Many people have never heard of physical therapy until a doctor suggests you try it for some sort of injury, after an accident, or if you have exhausted all other treatment options. Physical therapy is becoming more and more popular as a specialized treatment for many injuries and ailments people have. If physical therapy is unfamiliar to you, a big question you may have is how much will it cost. While we can not tell you exactly how much you will pay, we can give an estimate and explanation for what physical therapy will cost.
In order to be treated for physical therapy, a lot of things must be considered. If you want to use your insurance to help pay your physical therapy costs, you must get to know your insurance plan very well. Physical therapy is a specialist medical provider so a specialist co-pay may be applied. Sometimes that is more than a normal trip to your doctor. Most insurance cards say on the back what a specialist's co-pay would be. Other costs may be incurred due to your deductible, co-insurance, or co-pay amounts. Every insurance is different so that is why it is important to check your individual plan for you specific benefit information.
Physical therapy is not like a primary doctor that you see once a year. The majority of patients come in two to three times per week for a total of about 15-20 visits. So it important to remember that each visit will be a seperate co-pay. That may seem like a lot and may seem like a big commitment but physical therapy works. A great example would be my grandmother. She was told by her doctor that her shoulder required surgery just to get it so she could raise her hand above her head. After six weeks, her pain has decreased and she can move her shoulder without any problems. If you feel like you have the time and can make the finaicial sacrifice, ask your doctor if physical therapy could be an option for you. Download a prescription and take it to your next doctors visit.