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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our frequently asked questions below to learn more about Flow Physical Therapy in Chicago. Find answers to common questions about treatment options, services, benefits, and how to start physical therapy in the Chicago area.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a type of healthcare that helps people manage pain and improve their movement. Physical therapists use various techniques, including exercise, stretching, and massage, to help their patients recover from injuries, reduce pain and swelling, and increase mobility.

What do physical therapists do?

Physical therapists work with people of all ages with various conditions, including injuries, surgeries, chronic pain, and disabilities. They evaluate their patients' movements, assess their needs, and develop treatment plans to help them improve their physical function and reduce pain. Physical therapists also provide education and guidance on preventing further injuries and managing chronic conditions.

Who can benefit from physical therapy & what can physical therapy treat?

Physical therapy can be beneficial for anyone experiencing pain or difficulty with movement. It can benefit people who have sustained an injury, undergone surgery, or have a chronic condition such as arthritis or back pain.

Physical therapy can treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as neck pain, back pain, and osteoarthritis

  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or stroke

  • Injuries such as sprains and strains

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

  • Balance and coordination problems

What to expect during physica therapy

What should I expect during a physical therapy session?

During a physical therapy session, you can expect to:

  • Undergo a thorough evaluation to assess your needs and goals

  • Work with your physical therapist to develop a treatment plan

  • Participate in exercises and activities to improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility

  • Receive education and guidance on how to manage your condition and prevent further injuries

How long will I need physical therapy?

The length of time you will need physical therapy will depend on your condition and goals. Some people may only need a few sessions, while others might require ongoing treatment for several months. Your physical therapist will work with you to decide the best course of treatment.

How often will I need to attend physical therapy sessions?

The frequency of your physical therapy sessions will depend on your individual needs and treatment plan. Some people may need to attend several weekly sessions, while others may only need to come in once a week or less. Your physical therapist will work with you to determine the best schedule for your needs.

Are there any risks or side effects from physical therapy? 

Physical therapy is generally safe and effective; most people do not experience significant risks or side effects. However, you may experience temporary soreness or discomfort after a physical therapy session. Your physical therapist will collaborate with you to minimize discomfort and ensure your safety throughout your treatment.

When should I arrive for my first appointment?

Your first appointment at Flow Physical Therapy in Chicago will be a comprehensive evaluation with a licensed physical therapist. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. There may be additional forms to complete in our office, such as consent forms and a functional survey. 

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring the following with you to your first appointment:

  • Issued Photo ID (valid driver's license, state ID, passport)

  • Insurance Cards

  • Please read our Notice of Privacy Practice and complete your Patient Intake Forms for your first appointment.

  • Please wear comfortable and suitable clothing for exercise.

  • Your schedule to make future appointments.

Verifying Insurance Coverage

Flow Physical Therapy will check your insurance benefits, but we do not guarantee coverage. It is your responsibility to know your coverage and we highly recommend that you check your benefits as well. If you have any questions about insurance, please call our office at 312-701-4089 or contact your insurance provider.

Services at Flow Physical Therapy in Chicago

Contact Us With Questions or to Schedule an Appointment

If you have any questions, please call Flow Physical Therapy today at 312-701-4089 or reach out to us using the form on our contact page.

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