805 Madison Street, Suite 2-D
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 924-0881
Caroline Choppa, MSPT
Meredith Johnson, MPT
Nicholas Choppa, LAc / LMT

Patient FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a prescription for Physical Therapy Treatment?

In Alabama a PT is able to see a Patient for an Evaluation without a prescription or ‘script’ from your provider. All following visits REQUIRE a signed script from your provider.

2. Do I need a prescription for Physical Therapy Treatment?
Providers that may sign a PT prescription include; MD, DO, Chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner, Podiatrist, Dentist.

3. Do I need a prescription for Wellness Care?
In Alabama a PT may provide WELLNESS care to clients without the need for a prescription from your provider.

4. How often will I need to be treated, and for how long?
There are several factors that determine both frequency and longevity of care. These factors include acute versus chronic condition, severity of symptoms, general health, and type of therapy services desired. Typically during early stages of treatment you would be expected to have treatment once per week, but this often quickly diminishes to 1-2 treatments per month. Individuals receiving Cranial-Sacral therapy require time between sessions to allow their body to integrate the manual work received, and may have treatment only once per month depending on needs.

5. What should I wear ?
It is important that your therapist be able to ‘see’ your system for accurate assessment, and skin-to-skin contact is needed for most manual techniques. It is best to wear comfortable, loose clothing including shorts, sports bra, or camisoles.

6. How will I feel after a session?
It is common for clients to feel fatigued following a session, and often to feel a little sore or ‘punky’. This can last for a few hours, and usually resolves within 24-48 hours.

Others may also feel some immediate relief. If your symptoms are more chronic in nature it is important to know that symptoms will typically diminish in severity and frequency over time…try not to be discouraged if results are not immediately complete.

7. When will I experience results?
Some patients do experience immediate relief from symptoms, but for most it takes a few sessions before positive changes are strong. Each persons recovery is unique.

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