Common Physical Therapy Q & A

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy (PT) is a health care specialty provided by a licensed Therapist with a concentration on evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Practitioners utilize hands on techniques such as mobilization, manipulation, neuromuscular re-education and massage to assist with restoration of normal range of motion. Therapists also use therapeutic exercise and modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, heat and ice to assist with managing pain and swelling, to regain range of motion and improve strength.

Where can I go for Physical Therapy?

Do I have to follow a doctors referral? If my Doctor refers me to a clinic in Louisville or Shelbyville can I still come to Spencer County Physical Therapy? Absolutely! As a patient you have the right to choose any physical therapy provider for your care. Most insurance companies do not require a referral or prescription from your doctor.

What is a Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapy Assistant?

A Physical Therapist (PT) is a licensed health care professional who is responsible for evaluating a patient, determining the musculoskeletal diagnosis and developing a personalized treatment plan based on the specific deficits and needs of each patient. A Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) is a licensed health care professional who operates under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. S/he assists in carrying out patient treatment plans.

Can I come to see you without a referral?

Yes! At Spencer County Physical Therapy, we offer a free consultation to determine if you would benefit from PT. If so, you can then make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition. Most insurance companies do not require a referral or prescription from your doctor.

Do you accept my Insurance?

We are a participating provider for most major insurance plans. We will be happy to check your insurance benefits, just stop in with your insurance card. You can also inquire about self pay options.