Atlantic Sports & Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
Your Partner for Health & Fitness since 1994
Contact us at (434) 978-4915
Contact us @ 434-978-4915
NEW PATIENTS
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During your first visit you can expect the following:

Arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed 
(you can download from our website)
You will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy. 
We will copy your insurance card. 
You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist. 
The therapist will discuss the following:

Your medical history. 
Your current problems/complaints. 
Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem. 
How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations. 
Your goals with physical therapy. 
Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health. 

The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:

Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem.
 This is done to check for the presence of tenderness,
 swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature,
 inflammation, etc. 

Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s)
 to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions. 

Muscle Testing - the therapist is checking for strength
 and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and
 weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength
 is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening. 

Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see
 how the nerves are communicating with the muscles,
 sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes
 may be assessed as well. 

Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests
 to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems. 

Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative
 to ideal and each other may be assessed. 

The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created from input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.

What Should I Bring?
Make sure you bring your physical therapy referral (provided to you by your doctor) and your payment information. If your insurance is covering the cost of physical therapy, bring your insurance card. If you are covered by Workers' Compensation, bring your claim number and your case manager's contactinformation. If you are covered by auto insurance or an attorney lien, make sure you bring this information.
How should I dress?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants so we can perform a thorough examination. 


How long will each treatment last?
Treatment sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes per visit 

How many visits will I need?
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need months of care.
It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical
history, etc. You will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and when you see your
doctor, we will provide you with a progress report with our recommendations. 

Why is physical therapy a good choice?
More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source.
Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physical therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.

Is physical therapy painful?
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan

Is my therapist licensed?
Atlantic Sports & Rehab has all Physical therapists (PT's) that are licensed by the State of Virginia and we also have Board Certified, and Direct Access certified Physical Therapists. 

Who pays for the treatment?
In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. Check our Insurance page so you can see our accepted insurance coverages. Sometimes there is a copay that is needed. Make sure you talk to our receptionist so we can help you clarify your insurance coverage.  

What do physical therapists do?
You have probably heard of the profession of physical therapy.
Maybe you have had a conversation with a friend about how
physical therapy helped get rid of his or her back pain, or you
might know someone who needed physical therapy after an injury.
You might even have been treated by a physical therapist yourself.
But have you ever wondered about physical therapists--who they
are and what they do? Many people are familiar with physical
therapists' work helping patients with orthopedic problems, such
as low back pain or knee surgeries, to reduce pain and regain
function. Others may be aware of the treatment that physical therapists provide to assist patients recovering from a stroke (e.g., assisting them with recovering use of their limbs and walking again).
The ability to maintain an upright posture and to move your arms and legs to perform all sorts of tasks and activities is an important component of your health. Most of us can learn to live with the various medical conditions that we may develop, but only if we are able to continue at our jobs, take care of our families, and enjoy important occasions with family and friends. All of these activities require the ability to move without difficulty or pain.

Because physical therapists are experts in movement and function, they do not confine their talents to treating people who are ill. A large part of a physical therapist's program is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery. Physical therapists work as consultants in industrial settings to improve the design of the workplace and reduce the risk of workers overusing certain muscles or developing low back pain. They also provide services to athletes at all levels to screen for potential problems and institute preventive exercise programs. With the boom in the golf and fitness industries, a number of physical therapists are engaged in consulting with recreational golfers and fitness clubs to develop workouts that are safe and effective, especially for people who already know that they have a problem with their joints or their backs. 

The cornerstones of physical therapy treatment are therapeutic exercise and functional training. In addition to "hands-on" care, physical therapists also educate patients to take care of themselves and to perform certain exercises on their own. Depending on the particular needs of a patient, physical therapists may also "mobilize" a joint (that is, perform certain types of movements at the end of your range of motion) or massage a muscle to promote proper movement and function. Physical therapists also use methods such as ultrasound (which uses high frequency waves to produce heat), hot packs, and ice. Although other kinds of practitioners will offer some of these treatments as "physical therapy," it's important for you to know that physical therapy can only be provided by qualified physical therapists.
Most forms of physical therapy treatment are covered by your insurance, but the coverage will vary with each plan. Most states do not legally require patients to see their physicians before seeing a physical therapist. Most of the time all you have to do is ask your doctor if physical therapy is right for you.

We offer Trigger Point Dry Needling for patients requiring a cost effective option for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction.  Our Therapist, Debbie Oickle, P.T., MHSc, OSC, MTC is certified and licensed to perform this unique skill. {This approach is based on Western anantomical and neuro-physiological principles. Not to be confused with the Tradiotional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture (Travell & Simons 1999).}



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