What should I bring to the first appointment?
Please bring your insurance card and the referral or doctors prescription if you have one. If you have any lab results, x-ray or MRI reports, please bring copies with you. If you are covered under Workers Compensation, please inform me prior to your first visit, in which case I will need a current physicians prescription for physical therapy and your WC #. Wear or bring comfortable, loose fitting clothing or bring shorts and a low cut tank top if appropriate for treating your condition. If the patient is a child under age 18, a parent or guardian must accompany them to the first visit. On this website you will find New Patient Forms that would be helpful to have filled out and brought with you if at all possible. If you are coming for orthotics, please bring any old orthotics or foot beds you already have along with footwear you most often wear.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
I will review your history and any other reports that you may have brought. I will then do a thorough evaluation, either from a physical therapy and/or Chinese medicine approach. The remaining time will be spent treating you according to the findings from the evaluation process. The first visit typically lasts 60-90 minutes.
Do I need a referral to see you for physical therapy or acupuncture?
Wyoming is a direct access state for physical therapy, meaning a physician or other authorized health professional prescription is not required for physical therapy. However, some insurance companies require one for services to be covered. Acupuncture typically does not require a prescription as most insurances do not cover it in WY. Some out of state insurances may require one, however.
Will I get a massage at PT?
Deep tissue massage techniques may be part of your treatment, however, it is not a primary treatment and should not be considered the same as ‘having a massage session’. Deep tissue techniques may be useful for a variety of reasons: to facilitate venous return from a swollen area, to relax a tight muscle or to relieve pain.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary depending on what I am seeing you for, how long it takes, and whether I see you for both PT and acupuncture or just acupuncture. Please check under BILLING for more questions answered.