Frequently asked questions

What else can be done to improve my condition?

Many physical therapy programs include specific exercises that can be safely performed at home to speed the recovery rate.  Your therapist will provide specific instructions on which exercises and stretches can be performed and how often they should be done.  Dedication to the physical therapy program and entire rehabilitation process are essential to achieving effective results.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

In most cases, physical therapy is covered by insurance, although there may be a co-payment required for each session.  We will be happy to assist you in determining the details of your individual plan.

What should I wear to my sessions?

Patients are encouraged to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, as they will be moving around performing a variety of activities.  Shorts are recommended for patients with ankle or knee injuries to provide accessibility to the affected area.

How often are sessions needed?

The frequency of sessions also depends on each patient's individual condition, but two to three sessions each week is considered average.

How long does a physical therapy session take to complete?

The length of your individual physical therapy program will vary depending on the type and severity of your condition, as well as your progress throughout treatment.  Your therapist may monitor your program on a regular basis in order to ensure the most efficient, thorough recovery and restore to function.  Most patients undergo physical therapy for at least a few months.

What happens during a physical therapy session?

Many physical therapy sessions will begin with a heating and/or stretching session to prepare the body for the mechanical work it is about to endure.  Your therapist will then work with you through a series of stretches, exercises and other activities custom-designed to restore strength, movement and flexibility to your injury. 

Depending on your individual condition, your physical therapy session may include:

Therapeutic exercises
Functional training
Manual therapy techniques
Massage
Electrotherapeutic techniques

These activities usually progress in difficulty and intensity over the course of treatment sessions.  Each session usually ends with an icing session or therapeutic massage to help the patient cool down.  The patient's progress may be discussed after each session as well to determine any changes to treatment that may be required.

What can I expect during my first visit?

During your first physical therapy session, your therapist will perform a physical examination and discuss your needs and goals for treatment.  A customized physical therapy plan will then be developed, which can include a unique combination of exercise, massage, and minimally invasive treatments to help restore you back to health and allow you to once again partake in your favorite activities.

What kinds of conditions can physical therapy be used for?

Physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions, allowing patients to restore function and return to the activities of their everyday lives.  At Broward Manual Rehab, we treat patients with neurological disease, arthritis, traumatic brain injuries or orthopedic injuries.  We also provide recovery care for patients who have recently undergone surgery or a stroke.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is an effective treatment method dedicated to improving movement and functionality in people whose age, disease or injury has restricted them. These programs help patients recover through the use of restorative exercises that focus on developing muscle strength, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and overall pain relief. With our physical therapy services, we strive to promote overall health and fitness to aid in the patient's recovery, and also to prevent re-injury and maximize the patient's quality of life.

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