How do I select a physical therapist?
You have the freedom to choose your own physical therapist.
Your physician may refer you for physical therapy provided in the physician’s office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest (owns). You are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility and should consider your own best interest in selection of a physical therapist.
Virginia allows patients to go directly to a physical therapist without a physician’s referral first. This often speeds up the process of getting symptoms under control and back to your life.
All of OSPTA’s physical therapists have qualified and received the certification required for direct access.
Keep in mind that your insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first or may limit your access to preferred providers only.
Please call our office to clarify issues specific for you
Do I need a physician referral before calling OSPTA?
No. You can call OSPTA directly and schedule an appointment.
What should I know about my first visit?
Your first visit will include an evaluation by a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Your DPT will perform an examination to identify current and potential problems. Based on the results of the examination, and considering your specific goals, your DPT will design a plan of care to include specific interventions and will propose a timetable to achieve these goals, treat your pain and optimize your movement and function. You will given instructions to perform activities at home to facilitate your recovery.
We want you to always feel comfortable and ask any questions regarding your course of care, including specifics regarding interventions and expectations.
How do I prepare for my first visit?
Make a list of any questions that you might have, so that you can make the best use of your time with your physical therapist.
Complete the patient information form you were provided prior to your visit. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Complete the medical history form, even if some of the information seems unrelated to the condition for which you are seeing the physical therapist.
Bring your insurance card and your physician’s referral form (if you have one).
Make a list of any medical conditions of your parents or siblings.
Consider bringing a family member or trusted friend along to help you remember details from your own health history and to take notes about what is discussed during your visit.