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Physical Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which diagnoses do Atrius Health physical therapists treat?

Atrius Health physical therapy department treats patients with a wide range of orthopedic injuries including sports injuries, sprains, strains, post-operative care, back pain, and neck pain.

What is the age range of patients that Atrius Health physical therapists treat?

We pride ourselves in being able to offer services at all Atrius Health locations that have on-site physical therapy for patients age 6 and up. 

What makes the Atrius Health physical therapy department different?

Our therapists can access the same electronic medical record as your primary care provider and orthopedist. This allows us to have a comprehensive picture of you as a patient, and that helps us to help you. Additionally, as part of Atrius Health, your physical therapist has easy access to your referring clinician if questions arise.

What kind of education does a physical therapist have?

Physical Therapists are licensed health care professionals. Prior to practicing they must obtain a Master and/or Doctorate of Physical Therapy from an accredited education program and pass their state board exams to be licensed. They have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease and injury pathophysiology, and are skilled in therapeutic treatment application. In addition, physical therapists attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest medical developments and treatment approaches.

How long does a therapy session last?

Initial evaluations last 30 to 60 minutes and follow up appointments range from 30-45 minutes.

What should I wear to my physical therapy appointments?

You should wear or bring comfortable clothing to your appointment. Shorts are best for a hip, knee, or ankle injury, and a T-shirt for shoulders, back and neck injuries.

What can I do to get better while I'm at home?

Your therapist will work with you develop a comprehensive home program. Some aspects of your home program may include stretching, strengthening, postural awareness, home self-ergonomic assessment and ice or heat. Our therapists provide information to educate not only the patient, but, as needed, families and other care givers about the patient's current condition, treatment plan, and future transition to home, work, or community roles.