How much does Physical Therapy Cost? 

Physical Therapy sessions vary depending on the patient’s insurance coverage and the treatment provided in that session.  We verify each patient’s insurance and can provide you with a summary of your benefits upon request.

 

Can I use my insurance to pay for Physical Therapy? 

Yes, we accept all PPO insurance plans, however we are only in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. We will submit your insurance claims directly to your insurance provider on your behalf, no additional steps necessary from the patient.

 

How long is a usual session?

Sessions tend to last 60-75 minutes depending on your injury and plan of care set forth by your therapist.

 

How does Physical Therapy help my knee pain? 

Knee pain can manifest due to a variety of issues.  We provide a thorough examination, movement assessment and video analysis to determine the muscular deficits and movement dysfunction that may be contributing to the knee pain.

 

In other words- Most often muscles are tight, other muscles are weak… That imbalance- your movement changes for the worst and leads to knee pain.

 

How long does it take to recover from a back or knee injury? 

This is going to be cliché… but every injury and recovery time is different. I have seen patients of similar demographics with similar injuries and the recovery for each patient can be vastly different.

 

Surgical cases- There is generally a timeline (protocol) that allows for a staged progression of therapy allowing the addition of exercises and activities at different phases of the rehabilitation program.

 

Non-Surgical Cases- General Knee/Back/Shoulder pain

I generally suggest 4-6 weeks (6-8 weeks if pain is lasting longer than 1 month) of therapy. Patients often come to therapy when the pain starts to interfere with daily activities such as lifting, dressing, sleeping or walking. The beginning phases of therapy include pain management along with flexibility and mobility exercises, followed by muscle activation and progression to functional strengthening toward the end of therapy.

 

I have been to physical therapy before and it didn’t help.  How is TFI different?  

At TFI, we believe every patient can find benefit from physical therapy.  Our clinicians are well versed in helping patients who have failed previous therapy protocols and live in chronic pain or fear of pain.  Our approach to therapy for EVERY patient is to find the root cause for adopting poor movement patterns and postures.  This applies to the weekend warrior, professional athlete and the working professional.

 

We aim to break down the compensation patterns and teach proper mechanics to improve the efficiency of the human body. We believe the human body is a mechanical system and where there is one hitch in the system, there can be many.  We assess the whole body and not just your specific injury. This ensures we are not missing an integral part of the movement dysfunction puzzle.

 

Please check out our testimonials to learn more about what our patients say about our services and unique approach to therapy and performance. http://thefitinstitutechicago.com/

 

When should I seek treatment from a physical therapist? 

Physical therapists are movements specialists and have a keen eye for picking apart movement dysfunctions that contribute to pain and/or lead to traumatic injuries such as ACL and rotator cuff tears.

 

If you have pain or believe that you are moving in a way that contributes to frequent pain, seek advice from a physical therapist and address your concerns early. The earlier you address the movement dysfunction, the sooner your muscles will begin to work efficiently to support your body during daily and recreational activities.

 

We also offer complimentary injury screens where you can discuss your concerns with a practitioner and he/she will determine if PT is the place for you.  We can also assist with communication with your doctor or provide you a referral should you need help finding a specialist.

 

Do you work with Worker’s Compensation and Auto Claims? 

We do work with both types of these insurance plans. We will need the claim information and contacts we will need to notify during the rehabilitation process.

 

Does your facility offer Graston?

We do have clinicians who are Certified Graston Specialists. There are various methods of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization that will be used during your therapy sessions.

 

I received Graston previously, and it hurt a lot.  Is it supposed to hurt that much and am I supposed to bruise?

Graston is an Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization technique focused on reducing muscle adhesions and fascial restrictions.  Per the Graston Website

GT is not designed to be painful or cause excessive bruising. Occasionally, as with any form of manual therapy and depending on the patient’s condition, minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterward may be experienced. GT clinicians are trained to recognize these symptoms and adjust treatment intensity to minimize their occurrence, while realizing the benefits of the technique. GT does not need to be considered “painful” to be effective. Please inform your clinician if you are experiencing discomfort anytime during treatment.

For more information: http://www.grastontechnique.com/faqs

 

I am a runner and I have occasional knee pain on the outside of my knee.  What should I do to help my symptoms? 

It is likely that you have a muscular imbalance through your legs, contributing to poor running mechanics.  You can try adding some quad and glut stretching to your program before and after your runs, however this won’t completely help your symptoms until your mechanics are improved.  Try to think about these three things when running to see if your knee pain goes away.

Cadence– Maintain a short and quick stride to reduce the force absorbed by your body from hitting the ground.

Base of support- When looking down at your feet, make sure your feet are not crossing your mid-line. You want your feet under your hips

Foot Strike– Try landing on your mid-foot or your forefoot. Avoid heel striking as the force from the ground tends to be 5x your body weight.

Check this out…http://www.runnersworld.com/run-faster/proper-running-form