Common Questions


Who uses Physical Therapy?

Those who benefit most from Physical Therapy are individuals who are in need of restoring injured body parts, increasing mobility, and/or building strength and stability. We also help improve posture and help patients recovering from surgery and/or illness who are in need of therapy to regain optimal physical functionality. Many specific conditions also respond well to physical therapy such as TMJ, fibromyalgia and persistent headaches


What should I bring with me to my first physical therapy appointment?

Please bring appropriate records from your doctor and a list of your medications, supplements and allergies as well as your insurance card. We also recommend bringing questions and concerns and especially goals. To save time, you can print the Intake Forms located on our forms page, and bring them completed to your appointment.
If you're unable to do this, please try to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you can fill out the necessary paperwork.


What should I wear to physical therapy?

We recommend you wear nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to BRPT to make your treatment more comfortable. As for footwear, we suggest comfortable (but supportive!) shoes, preferably sneakers.

How long does each physical therapy visit take?

The initial visit takes a little longer than the subsequent visits due to the paperwork that you may need to fill out. Normally, appointments are about an hour.


How long will I need physical therapy to feel better?

We believe strongly that you're a whole person who has a physical issue, not a "knee pain fix" or a "TMJ treatment". We treat holistically, yet realize you have a busy life so we try to see our patients as little as possible. If you are in acute need of treatment, we'll see you twice a week with a goal of reducing frequency as your function improves. We'll make sure you have a little "homework" to help you achieve your goals, which often consists of tuning in to what your body is doing too much or too little of while you do your daily activities and just 2-3 specific exercises.


When should I start seeing improvement?

Ideally within the first two physical therapy treatments. If we see no improvement in six treatments or a month, we're required to encourage you to see or return to your doctor for further diagnostics. This doesn't happen often.


What is the difference between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

Physical Therapy (PT) works in restoring function of the legs, back, neck, and torso along with the shoulder region. PT treatment also helps patients with rehabilitation after accidents and surgery along with wound care. Occupational Therapy (OT) primarily enables people to participate in the activities of everyday life. They use careful analysis of physical, environmental, social, mental, and other factors to identify barriers to occupation. An OT therapist is involved in both cognitive and physical training to assist patients with everyday living. PT and OT both work to help patients with their needs for both physical rehabilitation and general everyday life activities.


Will you keep in contact with my doctor?

If you are referred by a doctor, after your initial evaluation we will send a copy of the examination to them along with progress notes at regular intervals. If you are a direct access patient (no PT prescription) as is often the case, we will provide your doctor with the same information if you request it.


Will I see the same physical therapist every time?

Yes. Currently Tara is the owner and only physical therapist but she is looking to expand - look for this answer to change!


Will my insurance pay for therapy?

We ONLY participate in MEDICARE and ANTHEM BLUE CROSS/ BLUE SHIELD.

We are OUT OF NETWORK  for all other insurances. We will submit to them for you (as an OUT OF NETWORK PHYSICAL THERAPY OFFICE) and we STRONGLY encourage you to check your OUT OF NETWORK PHYSICAL THERAPY BENEFITS for ALL OTHER INSURANCES BEFORE you start physical therapy. We will also check your benefits before you start physical therapy.


Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy?

Private Insurance patients:
Connecticut has Direct Access which allows patients to receive Physical Therapy without a Physician's Prescription.

But it's always a good idea to double-check with your insurance carrier that you do NOT need a prescription (from a doctor to the PT) or a referral (from the doctor to the insurance company). You may need authorization (we submit paperwork to your insurance carrier or their medical management company to get permission to treat you for a certain number of visits).
 We will also check your insurance coverage and benefits but it's the patient's responsibility to know their own coverage (Call and ask questions if you don't understand something - it can be very confusing! Keep track of who you spoke with and when)

Medicare Patients:
The Federal government requires all Medicare patients to obtain an initial prescription and for the patient to be seen every 30 days by their physician to continue with therapy.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions - we look forward to helping you feel better!