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Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my visits be?
Please allow 1 and a half hours for your first session. Due to COvid we have you arrive 30 minutes early for your appointment. After following CDC guidlines of taking temperatures and filling out appropriate paperwork, we escort you to a private room for an automated check in on a computer (we can assist you in using as needed), a medication list is taken, history and current issues are documented. By arriving early will allows a full 45 minutes of a one on one session with your therapist. Each follow up visit is also a 45 minute session one on one.
What should i expect on my first visit
During your one on one 45 minute session your history and injury will be discussed. After an extensive evaluation using different evidence based practices and testing you will be treated with a combination of manual, therapeutic exercises, or modalities. Treatment is up to the individual therapists as to their experience in treating your ailment. A home program is routinely given either via email or printed so you can continue your home care appropriately.
Do I need to bring anything to my first visit?
Please bring your insurance card, a list of medications and dosages, prescription from doctor if you are not Direct Access. If your insurance requires a referral or pre-authorization, it is your responsibility to obtain one and bring it with you or your insurance may not cover your service. Under “Direct Access” you may come for 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first. If you have a Medicare or Medicaid plan, you must have a prescription for PT as the Direct Access does not apply.
Do I need a prescription to go to physical therapy?
Under the “Direct Access” law, you may come for physical therapy for 10 visits for 30 days, whichever comes first without a prescription. After that, you must have a prescription from a physician to continue physical therapy. Most insurances will pay for your physical therapy without a prescription. Medicare and Medicaid patients must have a prescription. Without one they will not pay for your therapy.
What insurance do you accept?
We are contracted with most insurance companies. We also offer a low self-pay rate if you have no health insurance. Our billing manager has worked at Clifton Park Physical Therapy since 1998. With her extensive knowledge and experience with insurance companies, she can easily assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding your benefits.
Insurances we participate with:
- BS Northeastern NY
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Empire Plan NYS
- Federal Blue Cross
- Senior Blue
- United Healthcare
Please call our office if you do not see your insurance listed.
How many times a week will I need to go to physical therapy?
Most doctors will write on their prescription with a frequency and duration. If the doctor does not write it on the RX, your therapist will let you know the best frequency. Usually patients come in 2-3 time per week, depending on their injury.
What type of equipment does the gym have?
Our spacious gym is equipped with treadmills, arc trainer, TRX system, balance y system, recumbent bikes, upper body arm bike, kettle balls, medicine balls, free weights, resistance band systems and rebounders.
What preventative care options are available?
We offer a maintenance program to our prior patients providing the ability to continue their therapy in a familiar environment. It can be intimidating going to a gym to get stronger and recondition after an injury. Our patients enjoy being able to continue their therapy having a therapist nearby for any questions.
How is Clifton Park Physical Therapy different from other therapy offices?
Clifton Park PT is an independently owned and operated office. We are staffed with highly specialized and experienced therapists. Kristine Wanmer, PT the owner, has been working in the Clifton Park Community for over 20 years, specializing in the McKenzie Method, manual mobilizations and myofascial pain. She believes in treating the patient as a whole and providing only the best service.
You will receive only the best care from our highly trained therapists. Stacey Szwetkowski provides our athletes with her expertise in running and body movement patterns, and is certified in FMS.
Our office is very welcoming. We want you to feel at home when you walk in the door rather than a doctor’s office. We have five private treatment rooms and a full gym equipped with new exercise machine