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Q. How is Sharon’s approach to physical therapy unique?
I think of my health and healing practice as “performance therapy” rather than traditional physical therapy. I begin with the premise that we all have an innate desire to stretch, to grow, and to improve – no matter what our current level of function is. If we are less than fully healthy, we want to get back to full-function without pain as quickly as possible and if we are already healthy, we want to be “healthier.” Performance therapy is based on the belief that the best way to achieve a higher level of function, health and happiness is to follow a whole-body approach to treatment, training and recovery. And in the end – we are all performers.
Q. What can I expect from my first session?
We will talk about what brought you to see me. I will listen to you and learn what your challenges are as well as your goals. I will assess your posture, observe your movement patterns and evaluate your strength and flexibility. I will look at your body as a whole not just as individual parts. After the evaluation, I may perform some manual techniques, introduce you to specific exercises or teach you how to move and position yourself to reduce pain. I will then develop a plan for you to meet your goals with the understanding that we will work together as a team.
Q. What can I expect from follow-up therapy & movement training sessions?
During each visit, we will talk about how you are feeling and moving, with the expectation that you will be making progress toward your goals. Your plan will change and evolve as you reach higher levels of function and fitness. I will provide you with “knowledge to move better” including exercises or strategies to support your body so that you can empower yourself to function at a higher level throughout your day. Whether you want to stand up from a chair and walk more confidently or improve your performance for a specific sport or activity, I will help you move better and feel better doing so.
Q. How many visits will I need and how often will I come to physical therapy?
My goal is to provide you with effective and efficient therapy that addresses your specific goals as quickly as possible. The number of visits may range from a single session to several visits over a period of weeks. The frequency of your therapy sessions will be determined by several factors including your primary therapeutic concerns, current functional level, your overall goals and your budget. You may visit me once a month, once a week or more often if needed. We will determine the best treatment options for your long-term recovery needs and communicate with your physician about your plan of care as needed.
Q. How much does a session cost?
Your first session will cost $115. This includes a one hour session for your evaluation & assessment, typically a manual treatment to help you increase function and decrease pain and a few exercises or techniques for you to use at home. Each follow-up session is $95. Most follow-up sessions will be 55 minutes long. In select cases, session length may be 30-45 minutes at a prorated fee of $50-$75.
Q. What forms of payment can I use?
I accept all credit cards, health savings accounts and cash. Payment is due at time of the service.
Q. Why has Sharon chosen not to accept insurance?
I think it is important to address the question fully and clearly.
Mid-way through my career I had a treatment experience that I will never forget. My supervisor at the time told me that I could not treat my patient’s hip because the prescription from the referring physician was written for “knee pain,” not hip pain. Though the patient did have knee pain, my evaluation and assessment revealed their knee problem was driven by instability at the hip. Still, I was not allowed to treat the patient’s hip issue because the insurance would not cover it.
This story illustrates an all too common problem in physical therapy today: Insurance companies dictate that physical therapists treat body “parts”, not the whole body. They limit how many visits the patient is allowed and they are decreasing the rates of
reimbursement nearly across the board for evaluation and treatment. The result? Far too many patients experience little to no benefit from their considerable investments of time, energy and money (in co-pays and deductibles) in their physical therapy experience. My practice is different. I want what is best for you – the patient.
I believe the best path to helping you heal and move better is a cooperative approach involving you, me and your physician, all working together in an integrated way to support your goals – without the interference of insurance. For these reasons, I have chosen to develop a cash-pay physical therapy practice.
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