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Professional Physical Therapy

216 North 2nd Street
Amite, LA 70422

Phone: (985) 748-7878
Clinic Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

QuestionWhat is physical therapy?

Answer (from Web MD):

Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level.

The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier. For example, it may help with walking, going up stairs, or getting in and out of bed.


QuestionHow do I know if physical therapy would help me?


Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy may be right for you. Talk to your doctor or call us at 985-748-7878 to set up a free consultation.


QuestionWhat should I expect at my first physical therapy visit?

Answer (from Web MD):

At your first physical therapy visit, your physical therapist will review your medical history and do a physical evaluation. Depending on your diagnosis or symptoms, your therapist may evaluate your flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, posture, and/or heart rate and respiration. The therapist will work with you to decide on your goals for physical therapy and to begin planning your treatment. You may or may not begin your actual therapy at the first visit.

In general, the first goal of treatment is to decrease any pain and swelling you may have. The next steps usually are to increase your flexibility and then to increase your strength and endurance, depending on your condition. The goal is always to improve your ability to do your daily tasks and activities.

As with any exercise, you may have mild soreness or swelling as a result of treatment, and these should be noted by your therapist. Your therapist will watch your reaction to treatment and will adjust your treatment as needed. This ongoing assessment and adjustment means that the risk of any injury or complication from physical therapy is very low.

In most cases, part of your physical therapy will be education. Your therapist may teach you about a home exercise program, proper body mechanics, and the use of any special equipment you may need. He or she will then periodically check on how well you are transferring the skills you learn in therapy to your daily life.


QuestionWhat should I bring to my first visit?


You should bring:

  • A prescription for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA
  • Insurance information including the forms from this site (we will take a copy of your card)
  • In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any contact names, phone numbers and claim number.


Question: What do I wear?


Dress comfortably. We will supply shorts or gowns during your session if needed.


Question: How long will my therapy sessions last?


Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour. Each session after that may be 30-45 minutes. The time will be based on your specific needs.


Question:  How often will I have to come?


How many sessions you will need depends on your injury/diagnosis, your personal recovery rate, and your diligence in doing your homework (i.e. home exercises, medications, therapies).


Question:   How much will it cost? Will my insurance cover your services?

Answer:  Professional Physical Therapy maintains first quality treatment at competitive rates. Once we have determined your treatment regimen and have consulted with you, we will be glad to discuss cost of treatment and payment methods.

Most insurance companies pay all or part of physical therapy needs. We will contact your insurance company at your first visit to verify coverage.