What does a Physical Therapy session look like?
- Evaluation: Your first initial visit will consist of us performing thorough diagnostic testing measuring your range of motion, strength, neuromuscular deficits, and overall how your injury is affecting your life.
- Sessions following your initial evaluation are very individualized to your specific injury. We use manual therapy and modalities such as massage, dry needling, ultrasound, and hot/cold interventions along with strengthening and stretching exercises to help you return to normal function.
How long will each treatment last?
- Typically, sessions will last 45 minutes – 1 hour unless requested otherwise.
What should I wear?
- You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Make sure you bring your physical therapy referral (provided to you by your doctor) and your payment information. If your insurance is covering the cost of physical therapy, bring your insurance card. If you are covered by Workers’ Compensation, bring your claim number and your case manager’s contact information. If you are covered by auto insurance or an attorney lien, make sure you bring this information.
Is Physical Therapy painful?
- One of our primary objectives is pain relief. This is accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance. Your pain is our guide and we will work in a pain free zone to accomplish your goals. If you ever experience any pain please let us know and we will adjust our treatment.
Who pays for the treatment?
- In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. If you are unsure of your coverage eligibility, please contact your insurance carrier. We do our best to make the billing process easy for you. Please feel free to contact us if you have difficulty finding or understanding your current physical therapy benefits. We are here to help.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment technique performed by physical therapists certified in this procedure. A very thin needle is inserted into a muscle for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Electrical stimulation may be applied to improve response to this treatment.
Conditions that may benefit from dry needling include but are not limited to:
Low back pain
Acute or chronic muscle strains
Do I need a referral for physical therapy?
- Montana is a direct access state meaning you do not need to see a doctor before you see a physical therapist. However, some insurance plans require a doctor’s referral before they will cover your physical therapy. Give us a call at 406-363-2794 and our staff will be happy to help determine if your insurance requires a doctor’s referral before your initial physical therapy visit.