Specialized therapeutic services are available for your convenience and to enhance the continuity of care between our physicians and therapists. Our therapy clinic is equipped to manage all orthopaedic conditions and is staffed with licensed professionals to provide the highest quality of care.
Q: Is therapy covered by my insurance?
A:Most insurance companies do cover physical and occupational therapy services in full or partially. As a courtesy, we will call your insurance company to confirm your benefits prior to your therapy evaluation. We also work directly with patients who need special payment arrangements. If you have any questions please call the therapy department.
Q: Does therapy require a physician’s referral?
A:Yes, in the state of Alabama a signed physician’s referral is required for treatment.
Q: I have heard that therapy will hurt. Is this true?
A:It is not our intent to cause either increased or additional pain. Sometimes there are temporary increases in pain levels particularly after the initial evaluation or when beginning a therapeutic exercise program. Our goal is to restore maximum function without increasing discomfort or pain, but excellent pain relief can be provided by your therapist if there is a temporary increase in your pain.
Q: How long will each therapy session last?
A:You can expect your average therapy session to last from 45 to 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.
Q: What should I expect on my first therapy visit?
A:You will be evaluated by a therapist licensed in the state of Alabama with specific qualifications to deal with your orthopaedic condition. He/she will explain the treatment regimen, expected outcomes, and appropriate exercises/activities that will enhance functional outcome.
Q: What should I wear to my therapy session?
A:Lose fitting clothes or shorts and tennis shoes are preferred.
Q: When would I receive occupational therapy services versus physical therapy?
A:Both occupational and physical therapists work closely with the orthopaedic surgeons to provide evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care for patients with musculoskeletal, cumulative trauma, and a wide variety of soft tissue injuries. The focus of occupational therapy at AOC is on rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity to assist individuals with maximizing functional independence.