FAQs & Rehabilitation Resources

Is physical therapy supposed to hurt? Learn the answer to that and more physical therapy FAQs here.

No, physical therapy is supposed to help you alleviate your pain, but sometimes there may be soreness after using your muscles in new ways.  If a particular exercise hurts, discuss it with your therapist.  Better understanding  the science behind the movement really helps.

Can you wear leggings to physical therapy?

Of course! You should always dress comfortably for physical therapy to get the most out of your strengthening exercises.  Sneakers are a great idea, too!

How long is a physical therapy session?

A physical therapy session is generally either 45 minutes or an hour.

What is the average cost of physical therapy?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of physical therapy with a co-pay by the patient. Co-pays vary so you may want to call your insurance company in advance to learn what your co-pay will be.

What is an inpatient rehabilitation center?

An inpatient rehabilitation center is a place where people in need of rehab care also need nursing care, so they are staying overnight as an inpatient.
The most intensive inpatient rehabiliation takes place in a medical rehabilitation hospital, like Bacharach. People needing less intensive rehabilitation may be inpatients in a nursing home setting, like Bacharach’s Renaissance Pavilion.

Does Medicare cover a medical inpatient rehabilitation stay?

Yes, especially for conditions such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or multiple trauma. If your doctors recommend a level one medical rehabilitation stay original Medicare plans will cover the stay. Medicare Advantage plans are set up differently and may not provide the same coverage.

Does Medicare cover a subacute rehabilitation stay at Renaissance Pavilion?

Yes, Medicare covers a subacute rehabilitation stay at Renaissance Pavilion.

Do you need a doctor’s referral to see a physical therapist?

You do not need a doctor’s prescription for a physical therapy evaluation, even if you are a Medicare patient. Some managed care plans may require notification before hand so always call your insurance company first.

How long does it take physical therapy to work?

That depends on the type and severity of the problem and the age and condition of the patient. Most people report feeling significant improvement after the first or second visit. Even so, the average number of outpatient physical therapy visits is ten per patient. If the patient has two appointment each week, the course of therapy would run about 5 weeks.

Is physical therapy covered by health insurance?

Most health insurance plans cover physical therapy with a co-pay. Call your insurance provider before your appointment to learn how much your co-pay will be.

What insurance does Bacharach accept?

Bacharach accepts most insurance plans and you can view the complete list here.