Do I need an appointment?
Yes. Please call 248-733-4325 to schedule your initial evaluation with our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapist, or Personal Trainer. The doctor likes to spend their time with the patient on their first visit to ensure that you are given the proper diagnosis, an individualized home exercise program, hands on therapy, and education to jumpstart your recovery process. Our front desk staff is highly trained to coordinate your appointment so that you get as much time as you need with our doctor in order to have all of your questions answered.
Am I covered by insurance?
Please contact our office at (248) 733-4325. We are happy to speak with you regarding your specific health insurance coverage. We also offer affordable cash based payment plans.
Do I need insurance?
No. Michigan is a direct access state for Physical Therapy for the first 21 days of treatment for a condition. You can call our office at (248) 733-4325 to schedule an appointment and inquire about our out-of-pocket pricing.
Do I need a medical history?
Please bring any imaging results, medication lists and prescriptions to your first visit with us for physical and/or occupational therapy services. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy is highly trained and able to screen in/out different serious conditions that may impact your care and will adjust your individualized treatment plan accordingly.
Do I need a prescription from my doctor?
No. Michigan is a direct access state for Physical Therapy, you can have treatment for the first 21 days without a script. After 21 days, we will work to obtain a script from your doctor. If you are able to obtain one, you can have your doctor fax a script for PT/OT to (248) 268-7979.
How long will my therapy sessions last?
Typically, the first session is the longest as we take a detailed history, collect all of your insurance information, evaluate you, orient you to the clinic procedures, and start giving you the pain relief you've been looking for. Sessions last around 1.5 hours and fluctuate depending on how involved your situation is. We don't like to leave any issue unaddressed so we will take whatever time is necessary to make you feeling better than when you walked in. We are not ones to rush our patients out the door. So, relax, make yourself at home, and enjoy the company and our facilities!
What should I wear?
We will need to have the ability to visualize and palpate the are of your condition starting on your first visit. It is in your best interest to dress comfortably as you will be moving around some and initiating some light exercises. Loose clothing and athletic shoes are commonly worn and will allow you to leave with the most relief.
Is my therapist a doctor?
Yes, a Doctor of Physical Therapy will be completing your evaluation, design your plan of care, and coordinate with the staff to ensure you are consistently progressing according towards the goals established on your first visit. Your doctor also has a post-doctorate Diploma in Osteopractic and is fellowship trained. Only 1% of PTs are fellowship trained and only 260 Osteopractors exist world wide.
Do the treatments hurt?
You may feel soreness after treatment, similar to the muscle soreness felt after a new exercise. This simply means that you are progressing already and your body is adapting to the new changes in alignment, strength, mobility, and flexibility. Drink plenty of water, complete your home exercise program, and maintain compliance with your plan of care by attending PT/OT regularly. Some of the procedures such as Dry Needling, Cupping, Body Tempering, and IASTM, cause very brief periods of discomfort that let you know we are hitting the problematic areas and desensitizing your body to drive your baseline pain levels down. Don't worry, each treatment gets easier and easier as your body starts to heal. This discomfort is often welcomed relative to the amount of relief you will receive from our therapy services.
Do I need imaging studies beforehand?
Imaging studies are not necessary to treat. Our clinicians are highly trained to rule out and diagnose red flags as well as refer out to other providers if necessary. Through subjective history as well as special tests and measures, we are able to hone in on an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan without charging you for unnecessary imaging studies. In fact, X-rays are so over utilized that it was wasting money in the Canadian healthcare system so the Canadian C-spine rules were developed and have a sensitivity (ability to rule out a fracture) as high as 100%. Additionally, an X-Ray is not the gold standard for diagnosing a discogenic problem such as a herniation.
What if my physician recommended a different therapy place and/or wrote a different therapy clinic on my script?
It is your right to choose the therapy clinic of your choice. Sometimes your physician will recommend therapy at a particular sites, just let them know you wish to attend therapy at Back to You Physical Therapy and we will work with their office.