PRA Frequently Asked Questions
See the answers to some of the questions that we get most often. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us!
The first appointment includes a thorough evaluation by a licensed Physical Therapist which may include some or all of the following:
Following the initial evaluation your therapist will design a unique treatment program based upon your complaints, your goals for therapy, and their findings during the first visit. This treatment program may include educational information to help prevent future problems, a personalized exercise program, and/or manual, or “hands-on” therapy. Modalities may be used such as ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, and hot/cold packs to help with your symptoms. You and your therapist will also determine how frequently you need to attend physical therapy sessions and how many weeks your treatment sessions may last. The entire first treatment typically lasts 45 minutes to one hour. To help expedite your check in process, please download the appropriate forms HERE to bring with you on your first visit. Our forms are also available for you in all of our office locations.
Please dress comfortably keeping in mind that the therapist may need to access body parts associated with the injury. You may be doing light exercising during your treatment sessions. For example if you have a knee problem, its’ best to wear, or bring shorts. For a shoulder problem , a tank top is a good choice. Also please remember to wear comfortable foot wear as you may be doing activities that require standing and/or walking.
Your initial evaluation will typically last 45 minutes to one Hour. Your follow-up sessions will vary in length but will typically last anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
You are an integral part in your course of rehabilitation and recovery. Your therapist cannot fully help you with your goals without an active participation from you. We ask that all patients follow through with the exercise program and instructions on activity modification/advancement, as this is extremely important in expediting your recovery.
Many times your physician will give you a recommendation or a listing of therapy providers in your area. On occasion your insurance company will provide assistance in regards to which therapy providers are “in network” for your specific insurance plan. Ultimately, the decision as to where you receive your care is up to you! If you have a specific request, or a specific location you wish to attend therapy, please inform your physician or insurance company. If PRA is your choice for therapy, and in the unlikely event that PRA is not “in network”, most plans have “out of network” benefits that will allow you to choose PRA for your therapy sessions.
There are many factors that go in to deciding what therapy clinic is the best choice for you. Here are a list of things to consider when seeking out a therapy clinic:
PRA is locally owned, with professional and support staff who live and work in your community. With over 25 years of service, and multiple clinic locations in the Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Tipton, and Williamsburg areas, we have built a reputation based upon Service, Access, and Outcomes. Not only do we strive to be YOUR therapy provider, but in doing so we want to create a lasting relationship in which you will return to us for future therapy needs, and will trust us with the care of your family and friends. If you have any questions on if PRA is right for your care, please call any of our clinic locations and a therapist would be happy to provide you with information to help you make your decision.