When it comes to physical therapy, there seems to be quite a lot of misinformation out there. In New York State, physical therapy has its own set of rules and regulations, and it can be tricky to navigate- especially if you have never needed physical therapy before. There are so many nuances that when it comes to physical therapy here at BC + PT in New York State, we wanted to clear the air and bust some of the most common physical therapy myths and questions you may have heard of!
Do I need a referral?
According to New York State guidelines, yes, you are required to have a physical therapy script to receive treatment. Scripts can be acquired from your primary care doctor, medical specialist such as an orthopedic doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or podiatrist. At BC + PT our doctors and front desk staff would be more than happy to help guide you to where you can acquire a script for PT.
Any Medical Professional Can Do PT
Physical therapy is a unique, one-of-a-kind practice. Doctors of physical therapy spend years getting their certifications, and many of them also have unique certifications as well. Physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist with dozens of practice hours beneath their belt. So no, not any medical professional can provide physical therapy services- only doctors of physical therapy can!
Physical therapy is the same as massage
While both physical therapists and massage therapists can perform massages, massage therapists typically obtain licensure, while PT’s need a doctorate in physical therapy to practice in NYS. Physical therapists can provide stretching, strengthening and other important modalities that contribute to whole-body wellness. Physical therapists can combine not just massage, but also use other techniques, exercises, stretches, and build a workout plan for you.
Physical Therapy is only for injuries
While physical therapy can definitely help with injuries, physical therapists can treat so much more. At BC + PT, our doctors also accept both Workers Comp and No Fault insurances. While not all private insurances are accepted, we do also have a cash rate if you are really interested in receiving treatment - just don’t forget about getting a script! But besides injuries, our physical therapists are happy to treat chronic pain and provide treatment for preoperative and postoperative (surgeries) as needed!
Surgery is more effective
While surgery may seem like the only option for some conditions or injuries, it may not be. Depending on your specific needs, physical therapy could be the right treatment option for you aside from surgery. Physical therapy is a collaborative process, one in which you and your doctor work together to monitor your progress, and they can help encourage you throughout your appointments. One of the positive aspects of physical therapy over surgery is that it can be much more cost-effective. Additionally, many surgeries require physical therapy as part of the recovery process for a better outcome. Having a team like the docs at BC + PT before any surgery, or after surgery is a great way to feel the support you need to get through your healing journey.
If you are ready to or have been considering consulting a physical therapist, this is your sign to give us a call, or fill out one of our contact forms. We are here to help, so start waiting and start healing!!