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Agape Physical Therapy

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Physical Therapy

1. You DO NOT need a referral or prescription: 

Have you been waiting until the next time you see your doctor to get a referral to start physical therapy?  No need to wait! In New York State you are given 10 visits with a doctor of physical therapy with 3 years of clinical experience within a 30 day period.  In fact, patients with spine pain whose first medical contact was with a physical therapist saved about $1,500 dollars in medical expenses.  Agape’s clinicians also work closely with a large network of physicians and specialists in the Rochester area and can direct you to the appropriate provider if needed for your condition!  Sign up for an evaluation by a doctor of physical therapy anytime!

2. Physical Therapy is SAFE for you:

5-things-to-know-before-starting-physical-therapy.jpgPhysical therapy is a very conservative and safe form of treatment and is usually the first line of defense when it comes to treating a wide variety of diagnoses.  Physical therapy facilitates your own body’s healing potential through movement.  Physical therapy is also a form of prevention and can stop certain conditions from starting or prevent your current condition from worsening.  

3. Physical Therapy is COVERED by your insurance plan:

Physical therapy is covered by nearly all health plans. Out of pocket cost to you will vary greatly from plan to plan.  We always encourage attending the initial evaluation to establish a plan of care with your therapist who is prepared to help you make the best possible investment into your well being.  Before your first visit our Client Services Advocates will review your insurance plan and let you know exactly what you will be responsible for financially.

4. Physical Therapy is EVIDENCE BASED: 

What does this mean?  This means that the plan of care that is created for you by your physical therapist will be based on the most up to date medical evidence and research.  Agape has a history of being at the forefront of rehabilitation technology including cup therapy, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the virtual reality C-Mill, and the HydroTrac Underwater treadmill.  This is to ensure that your rehabilitation is as effective as possible at providing a quick and safe recovery.  

5. Physical Therapy might be PAINFUL:

This might be the main reason why you would avoid starting a physical therapy.  Rehabilitation can be a tough process and we know this.  That is why we strive to make your entire experience as seamless as possible.  Your therapist is trained to make your experience as comfortable as possible and will adjust and modify your program based on your pain levels.  Your therapist can also implement a number of pain relieving treatments to make the rehabilitation process easier.  Our front office staff will make sure to take care of any and all concerns regarding paperwork and insurance to allow you to concentrate on the most important thing - your recovery!

If you are interested in getting started with PT or have any further questions we encourage you to contact a PT today by filling out our contact form or giving us a call at your preferred location.

Adam Krahmer, PT, DPT
Regional Coordinator
Director of Education
[email protected]
My name is Adam, I am originally from the Syracuse area and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nazareth College in 2014. I completed my last clinical rotation of PT school at our Brockport location which led me to work for Agape. I have always wanted to be a physical therapist working in the community where I live and this job allows me to do just that. I love to incorporate core stabilization into my treatment plans as much as possible as the core is the foundation of all movement. I look forward to meeting you and helping you along your journey of rehabilitation.