How much does physical therapy cost?
Physical therapy is often a cheaper alternative to surgery or pain management for chronic conditions or injury treatment; however, it can still be relatively costly, especially if you need multiple visits and the services you will need. The cost varies per clinic and the average cost of physical therapy without insurance is around $50-$350, with some sessions even costing upwards of $540.
The good news is that, under the Affordable Care Act, marketplace health insurance plans are required to cover rehabilitative and habilitative services as long as they’re medically necessary. This doesn’t automatically mean your physical therapy will be covered, but it does mean there is a good chance that your health insurance plan will cover some, if not most, of your physical therapy.
There are other costs to consider as well, such as your plan’s deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance. One thing to keep in mind is that your overall cost will go up if you need multiple treatments.
One option you have, especially if you don’t have insurance or your insurance plan doesn’t cover much, is to talk with your physical therapist and see if you have any payment plan options. It may be possible for you to do more exercises at home and visit your physical therapist less often.
At Ahava Medical, we are happy to say that we accept most major insurance providers, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. You are always welcome to call the office prior to visiting if you are not sure if we accept your insurance.
How do you know if you should go to physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a non-invasive medical treatment that focuses on healing, managing, and preventing injuries and disabilities. If you have had an accident or sustained an injury, suffer from a chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, or just had surgery, physical therapy may very well help you manage your pain and regain your mobility. The benefits of physical therapy don’t stop here either, as many physical therapists will say that everyone, to some degree, can benefit from physical therapy. For example, many athletes can prevent injury through the use of physical therapy.
Physical therapy can help relieve pain in the lower back or neck, can improve mobility in arthritic joints, can help manage incontinence, improve issues with balance, help healing and strengthening after surgery, increase flexibility and coordination, help ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, help with rehabilitation from stroke or neurological injuries, help heal and recover from sprains, strains, or fractures, and has many, many more uses.
If you’re not sure if you need physical therapy, or if physical therapy will work for you, you can talk to your family doctor. Although, you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see a physical therapist.
How often should you go to physical therapy?
There are no set rules for how many sessions or how frequently you may need to see your physical therapist. Essentially, how many times you will need to see your physical therapist and how often you will need to go, is dependent on the diagnosis your physical therapist has made, your physician’s and physical therapist’s recommendations for how many sessions you may need, your personalized care plan created for you specifically by your physical therapists, and your personal progress through physical therapy.
After each session, your physical therapist will evaluate your progress and give you a recommendation for future visits. Depending on the severity of your requirement, you may need several visits and annual follow-ups before you may not require physical therapy anymore. Some people may require physical therapy off and on throughout their lives.
Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center is a full-service medical facility with a staff of over 120 skilled, experienced, and talented medical professionals. If you are looking for the best physical therapy in the Liberty area, visit us at Ahava Medical. We have three convenient locations in the New York City area, and all three of our locations are equipped with multiple therapy rooms, indoor therapeutic pools, and gyms. We are committed to helping you improve and live your best, pain-free life. Call our office or make an appointment online today!