Frequently Asked Questions Asked by Our Patients
1. What makes ADI Rehab, Inc. different from other clinics in the Los Angeles area?
- At ADI REHAB, you will be treated by a dedicated therapist for every treatment. This helps with continuity of treatment and gives the patient more time with the person that knows best how to treat their condition and reach their functional goals. All the licensed physical therapists at ADI Rehab, Inc. have at least 10 years or more of experience. Each patient can be assured that they are a highly-experienced physical therapist.
2. Do you take my health insurance? What kind of insurances do you accept?
- We proudly belong to the following networks listed below: UCLA MANAGED CARE (HMO) NETWORK, MultiPlan Network, & MEDICARE. We Also Welcome "OUT OF NETWORK" Contracts (Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of CA, AETNA, United, Cigna, Writers Guild, SAG, Directors Guild and AFTRA). If your insurance company is not listed, please let us know, and we will do our best to work with you.
3. How much is my out of pocket expense?
This all depends on each individual's insurance plan. Unfortunately every insurance and plan vary. However, we can check your insurance benefits and let you know what your average copay or co-insurance responsibility will be. If you don't have insurance, request to speak to the office manager about non-insurance rates.
4. What are your hours of operation?
Westwood Office: 7 am to 8 pm, Monday-Friday
5. Is my therapist going to be experienced? Did they get a college degree?
A physical therapist, prior to practice, must have attended an accredited physical therapy program by the American Physical Therapy Association, passed the National Physical Therapy Board Examination and have completed the State of California Law Examination. Our physical therapists hold varying levels of education such as Masters, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and Fellowship Training. All of our staff are licensed physical therapists by the Physical Therapy Board of California and have completed the required national exam.
6. What happens in a typical physical therapy session?
The physical therapist will examine you on each session and determine the course of treatment for that session. Depending on the condition and stage of healing, the treatment may consist of skilled manual therapy (hands-on), an exercise progression program to restore the body's muscle strength and improve flexibility, and educate on proper body mechanics related to your condition. There are also pain relieving treatments that can be used with modalities such as ultrasound, infrared laser treatment, kinesiotaping, taping, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis and both hot/cold therapy.
7. What is physical therapy?
Physical therapists are allied health care providers that examine patients and develop treatment plans to improve movement, reduce pain and symptoms, restore function and prevent disability.They diagnose and manage movement dysfunction, enhancing physical and functional abilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries. Physical therapy restores, maintains, and promotes optimal physical function, wellness, and fitness.
8. What can I expect when I come to ADI Rehab, Inc. for physical therapy?
What you can expect at ADI Rehab, Inc., is highly personalized care with 1 on 1 attention from your physical therapist. Your dedicated physical therapist will help you every step of the way to make sure you achieve your goals.
9. How long will I need to keep coming before my injury is healed?
Each patient is treated as a unique individual including their condition. Once you are evaluated by your physical therapist, the therapist can give you a better idea of how long they expect you'll need treatment.
10. When will I be able to return playing sports?
Your therapist will perform functional tests and determine when it is appropriate for you to return to the sport. Every condition is unique with different stages of injury and healing time.
11. What types of conditions do you treat?
- We treat conditions both of the spine and extremities.Common conditions include low back and cervical sprain/strains, spinal herniated discs, scoliosis, ergonomic injuries, posture imbalances, cervical whiplash, all types of sports injuries, foot and ankle injuries, patellofemoral pain syndrome, balance and neurologic conditions to name a few. All age ranges are welcomed. Both sedentary and active individuals will receive a customized treatment plan to fit their level of fitness and medical condition.
12. What types of treatments do you offer?
- Rehabilitation programs for orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, training, pilates, pain management, spinal stabilization, ergonomic evaluations, manual therapy (hands-on), taping, and different types of modalities (i.e. electrical stimulation, sympathetic therapeutic stimulation, ultrasound, iontophoresis, infrared laser treatment, hot/cold therapy).
13. When should I apply heat or cold to my injury?
Cold therapy (i.e. ice pack) is applied during situations where the tissues are showing signs of inflammation. The affected area may be tender to the touch, redness present, edema, significant pain, increased skin temperature, and difficulty performing painful movements.
Heat is applied when the affected area is not exhibiting signs of inflammation mentioned previously. When the affected area is not painful to the touch, no swelling present, any redness or increased skin temperature, and movements are not painful; heat can be applied to improve blood circulation.
14. Do I need to see a physician before I can receive physical therapy?
Patients using their health insurance are required to have a signed prescription for physical therapy by doctors including medical doctors (MD), doctors of chiropractic (DC) and doctors of osteopathy (DO). Medicare does not accept a chiropractors prescription for physical therapy, but only MD or DO prescriptions. Physical Therapists design the plan of care for the patient that the doctor later approves. California state law requires that patients who wish to pay cash for physical therapy need a diagnosis made by a doctor before they can start physical therapy.
15. What should I bring to my first physical therapy session?
- Bring your physical therapy prescription, ID, insurance card, gym shoes, comfortable exercise clothes, and copay or co-insurance.
16. What should I wear to my physical therapy sessions?
- Wear clothes you can exercise in that also allows your physical therapist to easily access the injured body part.
17. What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physical therapist?
- Chiropractors are doctors whose primary focus is on the functioning of the spinal column. They are highly trained in examination and diagnosis of all body parts and systems and specialize in joint manipulations, which is a specific grade of a mobilization.Physical therapists are providers that treat both the spine and extremities through a supervised exercise program, manual treatment (i.e. mobilizations, massage, neuromuscular techniques, etc.), and modalities used to control pain.
18. What do the acronyms (PT, OT, OCS, CHT, CFT, LMT, etc) stand for?
The acronyms behind the names of our professionals are the degree and/or certifications that each individual has.Below is a small key to identify the qualifications of each individual.
PT – Physical Therapist
RPT – Registered Physical Therapist
DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
MPT – Master of Physical Therapy
OCS – Certified Orthopedic Specialist
CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
CFT – Certified Fitness Trainer
ATC – Certified Athletic Trainer
NSCA - CPT – National Strength and Conditioning Association
CMP – Certified Mulligan Practitioner
PTA – Physical Therapy Assistant
LMT – Licensed Massage Therapist
CHT – Certified Hand Therapist
COTA – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
OT – Occupational Therapist
OTR – Occupational Therapist, Registered
OTR/L – Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed