FAQ: Physical Therapy New Orleans
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is appropriate for Physical Therapy?
- Anyone who has physical limitations, pain, balance problems, strength issues, or any other movement dysfunction is appropriate for Physical Therapy. Baudry Therapy Center offers free consults to help you decide if our services would benefit you.
- How do I pay for therapy?
- Most insurance plans cover Physical Therapy services, but coverage varies with each plan. Baudry Therapy Center currently participates in the following insurance networks: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Benefit Management Services, Medicare, GEHA, Active Net, Multiplan, Gilsbar, LWCC, and many other workers’ compensation plans. We also work with out of network benefits.
- Many treatment and payment options are available to fit your needs and abilities. Not all Physical Therapy programs are equal. Don’t let your insurance company decide what is best for you. Give yourself the best opportunity to achieve better health. Your health is priceless.
- Is Physical Therapy necessary? Can I do it on my own?
- Our bodies are incredible machines with great self-healing qualities. Often acute aches and pains resolve on their own, at least temporarily. But the underlying causes of the condition usually remain. In many cases, these problems return, but only worse than before. Physical Therapists are able to identify the underlying causes that lead to problems. Therapists can provide valuable education, which can help you correct a problem for good. Prevent bigger problems down the line, consult your therapist.
- Will Physical Therapy hurt?
- When an individual attends Physical Therapy it is usually because either they are in pain or they can’t do something that they want to. Pain causes muscle guarding and movement dysfunctions which cause more pain. The therapist’s job is to help you resolve the pain and restore your ability to do the things you want to do. There are as many different styles of therapy as there are therapists. In our approach, we avoid “pain”. Pain is counterproductive to success in therapy. Our therapists assess the causes for the pain, and develop strategies and treatments designed to eliminate pain. In order to restore normal function, patients need to exercise. Exercise can make you “sore” but should not painful. If something causes “pain” we modify it. Our focus is on helping you decrease pain, not increase it.
- How long will I have to come to therapy?
- Each Physical Therapy case is different. And everyone has different needs. Our treatment is focused on decreasing pain, and restoring your ability to return to the activities that you want. Once a thorough evaluation is performed, taking into consideration all of the variables of your situation, a treatment plan is agreed upon. We provide you with the options and you choose which route to take. . This plan is based on your wants, needs, and desires. Remember, you will get out of Physical Therapy what you put into it.
- How are Wellness programs different from therapy programs?
- Physical therapy programs are appropriate when there is pain, weakness, and/or other functional or movement limitations. If your condition involves any of these factors you may be a candidate for Physical Therapy. Wellness programs are more enhancement oriented in nature, without functional limitations. An initial consultation with our Physical Therapist will help you find the right program for you.