FAQ

  • Do you need a prescription from a physician?

    For many insurances you do not need a prescription. Medicare does require one.

     

  • Does Medicare also have a cap on physical therapy services?

    No, As of 2/9/18 the medicare cap on Outpatient Physical Therapy has been repealed.  

     

  • Can I choose where to obtain my physical therapy?

    Yes. With the exception of worker's compensation, you may go to a clinic or a physical therapist of your choice.

     

  • What areas do you treat?

    Headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, pelvic pain, back pain, elbow pain, hip pain , knee ankle and foot pain, dizziness, general weakness, imbalance, rehab for total joints such as hip, knee and shoulder.

     

  • What would you do for my chronic low back pain?

    First we would examine you to determine if you have: 1 a decrease in the strength of the muscles supporting your back, 2. a decrease in flexibility of the muscles or joints of the back, or 3. a decrease in your activity level either at home or at work due to the pain you have.

    We would then give you information on how to take care of your back in order to reduce the strain on structures that are chronically aggravated in activities you perform at home or at work. You then would receive a customized home exercise program to correct your lack of strength or flexibility that was identified during the exam.

    We may also use some treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage or traction to reduce your pain. These treatments may be combined with controlled muscle or joint stretching. Average number of visits to treat back pain centered in the low back is 6 visits.

     

  • I have positional vertigo (dizziness) . Do you treat that, and if so, what do you do for it?

    One type of vertigo is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. This is caused by small crystals in the middle ear that float into the wrong places, become loose and cause dizziness. For this problem, we can do a treatment called the canalith repositioning maneuver. With this maneuver the head and neck are taken into various positions, causing the crystals to float into a chamber where they no long cause symptoms. Results are quite dramatic. Usually only one or two treatments are necessary to treat this condition.

    Other vertigo problems may be treated with exercise to work on repetitive movements that bring on symptoms. With repetitions, the brain can be retrained to reduce symptoms significantly. For this type of treatment, an individual may be treated several times per week for 3-6 weeks. Average number of visits for this type of vertigo is six.

     

  • I have plantar fasciitis and have been to several different practitioners. What can you do to treat my condition?

    First we would make sure you are wearing the correct type of shoe gear (shoes and insoles or arch supports.) We would examine your ability to walk or run and the flexibility of the muscles of your feet, legs, hips and back. We would test the strength of the muscles in these areas as well. If you have a problem with decreased strength or flexibility, you will receive a home exercise program to correct these problems. Ultrasound, deep tissue massage, or taping procedures may be used for pain control purposes. Average number of visits is six.

Mount Vernon
300 Virgil Ave

Mount Vernon, IA 52314
319-895-8655 

Fax: 319-895-8651

Center Point

4215 Lewis Access Rd, Suite 300 Center Point, IA 52213
319-849-2062

Fax: 319-849-2067

Marion
999 44th St., Suite 10000 

Marion, IA 52302
319-373-7311

Fax: 319-373-7313

Solon

411 Haganman Lane Unit D, Solon, IA 52333

319-624-1250
Fax: 319-624-1252

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