Frequently Asked Questions

What is physical therapy?

  • Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. Therapeutic exercise and functional training are the cornerstones of physical therapy. The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier. Physical therapy almost always includes exercise. It can include stretching, core exercises, weight lifting and walking. 
  • Physical therapy can help with recovery after some surgeries. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems. When a physical therapist sees a patient for the first time, he or she examines that individual and develops a plan of care that promotes the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. Your physical therapist may use manual therapy and techniques such as heat therapy, ice, aquatic therapy, ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Treatment may cause mild soreness or swelling. This is normal, but talk to you physical therapist if it bothers you. The therapist will also focus on the education of the patient to prevent recurring or future injuries.

Do I need a script from a doctor for physical therapy?

  • In Nebraska, a script is not necessary to receive physical therapy services. However, because we believe in a comprehensive plan of care, a phone call will be made to your primary-care physician to communicate the proposed treatment plan and to ensure that a contributing health factor does not exist that may compromise the results of your therapy. It is also important to note that some insurance companies require that a physician prescription be on file in order to receive payment on claims.

How much does an appointment cost?

  • Fees will depend on what is included in your prescribed plan of care. We strive to give our patients the necessary treatment regardless of the type of insurance coverage in force. We encourage patients to call us with questions regarding insurance coverage and benefits.

What do I need to wear?

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes. If you are coming to therapy directly from work, we have the necessary clothing on hand in order for you to be comfortable. If you would prefer bringing a change of clothes, we have private treatment rooms available for you to change prior to treatment.

Will patients be expected to disrobe for any part of their treatment?

  • In some cases, a patient is asked to change into a gown, similar to what you might wear at your primary-care physician’s office or hospital in order to provide effective treatment and protect the patient’s clothing.

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How long will each treatment last?

  • Your first appointment is typically 45 to 60 minutes long and each following appointment is typically 30 to 45 minutes long, depending on your prescribed plan of care.

How many visits will it take me to feel better?

  • This will depend on your diagnosis, prognosis and condition at the time you begin therapy. Typically physicians will prescribe two to three times per week for four to six weeks. Some degenerative, surgery-related or chronic conditions may require more visits; the number is usually identified in your prescription.

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Can I make payments?

  • We will verify your insurance coverage for you. As part of our “feel good experience,” we will do everything possible to accommodate each individual treated at our facility. We will be more than happy to help patients gain a clearer understanding of their insurance coverage and payment procedures.

Do you take X-rays?

  • No.

Can you prescribe medication?

  • No.

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We welcome patients from Humphrey, Norfolk, Columbus, Albion, Schuyler and close-by Eastern Nebraska areas. To schedule an appointment with us, please call our Columbus office at 402-564-5456, our Humphrey office call 402-923-1011, or our Norfolk – Northeast Nebraska Physical Therapy office at 402-371-8278. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form.

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