Frequently Asked Questions

How can physical therapy help me?
A licensed physical therapist can evaluate your condition and identify the source of your pain or dysfunction. Once evaluated, the therapist will develop a treatment program that will usually involve some form of manual therapy and exercise, as well as modalities if they are needed to treat the problem areas. You will also receive instruction on a home exercise program as well as education on proper body mechanics and posture to prevent re-injury.

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Me?
Occupational therapists help individuals who have had an injury, illness or disease that interferes with their ability to perform activities throughout the day. These activities can include work skills, self-care, or any activity which is necessary or desired part of the patient’s life. An evaluation is performed to determine what the patient needs; some examples are cognitive assessment, safety awareness, fine and gross motor skills, pre-vocational and work abilities for the employed, and activities of daily living such as dressing or home arrangement. Treatment will generally include education, goals to be achieved through a targeted therapeutic plan, and preventative post-treatment care. The occupational therapist can also indicate ways in which to adapt the home or work environment, teach the use of adaptive equipment, and educate family members. At R&R, our occupational therapist will work to optimize the patient’s functional independence.

What is Certified Hand Therapy? 
We are proud to be one of a few clinics in the greater Columbus area with a Certified Hand Therapist. Think about it: nearly everything you do in the course of a typical day involves the use of your hands. Though often taken for granted, the hand and the upper extremity to which it is attached are extremely complex and critical for maximizing the enjoyment of life. The evaluation and treatment of the hand and upper extremity is best carried out by a certified hand therapist: a specially-trained occupational therapist or physical therapist who has earned the CHT credential through practicing hand therapy for a minimum of five years and passing a rigorous examination. The CHT credential represents achievement of a standard of excellence comparable to board certification in other medical professions.

How can speech therapy help me?
Speech-language pathologists, who are often informally known as speech therapists, are specialists with training in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders to include; speech, voice, language, and swallowing. Speech pathologists perform a complete evaluation of your condition and then devise a treatment program based on your individual needs. Speech pathologists also treat conditions resulting from hearing loss, stroke, autism spectrum disorder, or brain injury.
Our speech therapist has vast experience and is fully trained in both the pediatric through geriatric populations, and certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation or NMES for swallowing.

What do I need to do to get started?
A prescription from a medical doctor is required in order to begin physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy treatment. Contact us today and we can get you started. We will need your name, insurance information and whether your injury is work related or not. Once we confirm that we are contracted with your insurance company, we can schedule your appointment.

Does insurance cover physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy?
Medical insurance generally covers the physical, occupational, and speech therapy evaluation and treatments. However, each insurance plan is different. We can check with your insurance carrier to determine your coverage. If you have any questions about insurance coverage call us and our staff will be glad to assist you in determining your benefits.

What if I have no insurance?
No insurance, no problem. If you do not have insurance (or have a very high deductible and would rather not go through insurance) we do offer a 50% discount to our “private pay” patients. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an estimate regarding the cost of your appointment because it will depend on your condition and which treatment techniques are required to treat your condition.

What will I do on my first visit?
Please come in 15 minutes before the start of your appointment to complete your patient paperwork. Bring along your physician’s referral, your insurance card and wear comfortable clothes. During your first visit, your therapist will complete an evaluation and may start your therapy treatment.

How Long Will the Therapy Treatments Last?
Some therapy treatments will be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 60 minutes. It is dependent upon your diagnosis; 45 to 60 minutes is typical for most patients. You might see a therapist once a week or a few times a week. The entire therapy treatments can take a few weeks or a few months to complete.

What Should I Wear to Physical Therapy?
For your initial physical therapy visit, it is important to wear (or bring) clothing that will allow us to evaluate your injury. For example, if you have a knee injury, please bring shorts. If you have a shoulder injury, please bring a tank top.If your therapy consists of exercise, please wear or bring closed toe shoes and appropriate exercise clothing.

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