Don’t Go to a Physical Therapy Mill!
Over the years, the declining reimbursement for Physical Therapy services has resulted in some clinics instituting approaches designed to increase revenue. Unfortunately, one of these approaches is to see more patients in less time which can result in poor quality of care. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a physical therapist or physical therapy clinic:
Six Keys to Finding a High Quality Physical Therapist
- A Patient Centered Approach is one of the most important qualities of a successful physical therapist. With this type of approach the physical therapist educates the patient about their condition, encourages questions and collaboration, and involves the patient in treatment decisions.
- Licensed Physical Therapists. Choose a clinic in which the care is provided by a licensed physical therapist.
- Custom Exercise Prescription. The physical therapist should provide exercises that are specific to your needs and not use a “one size fits” all approach to exercise prescription.
- Individual Attention. Choose a clinic with physical therapists that see one patient at a time. Some clinics require their therapists to “double book” or even “triple book” patients in order to increase revenue.
- Integrated Treatment. Look for a physical therapist who utilizes a combination of manual therapy, individualized exercise programs and advice regarding self management when treating patients.
- Long Term Results. Be wary of clinics that over-utilize treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser, hot packs and cold packs. These treatments may offer short-term comfort, however, they offer very little in regards to long term results.
Remember: You have a choice regarding your physical therapy treatment location. Interview the physical therapist and make sure they are the right fit for you. If you would like to interview any of our physical therapists you can call Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404, stop by our location in Lakewood, CO or visit our Contact Us page.