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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is physical therapy right for me? More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source. Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro- musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physical therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.
How do I schedule an appointment? The easiest and fastest way to schedule an appointment is by calling our office 314-775-0183.  Our patient care coordinator will promptly answer your call to schedule your visit. Or you can contact us by email and we will reply within one business day. If you email us, provide us with several time slots that you are available and we will reply with a preferred time to determine if it is acceptable to you. Your first visit will be expedited if you provide us with your insurance insurance information prior to your first visit. You can also download our intake paperwork under the tab “Paperwork” and have that filled our upon arrival.
What should I expect during my first visit? During your first visit you can expect the following: Arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed (you can download it from our website - here Paperwork) or arrive 15 minutes early to fill out this paperwork. You will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy from your physician. We will make a copy of your photo ID and insurance card. You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist. The therapist will discuss the following: 1.  Your medical history. 2.  Your current problems/complaints. 3.  Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem. 4.  How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations. 5.  Your goals with physical therapy. 6.  Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health. The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following: 1.  Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc. 2.  Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions. 3.  Muscle Testing - the therapist is checking for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening. 4.  Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well. 5.  Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems. 6.  Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed. The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created from input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.
How should I dress? You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, tank tops is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, so we can perform a thorough examination.
Will the therapist communicate with my doctor? Yes. Your initial evaluation is faxed to your doctor’s office within 24-48 hours, and any re-evaluation is sent with you or faxed to your doctor before the end of business hours. Re-evaluations will be performed about once a month and before any follow-up appointments with your doctor. If you have a follow-up visit planned with your doctor, then please let your therapist know the date so that a re-evaluation visit can be scheduled prior to your return.
Is physical therapy painful? In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your progress toward your treatment goals while minimizing your pain. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan. At Omni we focus on symptomatic treatment to provide you with the best possible experience and improve your quality of life.
What do I do after physical therapy? Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Some may choose to continue with a gym exercise program or a personal fitness program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.
What happens if my problem or pain returns? Flare-ups are not uncommon. If you have a flare up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine.
Please call or email if you have any further questions or to schedule an appointment. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can.