What Is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is the healthcare profession of using various treatment methods performed by licensed health care professionals to resolve various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions that have interfered with your normal lifestyle. Evidence based interventions are determined after an initial evaluation. These interventions include therapeutic exercise, manual therapeutic techniques, joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, moist heat, and more. In turn, one can restore independence and provide individuals with the means to return to work, play, family, and take advantage of all life has to offer. Independence gained or retrained through physical therapy is priceless.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists help patients to participate in the stuffs they desire and demand to do, through the therapeutic use of common daily activities. Occupational therapists involvement include helping kids with disabilities to join in school and social activities, supporting patients getting better from injury to recover their physical and mental abilities, and offering supports for older adults feeling physical and mental related variation. After an initial examination, evaluation and diagnosis, the occupational therapists will give you a personal recommendation and a therapeutic plan to start your rehabilitation process.
Is physical therapy the same as occupational therapy?
Although both have to be rendered by a licensed healthcare professional, and they use same therapeutic modalities to rehabilitate patients, but they are not the same and they don't use same methods to achieve patients improvements. Physical therapists help patients to reeducate various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Moreover, occupational therapists support and rehabilitate patients, from little babies to old adults, who have a disability to perform important daily life activities, or any body upper extremity diseases. Also, they could work with patients with special needs such a mental illness or sensitive problems. Using both therapies will help you to have a faster rehabilitation process.
What Is a Chiropractor Doctor?
Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine which is performed by a professional licensed chiropractor doctor, who concentrated on the analysis and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular illnesses, and focus on treating patients through manual adjustment and/or spine's manipulation techniques and healing their pain without prescribing medicines. Chiropractors attempt to decrease pain and to increase the patient's performance; Also they must educate their patients on how they could get treatment plan goals, whether practicing and doing the right exercises or using other methods to treat their physical pain.
Who Needs Chiropractic Treatment and/or Physical/Occupational Therapy?
Statistics and research has shown nearly everyone will require the services of physical therapy at some point in their life spectrum. We are all guilty of taking our health condition for granted until we experience injury or disease that affects our ability to move pain free. At that time, we begin to appreciate our physical health. As healthcare providers and experts on musculoskeletal health, we encourage everyone to make a commitment to your long term physical health. Maintaining your physical health is not a passive endeavour, but rather an active, lifelong commitment. Chiropractic treatments, physical or occupational therapies remain your best choice for prevention, management, and rehabilitation of your injury or illness.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Chiropractic/Physical/Occupational Therapy?
Below are some of the more commonly treated conditions we treat:
Do I Need a Prescription or Referral for Chiropractic/Physical/Occupational Therapy?
- Joint Pain (shoulder, knee, hip, foot, ankle)
- Neck and Back Pain
- Any Injury due to Fall or Trauma
- Arthritic Conditions
- Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Poor Balance or Weakness
- Difficulty Walking
- Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
- Post-Fractures (Broken Bones)
- Joint Replacements
- Sports Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Work-Related Injuries
- Muscle Strains/Sprains
- Overuse Injuries.
Yes and No. In Florida, Direct Access legislation allows you to schedule a physical/occupational therapy or a chiropractic evaluationy evaluation and be treated for a twenty-one (21) day period WITHOUT a physician's referral. However, some insurance plans require a physician's prescription/referral first. Please contact our office if you have additional questions regarding direct access. If your insurance does mandate this requirement, you still have the right to receive therapy from the physical therapist of your choice. Let your physician know if needed.
What does Direct Access mean to you as a patient?
Under Florida legislation, Direct Access means the following:
What are your hours?
- Immediate evaluation and treatments from your Physical/Occupational Therapist for your condition without delay of visiting another healthcare professional.
- Immediate consultation with your physical/occupational therapist to determine if therapy is needed or if further examination by another healthcare professional is warranted.
- Freedom to choose a physical/occupational therapist as you would a physician, chiropractor, dentist, or other healthcare provider.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 10am to 8pm, Fridays from 10am to 5pm, and we work on Saturday as well from 10am to 1pm; however, you need to make an appointment during the week.
What should you do if you have been involved in an automobile or job related accident recently?
By Florida State Rules and Regulations Law, you only have 14 days after a car accident to start your treatment. Therefore you should call Valles & Associates Rehabilitation Services Inc. at (305) 233-7035 whether you have or you do not have pain and make an appointment to have a comprehensive examination performed. We can determine the amount and severity of your injuries and let you know immediately if the future of your health is in danger. Consultations typically last one to one and a half hours and are completely painless.
Who will pay for my health care if I'm involved in a auto accident?
By Florida State Rules and Regulations Law, once you get involved in an auto accident, either your Car Insurance Company, the Personal Injury Protection Coverage (P.I.P) or the Car Insurance Company of the party that hit you will pay for any medically necessary treatment. You are entitled to receive any health care treatment required to return you to pre accident status. Job related injuries are covered through the State Board Department of Labour and Industries (L&I), provided by your employer. If you have any questions, please call our office at (305) 233-7035, and we will happily answer any questions you may have.
How do I make an appointment?
Patients, parents or physicians should contact us for scheduling or questions at Phone: (305) 233-7035.
Do I have a choice of where to receive my Chiropractic/Physical/Occupational Therapy treatment?
Absolutely. As a patient, you have the right to request a physical therapist or location of your choice. However, some insurance plans can dictate the facility due to certain restrictions in your plan.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Your appointment means that time is reserved just for you. If you need to cancel, kindly give 24 hours notice in order to allow another patient to be treated during that designated timeframe.
What should I expect on my first appointment?
Please be prepared for the following upon your initial evaluation appointment:
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete initial paperwork.
- Bring your physical therapy prescription/referral (if applicable).
- Bring your insurance card and picture identification.
- Wearing appropriate and comfortable clothing is recommended.
- Evaluation appointment should last between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Your first visit begins with our Chiropractor or Osteophatic Physician and/or with one of our Physical/Occupational Therapist performing a detailed evaluation which includes discussing your MEDICAL HISTORY and overall health assessment. A physical examination is conducted to assess your range of motion, posture, flexibility, strength, ability to perform special functional tasks, and more.
Who are the professionals?
Florida State Board Certified Licensed Massage, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Radiographers, Osteopathic and Chiropractor Physicians.
How long will my treatments last?
Treatments sessions vary, typically ranging from 45 to 75 minutes depending on the condition and therapeutic intervention required to assist with your recovery.
How many visits will I need?
Using information gathered from the evaluation, you will be informed in an understanding manner about your condition, findings, and the established treatment plan along with therapy goals to assist you to achieve recovery as quickly and safe as possible. Please note that the required visits depend on your condition, past MEDICAL HISTORY, prior level of functional, evaluation findings, and the professional medical opinion of our healthcare staff.
What can I do to maximize my therapy treament results?
Because you are the primary focuses of our care, your active participation is imperative to a successful rehabilitation program. The following guidelines are highly recommended to enhance the achievement of your goals.
- Follow through with any prescribed home exercise program.
- Report any significant changes in symptoms, medications, and function.
- Keep all scheduled appointments.
- Arrive on time to all appointments to provide maximum time with your therapist.