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In-Clinic Appointment FAQs: Top Questions and Answers for Physical & Occupational Therapy Visits

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about your in-clinic physical therapy appointment. If your question is not answered here, please call 212-759-2282 or email us at info@spearcenter.com.

How clean is your clinic?

SPEAR has always kept immaculate standards and nightly cleaning of its clinics. In early March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic began, SPEAR added an additional sterilization process in its clinics, using an EPA-registered disinfectant that qualifies under the EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We also implemented patient and therapist screening, as well as many more tactics you can read about here, which ensure we are well beyond the CDC’s recommended sanitization levels for a service that the Federal and State governments have identified as an essential service.

What do I need to wear for my initial appointment?

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a pair of rubber-soled sneakers. Every treatment course begins with a comprehensive evaluation.

Should I bring any X-rays and MRI reports with me?

Yes, please do. Although we can request these from your doctor or lab facility, it is better if you provide them for us during your first visit so that we can perform a more complete and accurate evaluation.
You will be asked to fill out some basic paperwork, so don’t forget to bring your prescription for physical therapy.

What types of treatments do you perform?

We perform various types of treatments, and will customize a program combining the best techniques specific for your particular injury. The modalities and techniques we use include soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation, stretching, therapeutic exercises, and ice. The treatment program will be performed in a private treatment room as well as a gym setting using a variety of athletic and rehabilitation equipment.

What type of equipment do you have on the premises?

Because we focus on rehabilitation as well as performance enhancement, we have a full gym on the premises, including a variety of equipment intended solely for rehabilitation.

Do I always see the same therapist?

At the SPEAR Center, you will always see the same physical therapist that you start with, except for special circumstances such as scheduling difficulties or special diagnoses.

How long does each session last?

Generally, your initial visit will last over 1 hour since the therapist will need to evaluate your condition, provide treatment, and give home instructions. Following visits may last from 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your injury and level of activity.

How often will I come?

Most prescriptions and treatment schedules are for 2-3 visits per week, but this will vary based on your condition and physical ability. Physical therapy sessions typically last an hour. Treatment plans usually are from 6-12 weeks with periodic re-evaluations and regular follow-up visits with your doctor.

Important tips:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to you scheduled appointment to check in.
  • Bring all necessary insurance verification, physicians prescription, list of medications, radiographs (MRI’s, X-rays), etc.
  • Bring or wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a pair of rubber soled sneakers.
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