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Frequently Asked Questions

Committed Essex County Physical Therapists Providing Useful Insight

At Options Rehab, our physical therapists in Essex County are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who are dedicated to helping their patients get results.

  • What does physical therapy consist of?

    Physical Therapy treatments may consist of a series of strengthening and stretching exercises, a variety of modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, cold laser, electric muscle stimulation, and sometimes even manipulating specific parts of the body all with the purpose of decreasing pain and inflammation, while improving mobility, range of motion, and restoring your physical function.

  • Is it just exercises?

    A detailed treatment plan will be created based on the patient’s condition and abilities. Physical therapy may consist of over a dozen different types of techniques and treatments made up of exercises, stretches, manual therapy techniques, hot or cold packs, electric muscle stimulation, cold laser therapy, and therapeutic ultrasound.

  • Do I need a referral from my doctor?

    Physical Therapy does require a script from the ordering physician within the first 30 days of the patient starting treatment. At our facility we have the unique advantage that our patients can see our medical physicians on staff to be evaluated and manage their physical therapy treatment to assure efficiency in the patient’s rehabilitative needs.

  • Do I need to take a day off in-between visits?

    Typically it is not a problem to have back to back visits. Some acute conditions may actually require daily treatments to reduce pain and inflammation.

  • What makes you different from all of the other Physical Therapy clinics in the area?

    Options Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary facility offering a combined approach in treating a variety of conditions. We deliver physical therapy services in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Our 3,000 sq. ft. facility caters to every aspect of our patients’ needs. We have a full line of high tech equipment that allow us to customize the course of treatment and maximize the therapeutic outcomes. Our therapists are experts in the field, having mastered their craft through extensive education and years of experience. Options Rehab stands alone among facilities of its kind because of the depth and scope of its multi-faceted therapeutic programs.

  • How do I know if physical therapy will help me?

    Our team can work with both you and your doctor to learn more about your options and determine if this is the right course of action for your needs.

  • How do I schedule an appointment?

    We are proud of the convenience we are able to offer for our patients. We have morning and evening appointments available seven days a week. Please be certain you have your insurance card and prescription information available when you call, so we can verify your insurance and give you and accurate estimate.

  • What to bring on your first visit

    There are several things to bring with you when you come in for your first visit:

    • A prescription for physical therapy (if necessary) from your physician, PA, or ARNP
    • Insurance information
    • Completed patient forms
    • For cases of car accident or workers’ compensation claims, bring in your insurance adjuster contact or case manager’s name, number, and claim number

    Please be sure you arrive 15 minutes early to ensure that your paperwork is in order so you can be sure your evaluation is as efficient as possible.

  • Will it hurt?

    For the most part physical therapy is not painful. At times, if doing physical therapy after an injury there can be some slight discomfort. We work with our patients to go at a slow comfortable pace that is good for them.

  • Does insurance cover my treatment?

    A majority of insurance companies cover the types of physical therapy services we offer, though the type and amount of coverage can vary between companies and plans. At your first visit, our team will verify your coverage and give you an idea of what is covered. If you wish, you may choose not to utilize your insurance, instead paying for services with a private plan.

  • What if I don’t have insurance?

    For patients who do not have insurance, we offer a discounted fee, due at the time of service.

  • What type of payment do you accept?

    We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service. Your insurance benefits will be determined before your second visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.

    For those patients who do not have health insurance or those who have maxed out their benefits, we offer a self-pay rate. Please contact us today for more information on our fees for service and payment details.

  • What do I wear?

    It is best to wear loose fitting clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise. We can work around the patient’s clothing if necessary. We also have garments for patients to use if need be.

  • How long will my therapy sessions last?

    The initial visit requires a comprehensive examination along with treatment recommendations. We ask our patients to plan for at least an hour on their first visit. Follow up visits can take anywhere from 45 – 60 minutes per session.

  • What types of education/training do your therapists have?

    Physical therapists are experts trained in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Our therapists have many years of experience and each and every particular therapist has a well-diversified background in physical therapy to fit our patient’s needs. Our therapists are proficient in specialized treatments ranging from Kinesio Taping techniques to McKenzie Protocols.

  • What happens if my pain or problem comes back?

    Sometimes the patient’s may have a relapse in care which is precisely why we have a team of multidisciplinary professionals to assist along the way.