FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is Physical Therapy? Physical Therapy is the process of developing, maintaining or restoring maximum movement (range of motion) and functional ability.
  2. Why is physical therapy useful? By restoring normal movement and a normal biomechanical motion, physical therapy can reduce pain and increase function allowing you to resume activities that may have been painful before.
  3. What does a physical therapist do to restore motion and function?  A physical therapist may use, but is not limited to, manual therapy interventions including joint mobilizations and massage; therapeutic exercise to facilitate strengthening and regaining range of motion; neuromuscular reeducation to assist in restoring proper movement patterns and biomechanics; and therapeutic modalities including but not limited to ultrasound, electrical stimulation and iontophoresis.
  4. How do I get started with physical therapy? According to Texas state law, physical therapists can perform only an evaluation when you do not have a medical practitioner’s prescription/referral.  In order to begin treatment after the evaluation, physical therapists must obtain a signed plan of care/prescription from a medical practitioner.  A medical practitioner can be a physician, a physician’s assistant, a podiatrist, a nurse practitioner, a dentist or a chiropractor.  If you already have a prescription/referral for physical therapy services, you can choose the physical therapy clinic from which you want to receive services. We would love to be your first choice!
  5. What happens during my first physical therapy visit?A highly trained and licensed physical therapist will evaluate your condition, including your medical history, pain levels and locations.  Your functional limitations will also be discussed. You physical therapist, in conjunction with you, will develop a treatment plan to get you back on the road to recovery.  As you are an integral part of this process, feedback from you during the evaluation and treatment is critical.  Physical therapy is a team effort between you and your therapist.
  6. What do I need to wear to my visits? Loose fitting clothes are optimal and will depend upon your injury. For example, if you have a shoulder problem, a t-shirt or tank top will work. For a knee problem, loose pants or shorts. We also provide shorts and gowns if you forget to bring loose fitting clothes.
  7. Does physical therapy hurt?  Our philosophy at Atlas PT is “no pain, no pain”.  Unfortunately, sometimes there is discomfort.  We ask that you notify us immediately if there is pain or discomfort so we can modify the activity to keep you more comfortable.