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Physical Therapy: Benefits & Common Questions

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Physical Therapy (PT) is a healthcare discipline focused on optimizing your ability to move and function. It involves various treatment techniques and interventions designed to improve your ability to move with ease and perform daily activities, including leisure and sports, without pain, discomfort or limitations.

Highbar has made it our mission to set you up for success by transforming the way physical therapy care is delivered, so you can feel better, move freely, and live fully.

Key Aspects of Physical Therapy
  1. Improving Movement and Mobility: Physical therapists are experts in addressing movement disorders, impairments and limitations. Through individualized exercises, manual therapy techniques, and specialized techniques (for example, dry needling) they can help you regain or enhance your range of motion, mobility, strength, balance, and coordination.
  2. Pain Management: Pain often accompanies movement disorders or injuries. Physical therapists employ various modalities, such as therapeutic exercises, different kinds of manual therapy, dry needling, and modalities like electrical stimulation, to alleviate pain and promote healing.

What does Physical Therapy do?

Physical therapy aims to restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function and well-being. It encompasses a wide range of interventions tailored to your specific needs and goals. Physical therapists are experts in movement and are trained to uncover issues, diagnose conditions, create a treatment plan, and educate patients on how to take care of their bodies. Physical therapy offers numerous benefits, including pain relief, improved mobility, and injury prevention. Some of the most common reasons why people visit a physical therapist are:

Back Pain
Neck Pain and Headaches
Sprains and Strains
Sports Injuries
Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction
Pregnancy and Postnatal Care
Dizziness and Vertigo
Chronic and Persistent Pain
Occupational/Work-related Injuries
Pre-surgical and post-surgical care
What is the difference between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) both aim to enhance an individual's functional abilities but differ in focus and approach. OT centers on improving a person's ability to perform daily activities those with injuries or cognitive challenges, by developing adaptive techniques. PT focuses on enhancing body movement, strength, balance, and coordination through personalized exercise programs and manual therapies. Despite these differences, OT and PT often collaborate, particularly in cases of injury recovery, to maximize overall function and independence, providing complementary and comprehensive care tailored to each patient's needs.

Types of Physical Therapy

Trigger Point Dry Needling

This innovative technique involves the use of thin needles to target and stimulate trigger points within muscles that are causing pain and stiffness. It's a part of a comprehensive treatment plan that significantly improves pain management and reduces muscle tension, making it a valuable option for patients suffering from both acute and chronic conditions.

Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

With millions diagnosed with arthritis each year, Highbar Physical Therapy has developed programs tailored to alleviate pain and manage symptoms in the long term. Utilizing a blend of hands-on therapy, specialized equipment like the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill, and aquatic therapy, and incorporating lifestyle medicine concepts, these programs aim to restore movement without pain and improve the quality of life for individuals with arthritis.


Pediatric physical therapy is dedicated to assisting children in overcoming injuries, achieving developmental milestones, and living an active life. Highbar Physical Therapy’s approach includes evidence-based practice, one-on-one care, and communication with a child’s medical team, all within a fun and engaging environment tailored to each child's needs.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy offers a unique, low-impact treatment option in a water-based environment. The resistance of the water helps increase strength, while its warmth provides therapeutic benefits to reduce irritation, swelling, and pain. It's an excellent choice for patients needing and an alternative or an adjunct to land based physical therapy. Highbar Physical Therapy has its very own Hydroworx pool located in the Pawtucket location.

Pelvic Health Dysfunction

Focusing on the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, this service addresses conditions such as pelvic pain, incontinence, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Highbar Physical Therapy provides compassionate and evidence-based treatment options, recognizing the sensitivity of these conditions and aiming to improve patients' overall pelvic health.

Each of these services at Highbar Physical Therapy is designed with the patient's specific needs in mind, ensuring a personalized approach to therapy and rehabilitation. From athletes to children, and those dealing with chronic pain or specific health conditions, Highbar Physical Therapy’s wide range of services cater to a diverse patient population, aiming to enhance their health and quality of life.

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How much does Physical Therapy cost?

For those without insurance or if your insurance doesn't cover the full cost, you'll need to pay out-of-pocket. The average cost of a physical therapy session can range from $85 to $150, depending on whether you are being seen for an evaluation or a follow up.

To manage physical therapy costs, consider these strategies: Verify your insurance coverage to understand what portions are covered, including copays, deductibles, and session limits. Utilize pre-tax dollars through Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to reduce out-of-pocket expenses. Address issues early to potentially reduce the number of sessions needed. Prioritize essential treatments by working with your therapist to focus on the most critical aspects of your plan. Investing in physical therapy can be a cost-effective way to manage or prevent more severe health issues over time. Discuss options with your healthcare provider and insurance company to find the most affordable solution.

What to wear to Physical Therapy?

