What is Physical Therapy?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “Physical Therapists apply research & proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All Physical Therapists are required to receive a graduate degree- either a masters or a clinical doctorate- from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice…Physical Therapists are trusted healthcare professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.”

When does someone need Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is indicated when an individual has injured him/herself to the extent that he/she is limited in daily activities, work, and/or recreational activities. Skilled physical therapy consists of manual therapy, supervised exercise, modalities, patient education, and preventative measure to help get you GOing. Also, physical therapy is a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgery that can delay surgery or prevent it altogether depending on the severity of the injury.

Do I have to have a physician’s referral to come to therapy?

In Louisiana, you can be seen for an initial consultation without a referral; however, if treatment is indicated, you will need to obtain a prescription from your physician. Remember, it is your choice where to go for your rehabilitation. At Go PT we are committed to optimal, personalized care. So get going with Go Physical Therapy.

Does your clinic accept my insurance?

Go PT is listed as a provider for the majority of health insurance plans. Please contact our office at (225) 923.0110 to ensure we are a provider.

What is the initial evaluation?

The initial evaluation is your first visit with the Physical Therapist that lasts ~ 1 hour. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out the appropriate paperwork or you can download the paperwork and have it filled out prior to your appointment. The Physical Therapist will get a brief history from you of your impairment and how it affects your daily functions along with all pertinent past medical history. Then we will perform a thorough objective assessment of your posture, range of motion, strength, musculoskeletal system, and joint biomechanics to pinpoint the etiology of your impairment. Once we have our baseline measurements, we will develop an individualized rehabilitation program that is mutually agreeable to meet your goals and get you back on the Go.

What do I need to bring with me to the initial evaluation?

Prescription from physician
Insurance card(s)/Co-pay
Paperwork, if downloaded from website

What should I wear to the initial evaluation?

You should wear loose clothing to expose any areas that may need to be assessed by the physical therapist. Most clients wear some form of athletic type clothing. The Physical Therapist will advise you on what to wear upon subsequent visits based on your impairment.

What if I am running late or have to cancel my appointment?

If you are running late or have to cancel, please call so that we can re-schedule your appointment at the most convenient time available and keep you on the road to recovery.