Boston Associates Rehabilitation
Physical and Occupational Therapy
(856)299-9229 Carney's Point / (856)517-3044 Pennsville
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What happens during my first visit?
During your first visit you can expect the following:
- Arrive on time to fill out paperwork.
- Provide us with your prescription for physical therapy.
- We will copy your insurance card.
- You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.
- The therapist will discuss the following:
1. Your medical history.
2. Your current problems/complaints.
3. Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
4. How this is impacting your daily activities.
5. Your goals with physical therapy.
6. Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Your physical therapy prescription if you have one.
- Your driver's license.
- Your insurance card.
What types of treatment will I receive?
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)- involves the use of a device which transmits an electrical impulse to the skin over selected muscle groups by way of electrodes.
- Heat- heat is recommended to decrease chronic pain, relax the muscles, and for pain relief.
- Active Range of Motion- the range of movement through which a patient can actively move a joint using the adjacent muscles.
- Ultrasound- a high frequency sound wave emitted from the sound head when electricity is passed through a quartz crystal. The stream of sound waves helps with nutrition exchange at the cellular level and healing.
- Progressive Resistive Exercises (PRE)- a method of increasing the strength of a weak or injured muscle by gradually increasing the resistance against which the muscle works, such as by graduated weights.
- Stretching/Flexibility Exercises- exercise designed to lengthen muscle(s) or soft tissue. Stretching exercises improve the flexibility of muscles that have tightened.
- Stationary Bicycle- prescribed for improving the strength and/or range of motion of the back or lower extremities as well as cardiovascular endurance.
What happens if my pain or problems return?
- Flare-ups are common. If you have a flare-up, give us a call. We may suggest that you come back and see us, return to your doctor, or modify your daily activities or exercise routine.
Why are people referred to physical therapy?
- You and others nay be referred to physical therapy because of a movement dysfunction associated with pain. Your difficulty with moving part(s) of your body results in limitations with your daily activities. (e.g., difficulty getting out of a chair, an inability to play sports, or trouble with walking). Physical therapists treat these movements dysfunctions and their associated paints and restore your body's ability to move in a normal matter.
What should I wear?
- We usually recommend that patients wear looser-fitting exercise clothing and sneakers for maximimum comfort.