What can I expect from my initial visit? Will you just talk to me or also treat me?
During your initial visit, I will thoroughly evaluate you. I take your medical history and then look at your whole body regardless of where you have subjective pain. I typically take measurements of the body area of your complaint. Then I will give you a thorough treatment, covering as much ground as possible.
What kind of techniques will you use to treat me?
I use primarily osteopathic manual therapy techniques. My approach is hands-on and includes a variety of manual techniques for muscles, joints, the head, the connective tissues, internal organs, nerve fibers and circulatory vessels including lymphatic tissue. I use the following techniques in my practice: Strain/ Counterstrain including for the fascia, Muscle Energy Technique, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release and Lymph Drainage Therapy.
Additionally I give my patients exercises to relax or strengthen their muscles and to improve their posture. I teach them how to use their body more efficiently.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an out of network provider for insurance companies and take payment in full at time of service. I will provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is suggested that you call your insurance company beforehand and inquire how much they will reimburse. I am also not enrolled as a Medicare provider.
If you had a motor vehicle accident I will bill your auto insurance directly and you don’t have to pay anything. See below for more information regarding MVA’s.
Do you offer a consultation? Can I talk with you beforehand?
Yes, upon request for new patients, I offer up to 30 minutes of free consultation by phone or in person. We can talk about your condition and I can explain to you what I could offer you.
How much do the visits cost and how much time will you spend with me?
The initial visit costs $165 and the follow up visits are $130. The visits are an hour long and the first visit is a little longer.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment is by check or cash. In an attempt to keep overhead costs to a minimum and not pass them on to patients, I currently do not accept cards.
I was in a Motor Vehicle Accident. Will you bill my auto insurance?
Yes, I do bill your auto insurance directly after you had a motor vehicle accident as long as your PIP benefit (personal injury protection) has not ended and it is within the first year of your injury. It is suggested that you get an order for Physical Therapy from your MD, ND or Chiropractor.
What if I can't keep my appointment?
A minimum notice of 24 hours is required to avoid being charged the full appointment fee. Exceptions are made for emergencies.
What are your office hours?
My office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Earliest appointment are 9:00 am last ones in the day start at 5:30 pm. If these times don’t work at all for you, talk to me and I see if there are any other possibilities.
How many treatments will I need before I see any results?
I like to see a patient 1x/week for 3-4 weeks and then re-evaluate. By that time you should have made significant progress unless your case is extremely complicated. Most people feel significant improvement within 4-6 visits. At that point some patients decide to come back for a tune up once in a while.
I have a chronic condition. Will I need ongoing therapy?
On the 2nd visit, I will know better how successfully your body has utilized the first treatment and how quickly you will progress. Some patients require ongoing care because they have a condition that can never be fully reversed. In any case, I try to space the treatments out as far as it is advisable and teach patients enough self-help techniques that they can maintain themselves between treatments. Often I teach their partner to do some of the techniques at home.
Do I need a physicians order?
In Oregon Physical Therapists have direct access, which means that you can see a physical therapist without a physicians order. Some insurances though require you to have an order. Therefore it is advisable that you inquire with your insurance provider about this first if you want to be sure about being reimbursed later for your visits.
What kind of conditions are you treating?
Musculosceletal pain of all kinds including sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, chronic pain, overuse injuries, ankle injuries, headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, TMJ, poor posture, fibromyalgia, digestive problems, respiratory problems, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff problems, edema, pelvic floor dysfunction, pain due to abdominal or pelvic scar tissue, Motor vehicle Accidents, to name just a few. Just inquire if I might be able to help you. I also treat infants and children and many times the whole family.