The Answers You Need
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT AN APPOINTMENT?
Every appointment will be 100% one on one with a doctor of physical therapy. The initial evaluation will last around 90 minutes to ensure we gather all the information needed to create the best treatment plan for you. Each session after that will be one hour. My job is to look at your complaint, get it all out on the table, look at it from all angles, figure out where you're at, where we need to bring in support and figure out the best path to get you back to what you do. This may be getting back to the sport or activities you love, having pain-free sex, or staying dry and running after your kids.
I strive to work with you as a primary member of your healthcare team to get you back to where you want to be!
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM A PHYSICIAN OR MIDWIFE?
If you have one, great! Please bring it to your first appointment.
No referral? No problem! Florida Law allows direct access to a physical therapist for up to 30 days.This means you do not need see your physician or midwife to get started with a physical therapist. This can save you valuable time and money and avoid unnecessary diagnostic testing and medications. The sooner you receive treatment for an injury or dysfunction, the faster you will get well! Following the initial evaluation, we will write up a plan of care and send it to your provider of choice so that they can be up to date on your treatment plan.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Empower Her is an out of network practice. By being out of network with insurance companies, we are able to provide superior, one-on-one care that is unmatched by anyone else in the Southwest Florida area. When you are in-network, you are greatly limited in what services you can provide based solely on what insurance will reimburse you for. Insurance puts a cap on how much money they will pay, and limits the amount of time you can spend with your patients.
By being an out of network provider, Empower Her is able to spend one-on-one time with you each and every visit for the entirety of the visit, and provide the superior care and services you need to improve. This way, you can spend significantly less time attending therapy because you improve much more quickly. We work for patients not insurance companies!
We can provide you with a Super Bill after each visit that you can simply mail off to your insurance company for reimbursement for out-of-network benefits.
HOW LONG IS A COURSE OF TREATMENT?
While we wish we could give a definite answer to this question, that is hardly ever the case. Each person has their own story and unique, individualized needs. Typically treatment will start with one visit per week. Once symptoms begin to show consistent improvement we can typically reduce to every 2-3 weeks while you maintain a home exercise program. Each visit we are attempting to "peel back the layers" to get to the root of the problem and this looks a little different for everyone! Your commitment to your plan of care is also vital to your success!
DO YOU TREAT MEN?
My practice specializes in treating women. Please check pelvicguru.com or pelvicrehab.com to find a practitioner who treats men.
IS THERE A PELVIC EXAM INVOLVED?
Pelvic floor physical therapists have specialized training in the ability to assess and treat the muscles, nerves and fascia of the pelvic floor. This is most often performed vaginally. While it can be a helpful component in assessment, treatment, and resolution of your symptoms it is absolutely never required. This is not the same as a pelvic exam performed by a OBGYN or Midwife.