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What happens during my first visit?

When you arrive, the administrative staff will collect your new patient forms (found on our FAQ/Forms page) and make copies of your insurance card(s) and photo ID. Once that is completed, the physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of the injury or problem area that is being treated. Following the assessment, a treatment plan and your goals will be discussed with you to clarify your expectations. We typically begin treatment on the first day, so it is important to wear the appropriate clothing.

What should I bring with me?

Aside from your new patient paperwork, insurance cards, and photo identification, nothing else is needed!  If you have not downloaded and completed your paperwork, arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time, so your one-on-one time with you therapist is not compromised.  Clean towels and bottled water provided for your convenience.

How should I dress?

You should wear loose-fitting clothing, to make the evaluation and treatment more comfortable. For example, if you have a leg problem, it is best to wear shorts, or if we are going to examine your shoulder a tank top may be a good idea. It may also be a good idea to bring a change of clothes if it is more convenient.

How many visits will I need?

Depending on your diagnosis, the severity of your condition, and your past medical history, you may need one visit, or you may require several weeks of care. You are re-evaluated periodically and provided with a progress report with our recommendations for your doctor.

Why is seeing a physical therapist first a good choice?

Physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who help people improve mobility, and in many cases, help reduce pain and avoid the need for surgery and the long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education—and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.

Is physical therapy painful?

Our approach is based on the well-understood healing model. After an initial injury, during what we call the acute-inflammatory phase, the treatment can be slightly painful. This is when the tissues are healing, and inflammation is present. Recovering from surgery can also be painful. We take extra care during this phase using a wide variety of modalities and hands on techniques to nurture the injury. Ultimately you may experience some pain, but we do everything we can to make the process as comfortable as possible.

What can I expect from the treatment?

After a thorough, initial evaluation your therapist will design a treatment program based on the injury or problem.  Our goal is to help improve and restore physical impairments caused by a disease, injury, or surgical procedure.

Your therapist will then deliver the “hands-on treatment” and may use treatment modalities to control pain if needed. Our trainers will closely monitor your exercise program to assure you are performing them correctly. We use a variety of manual therapy techniques including soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques, myofascial release, therapeutic massage, x-fiber massage and will only be performed by our licensed therapists.

Through our education, you will learn to manage your injury/problem while performing your activities of daily living. Home exercises are given to compliment the exercises given in the clinic so that you can continue the healing process at home.

Each visit will begin with a dialogue between you and your therapist regarding how you responded to the previous treatment, any new exercises, and your home exercise.

Can I go to any physical therapy clinic?

In most cases, you have the right to choose any physical therapy clinic. You are not obligated to go to the clinic that your physician is sending you. Most people prefer to find a convenient location near their home or work. Our practice is a preferred provider for many different insurance plans.

It is best is give us a call, and we will attempt to answer all your questions.

What insurance providers do we accept?

We accept most all major PPO plans, Workers’ Compensation, Auto Insurance, and Medicare Part B plans. If you aren’t in network with us or don’t have insurance, we will gladly arrange a cash arrangement. 

Is a prescription from a doctor needed?

In most cases, you do not need a referral from a doctor, except for Medicare which requires a signed plan of care for you to begin therapy.  In some cases, we may recommend you see a physician. We do know several reputable doctors in the area and we can call them on your behalf. Please give us a call if you are not sure.

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Active Kare Physical Therapy

43200 Dequindre Road
Suite #109
Sterling Heights, MI 48034

Mon - Fri : 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Phone: (248) 432-1618
Fax: (248) 565-3400 

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