FAQs

Physical Therapy Questions

Nutrition Questions

Physical Therapy Questions 

  • Q: Do I need a prescription from a doctor in order to have physical therapy?
  • A: Physical Therapists in NJ are allowed to evaluate and treat patients for 30 days without a physician prescription. Some insurance companies however, such as Medicare, Workers’ Compensation and No-Fault do require a prescription. Call our office and our Front Office Team can let you know if your insurance company requires a prescription to pay for physical therapy.

 


 

  • Q: How much will physical therapy cost me? 
  • A: Physical Therapy is covered by insurance and we participate with most insurance companies.  We also see patients out of network.  Before your initial visit our knowledgeable and friendly Front Office Team will call your insurance company to determine what, if any, your out of pocket expenses are expected to be.

 


 

  • Q: What should I wear?
  • A: You should wear comfortable loose fitting clothes that provide access to the area we are treating.  Sneakers or closed shoes are recommended.

 


 

  • Q: How long does a session last?
  • A: Typically your initial session will last one hour. Subsequent sessions will last 45 minutes to an hour. Due to a patient’s condition and amount of exercise needed, some sessions will extend past an hour.

 


 

  • Q: How often do I have to come?
  • A: In order to obtain optimal results, we suggest a minimum of 2x per week, preferably 3. Every patient has different needs, so once you are evaluated by your therapist you will be advised what is best for you.

 


 

  • Q: What can I expect on my first day of therapy?
  • A: After completing your paperwork, you will meet with your Physical Therapist who will discuss your main complaints and goals for physical therapy. An evaluation will then be performed to determine your limitations and problems. In most cases treatment will begin immediately and you will be given a home exercise program. 

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Nutrition Questions

  • Q: Does insurance cover nutrition?
  • A: We do not participate with insurance for our nutritional services. Some policies will cover reimbursement for preventative care. All insurance policies are different, so we suggest you call your insurance company.

 


 

  • Q: Can nutrition improve my blood work?
  • A: Absolutely. The most common improvements are improved cholesterol, balanced blood sugar and decreased need for blood pressure medications.

 


 

  • Q: How often are appointments?
  • A: We like to schedule meetings every 2-3 weeks for the first few visits as our Nutritionist analyzes your progress and makes changes to your food and exercise program. It’s important that we ensure fat loss while maintaining your muscle; this allows your metabolic rate to stay elevated even after you hit your goals.  

 


 

  • Q: How do we track progress?
  • A: Although the scale will show physical changes, it doesn’t show the whole picture concerning what the body is burning. We use Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), which is a non-invasive test that measures your body fat, muscle and water changes at each meeting. We measure at every visit to analyze the effects your unique program is having on your metabolism, while we also make changes to optimize your progress.

 


 

  • Q: Do athletes need a Nutritionist?
  • A: The body is a highly intelligent machine that is controlled by energy systems and pathways that act like a domino effect. The more you work this “machine” (athletic training), the more care should be given to make sure all parts are working efficiently. Athlete consultations go way beyond healthy eating education. The focus is based on customizing fuel timing, exact carbohydrate/protein/fat ratios, and specific vitamin and mineral needs. It’s not as simple as “calories in and calories out” which is why we specialize in looking at your whole body to make a unique plan specifically for you.

 


 

  • Q: Should I bring in my old blood work?
  • A: Our Nutritionist specializes in functional blood work analysis and can use previous blood work to learn more about your body and metabolism. Older blood work also serves as a baseline for comparison in the future as we work toward your goals.

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Get more than just physical therapy. Come to ProCare Physical Therapy, P.A. for more on fitness and wellness services. Call us at 908.205.8625 (South Plainfield, NJ) or 908.575.0008 (Bridgewater, NJ) or you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your appointment. We provide services to the communities of Somerset County, NJ and Middlesex County, NJ, including Piscataway, Dunellen, South Plainfield, Edison, Somerville, Branchburg, Bridgewater and Middlesex.