FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

we've put together some frequently asked questions to help you understand what you can expect AT EDGE, and other bits of useful information!

General

  • What is physical therapy?
    • Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession utilizing scientific and evidenced based methods to help restore, maintain or improve physical performance. Physical therapy is used to prevent, improve, or eliminate impairments in movement, completion of activities of daily living, and functional performance. 

 

  • Is physical therapy right for me?
    • Physical therapy is provided for people of all ages who want to decrease injury risk, improve impairments/functional limitations, as well as restrictions in activity. Everyone is different, and when you contact EDGE PT we will discuss your unique issues and decide if PT can be helpful. 

 

  • What kind of treatments do physical therapists provide?
    • EDGE PT therapists utilize the most evidenced based, and modern methods to help patients improve their function. Treatments include hands on manual therapy, therapeutic corrective exercise, deep muscle stimulation (DMS), functional dry needling, functional taping, NORMATEC compression boots, neuromuscular re-education. All treatments at EDGE PT are completed One on One with skilled professionals. 

 

  • Is physical therapy painful?
    • In most cases physical therapy should NOT increase pain or make your condition worse. Sometimes treatments can be uncomfortable due to muscle or other body restriction but the PT's at EDGE will be  monitoring and educating you about your progress to ensure proper response to their interventions.

 

Insurance

  • Do I need a referral or prescription from my doctor to come to physical therapy?

    • With Direct Access laws in NJ the answer is usually no unless your insurance requires it (Medicare). We will still remain in contact with your MD during your episode of care to update your progress.

  • What insurance plans do you accept?
    • We accept most commercial plans, MVA, PIP, and PPO plans. We do not accept HMO or EPO based plans. We are a direct access, out-of-network provider. To see a list of accepted insurance carriers, click here.

 

  • Will my insurance cover physical therapy?
    • This depends on your out of network benefits and deductible, but in most cases yes. Sometimes you may be responsible for a portion of your care but this will be discussed prior to your initial evaluation. 

 

Getting Started

  • When is the best time to start physical therapy?
    • Preventative care is always the best option to screen out for potential risk of injury, so seeing a PT before or soon after an injury can decrease the amount of time you'll need to recover. With direct access laws in NJ, patients can see a PT without a prescription from their MD so just because you aren't in pain now doesn't mean that you aren't at risk for injury later down the road. In certain cases your MD may want to hold off on beginning PT too soon after injury/surgery. 

 

  • What should I expect on my first visit?
    • Your PT will discuss the history of your injury/functional limitation, run through a physical screen to test for potential impairments, provide treatment, and begin to build a unique plan of care for you. In most cases you'll leave with a home exercise program developed specifically for you. You'll also fill out relevant paperwork required by law. 

 

  • What should I wear?
    • You should wear comfortable/workout type clothing/shoes with access to the skin/area around the region of concern. We do have areas for patients to change in. 

 

  • What do I need to bring?
    • Bring your driver's license, insurance card, MD prescription(if needed) and any other relevant documents (X-rays, MRI's, etc) to your area of concern. You can also fill out your paperwork by downloading it here: http://www.edgesportsmed.com/forms/

 

  • How long is a typical session?
    • Initial Evaluations are typically between 1-1.5 hours and follow up visits are typically between 40min-1 hour. These will be fully One to One with the PT.

 

  • How often should I visit?
    • Most patients typically require 2-3 sessions per week and this will be further discussed with your PT during your first visit.

 

  • How many sessions will I need?
    • This can vary greatly on the type of injury as more major injuries can require months of rehabilitation. Most patients average 10-20 visits per episode of care over 4-6 weeks time. 

 

  • What are my responsibilities during physical therapy?
    • Show Up! 
    • Be an active participant in your rehab (ask questions, tell us your goals, etc) 
    • Consistently complete your home exercise program
    • Please contact us if you are going to be late at least 2 hours before your appointment time.
    • Stay focused during your PT visits. 

 

Office

  • What are your office hours?
    • Mon-Fri 8am-8pm by appointment.

 

 

  • How do I reschedule an appointment?
    • Give us a call at 201-845-3000 to reschedule. 

 

  • What if I am late or miss an appointment?
    • Please call us as soon as you know you may be late or have to miss an appointment. In many cases, we may be able to re-schedule for that same day. We understand emergencies happen and you are not always able to reach us to reschedule. If this is the case please call us as soon as you are able.

 

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