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How Do I Find the Right Physical Therapy Near me?

The Right Physical Therapist Near By

For most people, the first step in finding a physical therapist is to 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.  We at Emery Physical Therapy 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

We Can Help With This

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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Should You Rely on JUST Your Physician's Recommendation?

Make Sure You Choose the Best Place For You, Not Someone Else

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 your 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; its just a business arrangement.  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  

This Is The Very Best Form Of Recommendation

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

Check Social Media and Online Reviews To Get the Full Picture

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.

In addition, you can find first-hand reviews of other patients from social media review pages such as Google Reviews, Yelp, and Facebook.

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Meet or Call the Physical Therapists Prior to Your Appointment

You're Going to Spend Some Time Here.  Get to Know the Place and Staff

Every state in America allows you to meet a physical therapist without a physician referral, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  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

Choose a Therapist that has Expereince in Your Condition and the Certifications

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. There is a reason that  a variety of treatment options exist.  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.  

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Consider How You Will be Getting to Physical Therapy

You May Have to go 2-3x/Week; Make it Convenient.

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. That is why our office is conveniently located on the corner of Oakton and Mount Prospect Road with great parking and handicap accessibility.

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Recovery In Physical Therapy

We Are Here To Help You Get Started!

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 after a number of physical therapy sessions they do one of two things. The patient either does not maintain their workout routine at home or they are feeling better and then push themselves into doing more which can result in reinjury. While in physical therapy it is very important to speak with your physical therapist and follow their instructions to safely get back to your daily routine.

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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 and 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. In fact, 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, physical therapy near Mount Prospect, 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.

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