Prevention, Performance and Training. The new model of Physical Therapy to challenge old methodology
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
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 we do not accept private insurance, bill insurance or work directly with any insurance provider.
Currently, in the insurance-based model of care, volume is king. In order to be profitable, companies accepting insurance must see 3-5 patients on the hour per Physical Therapist.
If you're looking for a high dollar producing business model that is geared more towards how many clients can be piled onto a schedule versus how quickly and thoroughly a client improves; then high volume is the model for you!
If you’ve ever been to an insurance-based clinic, a typical experience includes:
1. Waiting in the waiting room for too long.
2. Sharing the attention & time of the PT with 1-4 other patients.
3. Same exercise prescription every single time...3 sets of 10 again?
4. Supervision of exercises by a tech or aide.
5. Minimal demonstration of prescribed exercises.
6. Minimal to no manual (hands on) treatment.
7. 15 minutes of ice or heat at the end of each treatment.
Rinse and repeat this plan with minimal tweaks for 2-3 visits per week for 6-8 weeks or until your insurance tells you that you're out of visits until next year. The plan remains basic, never progresses and if you find someone next to you who has the same body part/problem being treated, they’re doing the same exact cookie cutter plan you’re doing. It’s frustrating for the client.
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 60 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 your specific goals. 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 and/or send me a video of the area/movement in question. 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? Typically, I only see clients 1 - 2 times per week which is more manageable for a busy schedule. Physiologic changes, especially improvements in strength and relaxation of soft tissue, does not occur overnight. You'll receive a home program to progress strength and maintain range of motion and it is typically progressed at each appointment.
Consistency is key. Your home plan is designed to give you the control over improving/resolving what is going on – I want achievable, beneficial and long-term improvements for your life and training style.