"Was involved in a car accident and saw Dr. Ritchie for physical therapy. Found out from my attorney that Dr. Ritchie was billing my attorney stating I owed him $5,776.00. Per numerous calls, it was for 11 dates of services, 9 were denied no auth. & 2 past filing limit. Provider responsible, not member. Dr. Ritchie could have appealed this but chose to send a bill to m attorney and send me a bill for the copays that I did owe him for other date of services. My attorney said they would have just paid this out because they are not aware of an inet provider and was they are allowed. Had I not caught this Dr. Ritchie would have been paid $5,776.00 for services he was not entitled to zero! Look at your EOB's and if involved in any accident where an attorney is involved, know what they are paying out and make sure he is truly owed the money."
When injury or disease limit a patient’s ability to move and enjoy day-to-day activities without hurting, physical therapy helps restore movement and function. Physical therapy can increase strength, balance, and range of motion while reducing stiffness and pain. In some cases it may even be a safe and non-invasive alternative to pain medications or surgery.
Because physical therapy is used to treat an incredibly wide variety of ailments, each patient’s experience may be slightly different. In general, however, physical therapy appointments will consist of an examination, physical therapy treatments, and instructions about helpful ways to move or techniques to approach physical challenges.
The treatments used in physical therapy help to increase movement, reduce pain, and speed healing. They may include, among others:
Heat or cold therapy
Physical therapy is useful for many different problems. Almost any injury or disease that makes it painful or difficult to move can be treated with physical therapy. A few examples of conditions regularly seen by physical therapists include:
Injuries, including fractures, sprains, and strains
Lower back pain
Stroke or brain injury
Dizziness and loss of balance
Being able to go about your daily life effectively and comfortably is a key component of independence. Restoring that function is the work of physical therapists.