Lady Bits Physical Therapy

New Patients

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Your Bits are in Good Hands

It is my mission to make all my new patients feel welcome, safe, and heard. During your first visit, we will review your medical history, your current issue and all the surrounding symptoms. I will then explain the examination process with full detail using models and pictures. Based on your specific level of comfort, we can complete the full exam or any part that you feel comfortable with. Feel free to bring your husband, family member or friend for a chaperone. After explaining your diagnosis and the process of your expected recovery, we can make a specific plan of care to work with your lifestyle and situation. You can expect a lot of education with handouts during your first visit, a few specific exercises or stretches for your home program (nothing too intimidating I promise), and the confidence and comfort of knowing that your healing has started, because your Lady Bits deserve the very best. 

To make the most out of your appointment time, please fill out the New Patient Intake Forms, and if you are coming for something other than postpartum recovery, please also fill out the New Patient Medical Questionnaire , and bring them completed to your first appointment. The Patient Notice of Privacy Practice  can be printed and kept at home for your records (HIPAA compliance).

Lady Bits Physical Therapy is a fee for service provider. I am not contracted with any insurance company   so that your service is not affected by time or quality restrictions, allowing each treatments to have dedicated time and individualized care for your specific needs during each session. I will provide a superbill of charges for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement rates specific to your individual coverage.  Treatment fee is due at time of service; cash, checks, HSA or credit is accepted. Please refer to the following out of network benefits worksheet to estimate the portion of your bill that may be covered by your insurance. 

Wellness Services 

Lady Bits Physical Therapy offers all the wonderful benefits of skilled physical therapy services for the  promotion and maintenance of physical fitness to enhance the bodily movement related health and wellness of individuals through the use of physical therapy interventions. What does that mean? It means you can come for individualized sessions to reach your personal goals of wellness, fitness, and keeping your bits in good shape as prenatal preparation, postnatal recovery, menopause care, or any goal you may have for your body as long as it is not meant to directly treat a medical condition. This gives you excellent access to your PT whenever you need a session. No MD referral required. This is a great option for those who need a little manual therapy session to work out a new little ache, or an encouraging nudge to get you back on track towards your personal goals. You can come just once, or as many times as you want until you reach your goals. 

Therapy Services:

Initial Evaluation/Consultation (2 hours) : $300

Initial visits include the evaluation, first treatment, patient education, and assignment of your individualized home program for your specific condition. 

Follow Up Visit (90 minutes): $200

 Follow Up Visit (60 minutes): $150

       FAQ: I need to recover after childbirth. How many visits will this take and when should I come?

Answer: It’s best to rest at home for the first few weeks after birth and allow your womb to heal. If you are eager to get started ASAP, plan ahead of time and try to book your first eval around the time when bleeding stops, usually around 40 days pp, however that is different for each woman. That first 2 hour visit we will chat about your birth, and what types of concerns/pains/and other issues you have. The rest of that time will be dedicated to very important bodywork your body needs to recovery from both pregnancy and birth. This will cover everything from your pelvis up to your upper back, your organs (gentle work over your belly) and all the muscles and fascia of your abdominal and trunk region. This body work is important for your healing and to prepare you for appropriate exercise. If there is scar tissue from a C-section or a perineal tear we will address whichever is most bothersome to you at the time. The next visit, typically a 90 minute session, will include all the exercise training you will need to recover your core strength, pelvic and low back stability. There is also some time for additional body work if needed. Most women like having those 2 visits close together (same day or within a week). After that you can go home and practice what you learned for 4-6 weeks. Coming back to have your exercises adjusted another visit or 2 is very helpful for total body strengthening. If there is pain due to perineal tears, some ladies need an extra visit or 2 (typically 60-90 minutes) depending on the severity/extent of the tears in order to heal fully. Its never too late to heal from birth, and this outline of plan works well for women even years after birth. Healing from birth includes healing or preventing a prolapse, as they are very common after birth. This plan is inclusive of prolapse care.

    FAQ: How many visits do I need to get better? How often do I need to attend therapy?

            Answer: That depends. Most patients need 1 visit 2-3 weeks apart for the first 2 visits. Often that is enough to get things going in the right direction, depending on the severity of the condition and your commitment and consistency with your assigned home program.  After that time it is common to spread appointments out every 3-6 weeks so you can practice what you've learned- and come back with any questions or to modify your program as you progress. Typically 3-8 visits will help your reach your long term goals (often less visits are needed). If the condition is more serious or you are in extreme pain it is of more benefit to plan for 1 appointment/week for a few weeks before you spread out the other visits with 2-4 weeks between treatments until you reach your goals. After your initial consult, you and your therapist will come up with a specific plan of care for your condition.

          FAQ: Do I need a prescription or referral from my MD to start physical therapy?

          Answer: No. Currently the state law permits you to start physical therapy for 45 days or 10 visits, whichever comes first.  If your condition has not resolved in that time period or you continue to require ongoing skilled therapy, then you will need a referral from your MD.  This is primarily meant to protect you, the patient, in case your symptoms are not improving; it is important to get your MD involved if further testing/imaging or other diagnosis is required.  Your insurance provider may require a physician referral before the initial physical therapy consultation  for service fees to be covered. It's good to check with your insurance provider regarding coverage of services. 

 

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