You are the only real boss of your own health. This also means that you get to decide which health care professionals to work with. The following guidelines have been designed to help you choose the right physical therapist for your needs.
In only four states is it a requirement to be referred by a medical professional if you want to see a physical therapist. These states are Indiana, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan. It is possible, however, that your insurance company has some restrictions on which professionals you can see. You are able to talk to your insurance company, however, particularly if you can demonstrate that your chosen provider is better qualified. For example, you might be able to request special facilities are used for your needs. Always check that the therapist you are interested in is a member of APTA, which means they follow the Association’s Code of Ethics. Members of the APTA have a very strong focus on compassionate care.
Once you start looking for a physical therapist, always remember that they should be fully trained to actually deliver this highly specialized care. You could choose to work with a physical therapy assistant rather than a therapist, but only do so if they are properly supervised. Speak to the clinic to ask whether your insurance company is acceptable. If not, then your financial responsibility will be a lot higher. However, do try to find out what the reason is why your insurance company doesn’t want to cover you. It is possible, for instance, that the mistreated patients in the past. You have to remember that what matters is that you get the best possible treatment, and this means spending some time doing your research. Make sure you actually go and visit the clinic if you can, just to see what the facilities are like. Try, if you can, to consult with the therapist, just to see how you feel in his or her presence. You should also try to find reviews on the treatment and facility from previous patients. Speak to people in your direct environment and go online to find these. Of course, if you really don’t know where to start, you could simply ask your physician for a referral. However, you do run the risk of then ending up with someone you aren’t happy with. This could also hamper your recovery progress.