Info for Patients

How long are treatment sessions?

  • Treatment sessions will range from 45-75 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition.

What type of treatment options will be performed?

  • Harbor Physical Therapy offers a variety of treatment options including: manual techniques, soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise, neurological re-education, postural re-education, muscle energy techniques, vestibular rehabilitation, cardiovascular training, lumbar stabilization training, gait training, body mechanics, modalities, and more.

How frequently should I attend physical therapy?

  • Typically patients are seen 2 to 3 times a week at Harbor Physical Therapy; however, it depends on your diagnosis. For most optimal results, it is best to attend treatment consistently.

What should I wear to therapy?

  • You want to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Depending on the injured area, it should be accessible to the physical therapist. Gowns are provided if needed.

When I feel better, what should I do?

  • You should notify the physical therapist; therefore, the therapist will determine an appropriate discharge time and a further plan of care outside of treatment to maintain the results that you have accomplished.

Do I need a referral for physical therapy?

  • Whether or not you need a referral will depend on your insurance. Call Harbor Physical Therapy and provide your insurance information so we can determine whether you need a referral. Macht Medical Group has a doctor on site, if referral is needed.

After I have started physical therapy, when do I contact my referring physician?

  • Sometimes when you receive a prescription for physical therapy, the physician will set up a follow-up visit several weeks into treatment. If not, our facility will let you know if you need to contact your referring physician for an updated prescription.

What happens if I do not have health insurance?

  • If you do not have health insurance, our facility will discuss paying out-of-pocket options based on your treatment plan. If you are under legal representation for a personal injury case, medical bills will be handled through your attorney. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding payment.

What is telehealth (virtual) physical therapy?

  • Telehealth (virtual) physical therapy is having your PT appointment with your physical therapist online with internet access through your phone or computer.  HPT uses a virtual platform and you will be provided the link to log in to have your virtual appointment.  Your session will be one-on-one with one of our amazing physical therapists in the comfort of your home.

Is it better to receive physical therapy in-person vs. telehealth (virtual) physical therapy?

  • Many diagnoses can be treated successfully through telehealth (virtual) physical therapy.  Once your physical therapists performs an initial evaluation, you will be educated by your physical therapist on your plan of care and whether telehealth (virtual) physical therapy is the right fit.

What is dry needling?

  • Dry needling is a treatment involving a thin needle used to target a painful trigger point.  A trigger point is a painful muscle “knot” that causes pain and limits mobility.  If you would like to learn more about whether dry needling would help with your condition, this will be discussed during your initial evaluation at Harbor Physical Therapy.