Are you considering a total knee replacement or recently have had a total knee replacement? An exercise program designed and guided by a physical therapist can help improve your motion, strength and functional abilities and decrease your pain and swelling.
First thing I I'm going to get as soon as I get out....a Sonic Diet Coke with Crushy ice and a Dions Ham Sub! YES!
On my first day at Southwest Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, I was introduced to the behind the scenes of billing the insurance world. I will admit it was a little intimitating, but the hardest part was understanding the strange concept of an EOB. They are referred to by many other terms most commonly, an explanation of benefits (EOB), an explanation of review (EOR), and an explanation of remittance adivce (ERA). For our purposes, let's stick with an EOB. An EOB is simply a piece of paper from an insurance company, but that paper does so much for providers and patients. All of them describe in sometimes confusing detail how much the insurance company paid, why they paid that amount, and most importantly what the patient responsibility is. I'd like to take the time and break down what these papers mean to the providers and to the patients.
Friends, family, and patients all ask me what to use on their aching back. What to use on their sprained knee. What to use after surgery and for how long, and how many times per day. In this article, I hope to shed a little light on these questions.
The insurance world is a very confusing place to navigate. The terminology can be almost as foreign as many medical terms. I should know this, when I first began working at Southwest Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, I was a college student with absolutely no idea what health insurance really was. After four years working in this world, I would like to think I have learned a thing or two and I would love to share some things I know. As a medical biller there are a few trends I notice from insurance companies that cost my patients more money than what they expect to pay. I have put together a list of the top five I see on almost a weekly basis. Knowing your insurance plan could save you hundreds or even thousands a year.
Today about 10 a.m. I had physical therapy “Holy ^#@>!”, When I stood up to walk, my knees felt like someone hit them with a baseball bat, then covered them with bees. That may seem a bit over-dramatic- but it is a pretty good description of how I felt at the time. (Keep in mind that I am Irish and we never let the truth get in the way of a good story). One curious thing kept happening through all of this physical therapy, I became extremely thirsty throughout my PT sessions. I mean “Lawrence of Arabia” parched (see what I mean about being Irish).
My physical therapist came into my room today and and said she brought me a present. "A present for me? Oh you shouldn't have". I was curious about what the present might be. But judging from the cheshire smile on her face I can only imagine. She then reached around the corner and brought "the present" into the room.
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