following both the history and physical assessment where a clinical diagnosis is determined, a “Personalized Care Plan” will be discussed with you outlining your treatment program and how many sessions we estimate it will take to get you back to enjoying life free of pain or injury.
You will need to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your Initial Assessment to complete the Patient Registration Form. Please honor this because any delay will unfortunately reduce your assessment and treatment time.
To save you time, the Patient Registration Form can be made available for you via email. Simply print out, complete the form at your leisure and bring it with you to your Initial Assessment. If you have chosen this option, we still need you to arrive 10 minutes prior to finalize paperwork prior to starting the initial assessment. Please just let us know and we would love to provide it to you.
- If you are referred from a Doctor or Specialist, please bring the referral letter.
- Any X-rays, CT-Scans or MRI-Scans and their reports relevant to your injury.
- A list of your current medications.
- Health Insurance cards and a Form of I.D.
- Your calendar so you can schedule appointments.
The Physical Therapy assessment and treatment generally requires access to the area of concern so please wear loose, comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement. If you wish to bring a change of clothes, a T-shirt (or a singlet for neck and shoulder problems) and shorts are advisable. If your injury involves running, please bring your running shoes.
The number sessions of physical therapy depends upon the injury, chronicity of the issue, execution of home treatment, as well as the individual. Each treatment plan is specifically tailored and an estimate of how many sessions you may need will be determined following the Initial Assessment. Your progress will be regularly checked throughout the course of your treatment to ensure progress is being made at all times.
You would be helpful for you to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Sometimes we are running ahead of schedule (yes, it can happen in medicine) and we can start a bit early. Also, we try to be on time as well to honor your time and commitment
If you happen to be running late, please give us a courtesy call and let us know. If you are going to be later than 15 minutes, we may or may not be able to see you (case by case basis). Remember, missed and being chronically to appointments late will unfortunately reduce your treatment time and may negatively impact your recovery process.
Missed appointments are an inconvenience to the clinic and our other patients (we have a long list of people waiting to get an appointment at all times), and generally means that you will require more treatment to recover and result in a charge.
People who repeatedly miss or reschedule appointments will regretfully be discontinued from physical therapy care.
PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation accepts Cash, Check, Credit Cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover) for co-pays, co-insurances, bills and any services not covered by insurance.
As a courtesy, insurance claims are billed directly to the insurer and secondary provided all of the necessary documentation is completed. The gap fee for each treatment session can be paid by any of the previously outlined methods.
Yes. If you have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident and to progress your claim correctly and promptly, you will need a Doctor’s referral and provide us with your claim number from your insurance company before attending your initial assessment.
I’m in pain, need to see a PEAK Physical Therapist, and begin the healing process. How do I contact you to book an Initial Assessment appointment?
- Call us at 757-564-7381 to speak to our friendly receptionist to schedule. Or,
- Simply fill out the contact form on our contact page and one of our friendly receptionists will contact you to schedule within one business day. Or,
- Send us an email at email@example.com and one of our friendly receptionists will contact you to schedule within one business day.