Common Questions

Who uses Physical or Rehabilitative Therapy?

Those who benefit from Physical Therapy are individuals who need to regain motion, improve flexibility, build strength, and lessen or eliminate pain following injury or surgery.  Physical Therapists will help improve posture, which if left uncorrected can cause damaging musculoskeletal conditions.  Physical therapists are your perfect partners in health to help you maintain mobility and quality of life, often without surgery or prescription medication and its side effects.  

What should I bring with me to my first appointment?

Please bring the prescription for physical therapy from your doctor , your insurance information, as well as a list of your current medications.  Currently, in the State of Michigan, physical therapists can evaluate a client but must have a physician referral in order to treat him/her.  We also recommend bringing in a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Please make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us the necessary paperwork and insurance information to put you in our system. To save time, you can also print the Intake Forms located on our "Helpful Forms" page, and bring them completed to your appointment.

What should I wear?

We highly recommend you bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to our physical rehab clinic because oftentimes you will be stretching or exercising. Your clothes should also allow us to evaluate your area of injury, so please dress accordingly. As for footwear, we suggest comfortable, closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to your first appointment.

How long does each visit take?

The initial visit takes a little longer than the subsequent visits due to the paperwork that you need to fill out, in addition to the completion of the assessment process. Normally, appointments are between 30 and 60 minutes.

How long will I need physical therapy?

You will need to attend physical therapy sessions until you and your therapist decide that you have reached your desired level of function or that further therapy would not be beneficial. Often therapy will also be monitored by your physician.

When should I start seeing improvement?

We expect that you will begin seeing gains quite quickly.  We begin by making a treatment plan for you including follow up visits to our physical rehab clinic. If at any point you feel like you are not progressing at a satisfactory rate, we will collaborate with you and modify your treatment plan. We will always keep you informed about your progress.

What is the difference between  Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

Physical Therapists work on restoring function of your musculoskeletal system including your back, neck, legs, and arms. Physical therapy treatment helps patients with rehabilitation after accidents, injury, and surgery. Occupational Therapists primarily work on activities that help patients resume their activities of daily living. They use careful analysis of physical, environmental, social, mental, and other factors to identify barriers to occupation. An occupational therapist is involved in both cognitive and physical training to assist patients with everyday living. Physical and Occupational Therapists both work to help patients with their needs for both physical rehabilitation and general everyday life activities.

Will you keep in contact with my doctor?

After your initial evaluation we will send a copy of the examination to your doctor along with progress notes at regular intervals.

Will I see the same physical therapist every time?

Our goal is to schedule you with the same physical therapist for each visit. However, there may be times when another physical therapist will treat you to accommodate your schedule. All of our physical therapists are fully-licensed and enjoy delivering high-quality care.

Will my insurance pay for therapy?

Generally, most insurance companies pay for physical therapy. Some companies only offer limited coverage or do not cover occupational therapy. We recommend that you call the benefit number listed on your insurance card to check on your insurance benefits before you start therapy.  Our office manager and billing specialist is happy to assist you in any way to expedite this process.  Please feel free to contact Lori Rittersdorf, at any time, with your requests. 

Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy?

Most insurance companies will require that you get a physician's referral for physical therapy.  Please bring your prescription with you to your first appointment.  Medicare requires the patient to be seen every 90 days by their physician to continue with therapy.

Clients of Priority Health Insurance are now able to have access to physical therapy services without a physician's referral. This is referred to as Direct Access. These individuals are allowed to have up to 10 visits of physical therapy for acute diagnoses covered by their insurance plan without the need to have a prescription from the physician. Please feel free to contact Lori Rittersdorf with any questions regarding Direct Access. 


Can my prescription for physical therapy be used at any physical therapy clinic? 

Yes.  You can take your prescription to the physical therapy clinic of your choice.  Your doctor may suggest certain clinics, though ultimately it is your decision where you go. 

"Your Health...Your Choice...Choose Grand River Physical Therapy Specialists, P.C."