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Why Should I Choose North Shore Myofascial Physical Therapy?

North Shore Myofascial Physical Therapy is your choice for physical therapy in Port Jefferson Station because:

We only treat 2 patients per hour, which means you get personalized attention.

We devote 20-25 minutes of each session to manual hands-on therapy. This helps create a soft tissue environment suitable for strengthening and increasing range of motion. All manual therapy treatments take place in private treatment rooms.

You’ll see real, measurable progress.

Depending on what needs to be accomplished, physical therapy can be very uncomfortable. But it should never be extremely painful. Manual therapy helps lessen the discomfort of physical therapy because our physical therapists spend time making the soft tissue changes (soft tissue mobilization) to decrease pain and help you increase your range of motion and muscle strength.

But it is your responsibility to do at home what your physical therapist advises you to do. This can include modifying your activity level, performing your home exercises or icing at home as directed. If you are aggravating your condition every time you leave therapy, your progress will be much slower.

Copays are increasing every year.

You have more power than you know. Your copay is valid at all physical therapy offices that accept your insurance. This means that a manual therapy office that schedules fewer patients per hour will provide you with more specific, personalized care.

(Please note that it is illegal to waive a patient’s copay. If payment is not taken from you, then it is illegal for us to bill your insurance company.)

We are properly licensed and accredited.

Physical therapy treatment should be rendered by a NYS licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. Medicare, in particular, does not authorize physical therapy treatment rendered by anyone else in a physical therapy setting.

Personalized goal setting.

Your progress is our success, and every visit counts! Whether it’s muscle strengthening, balance, gait, or decreasing pain, it’s our responsibility to help you succeed. If we cannot meet certain goals, you will know exactly what level of progress to expect within a few visits.

Personalized exercise program.

Your rehab program will be fine-tuned so that you can get back to doing the activities that you had to stop because of your injury. You should be challenged every visit. When you are ready, your exercise program will be safely upgraded and remain within the limits of your doctor’s protocol. Every patient progresses at a different rate; each patient must be considered individually.

Professional equipment.

Your safety is our primary concern while you’re being treated at our office. All of our equipment is brand new (2011) and commercially rated. Our complete state-of-the-art gym is the perfect environment to create an exercise program specifically suited to your needs. We will teach you how to chart your own progress and, when you feel confident enough, to exercise on your own at home or a commercial gym.

Will I be treated on my first visit to North Shore Myofascial Physical Therapy?

No. We call the first visit the “Initial Evaluation” and it is strictly devoted to narrowing down your problem so we can treat you properly. This is also the visit during which the physical therapist gets all your information and your baseline functional measurements, which can take up to an hour.

The actual hands-on treatment begins the next visit following the initial evaluation.

What should I wear to my first physical therapy appointment?

You should wear:

  • comfortable clothing
  • rubber soled shoes, preferably sneakers

Women should also wear a cotton spaghetti strap top or tank top. Sports bras are ok to exercise in, but can get in the way if we have to treat your upper back, neck or shoulder.

Gowns are available when needed, if you are not appropriately dressed. 

Do I need a prescription to attend physical therapy?

Legally, you can seek out any physical therapist and be treated without a prescription for approximately 10 visits in NYS. However, the insurance company can deny payment if they don’t have a prescription on file.

Whether you need a description largely depends on your diagnosis and the problem we are trying to address for you. We like to keep your physician “in the loop” at all times, and will recommend that you schedule an appointment with your doctor after the first few visits.

Please note that if you have a serious or chronic condition, we highly recommend seeing your physician first to obtain a prescription for your own benefit.

If you have an HMO, you must see your doctor before seeking any physical therapy treatment.

Is a prescription for physical therapy the same as a referral/authorization?

No, these are 2 separate pieces of paper.

The prescription is signed by an MD and given to you at the time of your visit with your doctor. It contains instructions written by the doctor/surgeon indicating your diagnosis and what body part the patient needs treated, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment.

Medicare requires a prescription from a licensed MD to reimburse for your treatment.

The referral is the insurance paperwork that must be completed by your MD, if your plan requires it, so that your PT can treat you and get paid.

The authorization is the agreement to get paid by the insurance company that the PT must obtain after their first visit with you in order to treat you and bill your insurance.

  • Worker’s Compensation and No-Fault always require an authorization.
  • Some insurers consider the referral and the authorization the same thing, but you must check with your specific carrier to be sure.

What is a DPT? Does my physical therapist need to have one?

A DPT is a doctorate level of education that became standard around 2002, meaning that if someone attended PT school after that time they would automatically earn a DPT upon completion of their education.

Physical therapists that graduated prior to 2002 received an MPT, or a Master in Physical Therapy. Every licensed physical therapist in NYS has the qualifications to treat you effectively and safely, and one degree is not superior to the other and will not give you better results.