​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is Physical Therapy? We are highly trained health professionals with the education to evaluate and establish a plan of care for each individual patient to achieve his or her goals. Physical therapists are movement experts that are unique in their ability to understand the potential causes of pain and dysfunction. We treat our patients, using advanced manual therapy, techniques to improve soft tissue and joint mobility. We use modalities as needed, to achieve our goals for pain and dysfunction. We educate the patient for self management of their condition and establish home exercise programs. We coordinate with other health care professionals to maximize the patient’s success for recovery.

 

Is Physical Therapy the Right Choice for Me?  Each patient is unique in their presentation and this specific question is best answered following the initial evaluation by your therapist.  General questions about specific conditions are welcomed. Please feel free to call the office for an appointment or schedule a free  phone consult with Amy 727-797-7600

 

I have been to physical therapy before and it did not help…

Why should C.H.O.O.S.E be able to help me? Physical Therapy can be very different from one facility to another. There are many levels of expertise and varied approaches to rehabilitation.  If you have not been happy in the past do not give up on therapy, just seek another opinion. Many of our patients have experienced repetitive exercise and little to no “hands on” treatment at other facilities, and have significantly improved with our approach.

 

What Should I Expect from C.H.O.O.S.E Physical Therapy?  

Please allow a minimum of 1 hour for the first session, which will involve a comprehensive initial evaluation to determine the source of pain and dysfunction. We will be initiating treatment on the day of the evaluation, which allows us to immediately re-assess treatment response, and adjust programs accordingly. Modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction and laser, will be used on an as needed basis throughout the course of treatment. Education will be ongoing as well as the establishment of a comprehensive home exercise program. Each subsequent treatment will be around 1 hour.

 

What is your approach to exercise?

If pain is a primary issue, our philosophy is to get the pain under control first through education and a home exercise program, designed to decrease pain.  As that is being achieved, the exercise program will be progressed, building strength from the small spinal stabilizers to the large global muscles with emphasis always on proper form and proper movement patterns to change muscle imbalance

 

Can I come directly to physical therapy? Do I need a prescription or referral?

In the state of Florida you do not need a referral or prescription for physical therapy.*

*Some types of insurance such as Medicare and motor vehicle accidents require a physician be involved in your care. Usually HMO plans require a referral. (Please call for more specific questions as this is ever changing in the current medical environment)

 

What type of patient does best at C.H.O.O.S.E Physical Therapy? We make the most progress with highly motivated patients that want to participate in their rehabilitation process. Compliance with a home exercise program and behavioral modification for activities is essential for recovery.

 

What type of injuries or conditions does C.H.O.O.S.E Physical therapy specialize in?

C.H.O.O.S.E. Physical Therapy LLC is comprehensive outpatient facility specializing in the evaluation and treatment of all orthopedic and sports medicine injuries with an emphasis on manual therapy and exercise.

 

Can I see a physical therapist to improve flexibility, strength, endurance and posture?

Since we are movement experts, we can evaluate and screen for potential risk for injury, educate and establish appropriate exercise programs to avoid injury and maximize performance. We have extensive experience in improving posture through education and exercises.

 

Will therapy improve my performance for activities of daily living as well as athletic or recreation participation? Physical therapists understand compensatory movement patterns and can retrain an athlete to maximize performance. This may include a bio-mechanical analysis of the sport specific activity or activities, that may be contributing to the current condition or injury with a treatment and exercise program designed to return the athlete to his or her sport at a higher level of performance

 

Do you see post surgical patients?  We work closely with local physicians to provide rehabilitation for post surgical orthopedic patients for spine, hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, TMJ and hand injuries. We also have experience with cancer patients and their post-surgical rehabilitation.

 

Do you treat dizziness? Balance disorders? We also are skilled in the evaluation and treatment for dizziness, balance and gait disorders. Balance patients often make significant progress with physical therapy, decreasing fall risk and potential injury.  

  

What insurances do you accept? Do you accept cash patients? Do you accept motor vehicle patients? We accept most insurances including self paying patients as well as motor vehicle injuries.

 

Should I go in or out of network?  That is a personal decision but you should always seek out quality care.  Please be aware that many insurance companies have cut reimbursement so severely to their in-network providers, that it is difficult to provide comprehensive services, often requiring providers to carry out abbreviated sessions, which ultimately require more visits to achieve treatment goals.  Going out of network may be necessary to achieve quality care, and may even cost less money.

 

What is the age range for our patients?  We see pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.

 

What Services do you provide?  Gait training, patient education, activities of daily living and body mechanics training, postural re-education, trigger point release/manual therapy, myofascialrelease (including cupping, blading and flossing, cranial-sacral therapy), joint mobilization/manipulation, custom exercise programs, vestibular rehabilitation, balance and gait training.


What is a Physical Therapy Annual Physical?  It is a full body comprehensive evaluation that allows us to design a custom exercise program to correct imbalances for injury prevention.


What is the Gravity Fit Exercise Program? This program is based on research, from studying the effect of space on astronauts from both NASA and the European Space agency.  It is designed to quickly increase strength of all anti-gravity muscles, improve posture and decrease risk for injury.  

" Remember if you have poor posture you have a weak spine and are at increased risk for injury"

What Modalities do you have available?  Ultrasound, electrical stimulation including functional electrical stimulation, Russian electrical stimulation, Interferential current, Iontophoreis, and TENS, phonophoresis, ultrasound, lumbar traction, cervical traction, and  laser therapy.Modalities are utilized as needed to enhance your recovery and compliment the manual techniques and exercise programs.

    

Will Class IV laser help me? This innovative and effective technology offers pain relief, reduced swelling, and increased healing time. When this light interacts with damaged cells, cellular respiration is improved, inflammation is reduced and pain decreases.

FAQ’s & Services Provided

C.h.o.o.s.e. Physical Therapy

3001 Eastland Bvld.  Suite 3B

Clearwater, Fl. 33761

(727) 797-7600