THREE LAKES
physical therapy & wellness center
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I come to Three Lakes Physical Therapy and Wellness Center?

Three Lakes PT specializes in the pre-operative and post-surgical care of patients. Our surgical rehabilitation programs were designed to enhance your unique rehabilitation program by communicating directly with your physician. Our programs are designed with the patient’s individual goals and activities in mind.

Do you call my insurance to verify coverage for physical therapy visits?

We will call your insurance to verify coverage.

How much will I owe after my insurance pays?

You will be responsible for all co-pays and deductibles.

What is the cancellation policy?

We appreciate a phone call if you are not able to attend your physical therapy visit. Missing appointments will delay or impair your functional recovery, but we realize cancellations are sometimes unavoidable. There may be a charge for patients who cancel without providing adequate notice multiple times during their program.

Can I continue to work out at Three Lakes Physical Therapy and Wellness Center after I have been discharged?

We currently have no arrangements for continued work outs after your PT is completed.

Can I extend the duration of my physical therapy if I cancel a visit?

We will reschedule the missed visits if medically indicated.

What should I wear to my first physical therapy visit?

Wear or bring comfortable exercise type clothing that will allow the therapist to evaluate the area of concern.

How long will each therapy visit last?

All visits take about 1 hour.

Will you contact my doctor if I need more therapy than originally prescribed?

Yes. We are easily able to contact and coordinate your care with your physician.

Do I need a prescription to start physical therapy?

Yes. You will need a current prescription from your doctor. Our helpful staff is happy to contact your doctor or assist you to secure the prescription that you need.

Can Three Lakes Physical Therapy and Wellness Center contact my physician to discuss my progress?

Yes. Frequent communication enhances a successful outcome.

Who will be treating me at each visit?

Your first comprehensive evaluation will be done by one of our highly trained physical therapists. Subsequent visits will be directed by the physical therapist in conjunction with a physical therapy assistant.

How much physical therapy will I need?

Your program will be very specific to your needs, based on consultation with your physician and physical therapist. All patients are re-evaluated every 30 days to determine the duration of treatment.

I’m sore after I exercise. How do I know if I’m doing something wrong?

The answer to this largely depends on the pattern of soreness. If you have muscle soreness and even some stiffness that lasts no more than a few days and decreases when warming the muscles using cardiovascular exercise, then it is appropriate. If, however, the level of baseline soreness continues to increase with each strengthening session, that it is a sign that you are either doing too much or need to correct your technique. Muscle soreness is dull in nature and is usually located in the mid-muscle region. If your pain is sharp, occurs at a joint or right at a bone or involves numbness and tingling, you should seek professional advice. Using ice for 15 minutes every few hours, stretching the affected muscles and keeping blood circulating via motion such as walking, swimming or cycling will all help decrease the duration of muscular soreness following vigorous exercise.

Now that I’m feeling better, I want to return to my previous activities or start a new exercise or sport, but I don’t want to hurt myself again. How do I know how much I can do?

The answer to this question largely depends on how long it has been since you injured yourself or had surgery and what your fitness level was prior. If it has been less than six weeks since your injury and you have been cleared by your PT or MD, you may start at 60 to 70 percent intensity of your previous level and can increase 10 percent each week that you remain pain free. Keep in mind that intensity can be affected by time / distance, speed and resistance. Therefore increasing needs to be a total increase, not an increase in each. In general, it is usually preferred to return to full time/ distance prior to full speed. If your injury or surgery was prior to six weeks ago, drop your starting point back an additional 10 percent for each additional month off and progress in the same manner. If at any point your pain begins to return, drop back from your last workout 20 percent, remain there for two pain–free weeks and try to progress again. If you are unable, it is a sign you may need to return to your MD or therapist.

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