Do I need a doctor referral to see a registered physical therapist?
You do not need to be referred by a physician in order to make an appointment at Elite Physical Therapy Associates LLC, but it is recommended. You can make an appointment independently if you have concerns about an ongoing or acute physical situation. In Florida you are allowed 30 days of physical therapy before a physician's order is required
Does my physical therapist communicate with my doctor?
Yes, if your physician or other health care professional has referred you to us, we will send progress reports to keep them updated with your progress. If your physical therapist has a medical concern regarding your care, they will discuss them with you and follow up with your doctor. At Elite Physical Therapy Associates LLC we pride ourselves on working closely with your team of health care professionals, including coaches and trainers, to ensure the best management of your needs.
How long will my first appointment be?
Your ﬁrst Physical Therapy session will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and includes an initial assessment of your concerned areas followed by introduction of a home exercise program speciﬁcally designed to your needs. Each of our clients receives a comprehensive evaluation and examination in a private one-on-one treatment room. When all concerns are recognized and evaluated, a diagnosis is made and our ﬁndings are discussed with each client before developing an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle.
What should I wear to my appointment?
It is best to wear comfortable, breathable clothing to your appointment. Shorts and a t-shirt are best if you are undergoing exercise therapy in the gym, as well as a pair of runners. If you are to be assessed on your ﬁrst visit, you may be asked to change into a gown so your therapists can do a full examination of the aﬀected areas of your condition.