When attending physical therapy sessions, it's preferable that you wear comfortable and functional clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Here are some recommendations:

  1. Loose-Fitting Tops and Bottoms: Choose tops and bottoms made of breathable, stretchy fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking materials. Avoid restrictive clothing that may limit your movements or cause discomfort during exercises.
  2. Appropriate Footwear: Wear well-fitting, closed-toe shoes with good traction and arch support. Sneakers or athletic shoes are ideal for most physical therapy sessions. Avoid slippers, sandals, or high heels, as they may compromise your balance and stability.
  3. Layered Clothing: Opt for layered clothing that you can easily remove or add as needed. Physical therapy sessions may involve varying levels of activity, and layering allows you to adjust your comfort level.
  4. Remember, the primary goal is to wear clothing that allows you to move freely and comfortably during your physical therapy sessions. Your therapist may provide additional guidance based on your specific condition and treatment plan.
  5. Avoid Jewelry or Accessories: Remove any loose jewelry, watches, or accessories that could get caught or cause discomfort during exercises.
  6. Bring a Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle to your physical therapy sessions.
  7. Dress for the Specific Treatment Area: If you're receiving treatment for a specific body part, wear clothing that allows easy access to that area. For example, wear shorts or loose-fitting pants if you're receiving treatment for a knee or leg injury.

Remember, the primary goal is to wear clothing that allows you to move freely and comfortably during your physical therapy sessions. Your therapist may provide additional guidance based on your specific condition and treatment plan.

Does Highbar provide in-clinic and telehealth physical therapy options?

Yes, Highbar Physical Therapy offers both in-clinic and telehealth physical therapy options to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Whether you prefer the hands-on approach of in-clinic sessions or the convenience and flexibility of telehealth from the comfort of your home, our expert team is equipped to provide top-tier care. Our goal is to ensure that every patient receives personalized treatment that aligns with their lifestyle and recovery goals, making therapy accessible and effective for all.

How often do I need to go to physical therapy?

The frequency of physical therapy sessions varies based on the individual's condition, the severity of their injury or illness, and their overall goals for rehabilitation. The  physical therapist will recommend a frequency ranging from one to even three times a week. However, thie plan can be adjusted to align with the patients goals and availability.  For acute conditions or after surgery, more frequent visits may be necessary initially. As progress is made, the frequency might decrease. Additionally, care can be a combination of in-person and via telehealth. It's essential to follow the personalized treatment plan provided by your physical therapist to achieve the best outcomes.

When is it appropriate to conclude physical therapy?

The duration of physical therapy should continue until the patients goals are achieved or until both the patient and therapist agree that the goals need to be re-assessed due to the severity of the condition. Generally, soft tissue healing can require around 6 to 8 weeks, which often sets the initial timeline for a course of physical therapy. However, every person and condition is different, therefore its important to have an evaluation to understand the recommendations for a course of care.

What are the benefits of undergoing physical therapy?

Physical therapy offers a myriad of benefits, which may include:

  • Pain Management: Effective control and reduction of pain.
  • Reduced Dependency on Medications: Minimizing the need for prescription drugs.
  • Surgery Avoidance: Potentially eliminating the need for surgical interventions.
  • Improved Mobility and Movement: Enhancing the ability to move freely and live fully.
  • Injury Recovery and Prevention: Aiding in the recovery from injuries and preventing potential injuries.
  • Recovery from Neurological Issues: Assisting in the recovery from stroke or paralysis.
  • Fall Prevention: Implementing strategies to reduce the risk of falls.
  • Management of Age-Related Issues: Addressing health concerns associated with aging.
  • Reducing the Risk of Chronic Diseases. By increasing mobility, the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, anxiety and dementia. 

What are the primary objectives of physical therapy treatment plans?

Physical therapy aims to achieve several key goals, including:

  • Pain Relief: Alleviating discomfort and pain. 
  • Enhanced Movement: Improving the ability to move and perform daily activities, leisure and sports.
  • Injury Prevention and Recovery: Helping prevent sports injuries or recover from them.
  • Disability Prevention: Averting the onset of disability or the need for surgery.
  • Rehabilitation: Assisting recovery from strokes, accidents, injuries, or surgeries.
  • Balance Improvement: Working on balance to prevent slips and falls.

What are the various categories of physical therapy?

Physical therapy can be classified into several specialized fields, each targeting specific needs and populations:

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy: Focuses on children and adolescents.
  • Neurological Physical Therapy: Aids individuals with neurological disorders or injuries.
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Manages and treats pain and dysfunction of the pelvic floor.
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy: Tailored to older adults to improve mobility and manage age-related conditions.
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: Helps patients dealing with dizziness and/or balance problems.
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Treats musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Aimed at helping patients with heart and lung conditions.

Tell me more about what a physical therapy treatment looks like.

A full and complete recovery process can only happen when looking at all aspects of a patient’s health and wellness. Physical therapists are trained to understand how many other areas of a patient’s life, like sleep, nutrition, and stress levels can all work together to impact their recovery. Just as no two patients are exactly the same, no two physical therapy care plans will look identical! At Highbar, that’s how physical therapy works. We use several treatment types and modalities to help every patient meet their movement or function goals.

What makes Highbar different than other physical therapy clinics?

Highbar is revolutionizing the physical therapy industry and changing people’s lives. We bring together the science of musculoskeletal health with the art of individualized care, consistently delivering life-changing outcomes for our patients. We develop leading-edge physical therapists who are constantly challenging themselves and their patients to reach new goals. We have the highest number of board-certified clinicians in New England, our patient experience is unmatched, and the care we provide is personalized and individualized. At Highbar, we empower people to feel better, move freely, and live fully.

Do you need a referral to see a physical therapist?

No, you do not need a referral for physical therapy! Check with your health insurance plan to confirm whether you need a referral for subsequent visits to physical therapy.


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