Frequently Asked Questions
We know many questions come with the various types of physical therapy practices, so we have compiled a few of the most commonly asked questions that we receive here at Coastal Rehab. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
Do I need a referral to come to physical therapy?
The State of North Carolina is one of forty-seven states in the country who do not require a referral from a physician to receive a physical therapy evaluation or treatment. There are some exceptions; Medicare requires a referral be obtained prior to receiving physical therapy services. This referral may come from a medical doctor, physician’s assistant, or clinical nurse practitioner. Some insurance companies require a referral to provide insurance coverage. Please contact your insurance company to see whether or not a referral is required.
North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield does NOT require a referral for physical therapy.
What does a physical therapist do?
Physical Therapists work in many areas involving overall health and wellness. In any situations where you need your body to move and function at it’s best, a physical therapist can help!
What types of education/training do Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants have?
Accredited programs provide extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease and injury patholophysiology in addition to skilled therapeutic treatment application. Physical Therapists attend continuing education courses to stay up to date on the most current and advance treatment protocols and latest medical developments and treatment approaches.
Physical Therapy Assistants have graduated from an accredited program and passes a state board exam to receive their license for practicing as a physical therapy assistant. Physical therapy assistants receive an associate degree at graduation and complete continuing educations each year.
What should I expect on my first visit?
What should I bring to my first appointment?
- Unless you have previously filled out our new patient forms, you will need to arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out our paperwork.
- Your insurance card
- Picture ID
- Prescription for therapy
- List of all medications you are taking
- You should wear or bring your glasses and hearing aids.
- If you have had any tests please bring the results/reports (i.e. X-ray, MRI CT scan, EMG/NCV).
- In the case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, please bring any contact names, phone numbers and your claim number.
What should I wear to my appointments?
Dress comfortably. Please wear loose, relaxed clothes that you can exercise in. If needed, we will provide a hospital gown for assessment and treatment.
How long will each visit last?
Each visit is typically about 1 hour; however, the duration of your treatment will depend on the type of problem we are treating and your response to therapy. If you have time constraints due to work or other appointments, please let your treating therapist know and we will do everything we can to accommodate your schedule.