Prevention, Performance and Training. The new model of Physical Therapy to challenge old methodology
Updated: May 14, 2019
Southeast Physical Therapy is different from other PT practices because it values the time of our patients offering them faster and better outcomes as a result of more personalized treatment and care.
Southeast Physical Therapy is an out of network/cash-based practice, meaning I do not accept private insurance, bill insurance on behalf of the client or work with insurance in any form. Currently, in the insurance-based model, volume is king. In order to run a profitable business, companies which accept insurance must see 2-5 patients on the hour and while this model is conducive to making money it is not geared towards getting patients and clients better faster.
If you’ve ever been to an insurance-based clinic, a typical experience includes: Waiting in the waiting room for too long, sharing the attention/time of the PT with 1-4 other patients, 3 sets of 10 reps prescribed for every single exercise, minimal demonstration of prescribed exercises, minimal to no manual (hands on) treatment and finally 15 minutes of ice or heat to conclude your treatment. And this plan is then repeated with minimal tweaks over and over for 2-3 visits per week for 6-8 weeks. The plan remains basic, never progresses and if you find someone next to you who has the same body part being treated, they’re doing the same exact cookie cutter plan you’re doing. It’s frustrating for all parties (patient and provider) involved. This is where Southeast stands out.
What does a visit with Southeast Physical Therapy look like? My focus is on you. Every appointment is one on one. Your initial assessment is 90-120 minutes long and involves a deep dive into your pain, lifestyle, sleeping habits, training habits and old aches and pains. It continues with a detailed analysis of joint mobility, functional movement(s), strength and balance. All findings are then explained, a treatment plan in established based on the findings and the plan is initiated. Follow-up appointments are 60 minutes or longer depending on what is needed. If additional time is needed to talk, analyze movement, perform manual therapy, cue/clarify movements and exercises, etc. it’s there to use. As a client, you have 24 –hour access to me. If you have a question, text, call, email, message me on Facebook, send me a DM on Instagram, send me a video. If you need real time movement analysis during a workout but don’t want to wait for your next appointment, I can come to you or we can do a telehealth appointment using the camera on your phone (think HIPAA compliant FaceTime).
As for future appointments? I will only see a client 1 - 2 times in the same week. Change, especially strength and soft tissue, does not occur overnight. Typical scheduling is 1 week between visits depending on what is being treated. A home program is provided and progressed at each appointment and consistent performance of this plan is key. The plan is designed to give you the control over improving/resolving what is going on – I’m not looking for clients to rely on me to manage their pain and kick the can down the road. I want achievable, beneficial and long-term improvements for your life and training style.