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HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT PHYSICAL THERAPIST NEAR ME?

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The Right Physical Therapist Near By

You’re injured but you don’t want to be out of the game too long.  You’ve already had a work up and have a diagnosis or you need someone to point you in the right direction.  You’re in luck.  A physical therapist can provide you with a detailed plan to help you recover by incorporating pain relief and the appropriate rehabilitation protocol. For most people, the first step is go to Google and search “physical therapy near me” and hope they can find someone that can get the process started.  

Simply searching for a  “physical therapist near me” or “physiotherapist near me” may not be enough though.  And not all physical therapists and physical therapy centers are the same.  I want to share with you some thoughts on choosing the right physical therapist and facility.   

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Double Check with your Health Insurance

If you have a PPO, you can more than likely go anywhere but you can get preferred rates if you go within the network of contracted physical therapy facilities. You can go on their website or call them directly to ask them about physiotherapists near by your location.  In addition, insurance companies also have their preferred physical therapy options that they have approved and will therefore assist with the cost. In a world where the dollar has profound influence, whether or not your physical therapy bill is covered is important. Some insurance companies also provide reviews and insight on specific practices, making research even easier.

As part of dealing with insurance companies, find out if the policy requires a co-payment for services. This will depend both on your insurance plan and whether the physical therapist is in network with the insurer. Due diligence can help you to avoid extra out-of-pocket costs.

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Ask Your Physician for a Specific Recommendation

If you are in need of physical therapy because of an injury, your doctor may be able to help you. Over the years doctors have built relationships with different physical therapy offices and that will aid you in choosing the physical therapist that meets you needs the best.  Their experience will effectively narrow down the best therapists near you.

However, there are a few things to watch out for.  If your doctor refers you to a large chain without naming a specific therapist, it could be an indication that the doctor does not have a close relationship with any particular person in the practice.  You could get stuck with a therapist that doesn’t specialize in your particular condition or someone with minimal experience.  

Sometimes they may refer you to their  own physical therapy center where they have their own financial incentive.  There isn’t anything specifically wrong with this, but you need to make sure  they are referring you to who they think would be the best for your particular condition and and where it would be the most convenient location for you..

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Don’t Forget to ask Friends and Family  

Friend and family referrals and recommendations are always a good start to narrowing down your search for a therapist. Friends and family are able to give you first hand information about their experience with the facility and the care that they received while being treated.

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Visit Websites

Visiting facility’s websites may also provide you with pertinent information. Important information you may find on their websites include the company’s contact information, insurance, testimonials, and services provided. Some websites may also provide patient specific information such as health tips, therapy descriptions, and printable forms.

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Meet or Call the Physical Therapists Prior to Your Appointment

The State of Illinois allows patients to see a physical therapist without a referral.  It is a good idea to visit the office or call to get an understanding for how the front desk operates and to see if you can ultimately be comfortable at this facility with the therapist and the staff. Trying to recover from an injury may take a heavy toll on the patient in more than one aspect so being comfortable with the environment is crucial for recovery. The therapist will not only be your medical professional, but your motivator and your guide.

For this reason, Emery Physical Therapy has carefully chosen a staff that’s not only knowledgeable, but also positive and conscientious.  Most importantly, we know how to listen. You as the patient understand what motivates you and what will work well for you. This is the reason why Emery Physical Therapy takes the time to carefully listen to the needs of the patient, answer any questions that they may have and explain to them the process of recovery which is tailored to each patient.

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Look for a Specialist with Experience in Multiple Treatment Options

Not everyone is going to respond to treatments the same as others. Choosing a physical therapist that is able to customize treatment plans for you is in your best interest. A therapist that does not customize treatment plans to the patient's needs may cause them further injury and aggravation.  For example, patients may have the same soft tissue injuries but that does not mean that they all respond to the same treatment.  The therapist should have the experience to treat a variety of complicated conditions and have various treatment techniques such as manual care, myofascial release, spinal manipulation, dry needling, and joint mobilization just to name a few. 

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Consider How You Will be Getting to Physical Therapy

Your time is valuable and the distance you may have to travel will also narrow down which physical therapy office may work best for you. Find a place that is convenient for you.  Emery Physical Therapy is conveniently located at the corner of Elmhurst Rd and Oakton and borders Mt Prospect, Des Plaines, and Elk Grove.  We are 1 minute from the I-90 expressway which makes us a good choice for the Northwest Suburbs.  We are in a professional medical building with easy parking and handicap accessibility.  

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Recovery in Physical Therapy

Each person’s recovery in physical therapy depends on a multitude of factors. Some of those factors include type of injury, severity of the injury, repeat injury and most importantly how well the patient follows directions. When most patients begin to feel better they do one of two things. The patient either does not maintain their exercises or they overdo their activities which can result in reinjury. That is why it is important to find the right physical therapist that can progress your rehabiliation safely and effectively.  

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Choosing the Right Physical Therapy for You

Always keep in mind the choice is yours.  Find the right facility and therapist for your needs.  In fact, if you feel that the physical therapist you were referred to is not meeting your needs, you always have the option of choosing another physical therapist.  Your recovery may depend on it.

Injury rehab and recovery is a personal struggle that requires proper care and attention. That extends to whom you choose to be your physical therapist. If you are in need of physical therapy near Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Elk Grove, Park Ridge or nearby areas, come to Emery Physical Therapy for a one-on-one personalized plan of care. The skilled care that we provide is what makes us different from hospital and corporate settings.  Call us today at 847-786-2014.

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