What is physical therapy?

Physical Therapy is the process of recovering and improving movement, strength, range of motion and relieving pain.  This is done by supporting and strengthening specific areas of the body, which have been limited by injury, illness, or surgery.  The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to return the patient/client to their highest possible level of function so he or she can get back to living life – without the pain or restriction they had before.

What can physical therapy do for me?

The expertise of a physical therapist can help in many ways. Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help effectively prevent and treat a variety of injuries and chronic conditions. Your therapist will educate you about your condition and teach you how to manage and overcome it. Your physical therapist will prescribe exercises that are specific to the nature and severity of your condition. This will help to restore your strength, mobility and relieve pain. Your therapist can help you move forward with your life!

When is the best time to start physical therapy?

The best time to see a therapist is soon after the injury.  Sometimes there needs to be a period of rest but your physical therapist can help you know when it’s time to start moving and exercising again.  A delay in treatment can result in a longer recovery time due to tissues becoming tighter, muscles that are weaker, and the rest of your body compensating incorrectly for the injured area.  If in doubt, you can call to set up a free consultation to see what a physical therapist can do for you to speed up your recovery.

Why was I referred to physical therapy?

You were referred to physical therapy because you need the expertise that only a physical therapist can offer. Whether you are dealing with a new injury, recovering from surgery, or dealing with chronic pain physical therapy can help.  Physical therapists are experts in treating these types of disorders.  We also offer a variety of other services to help you reach your wellness and fitness goals as well as prevent future injury and pain.

Do I need a referral for physical therapy?

No.  A referral is not needed to see a physical therapist for the initial visit.  Sometimes insurance companies will require a referral from a doctor though before they will reimburse costs for any additional visits.  Please contact your insurance company for additional information.

How long will I need physical therapy?

During the first visit, your therapist will discuss the history of your condition and perform a detailed examination. With this information, your physical therapist will recommend how long you will be treated for in order to reach your goals. You may need one visit or you may need several months of treatment depending upon your condition.  The body does not change overnight and my need a number of weeks to stretch, strengthen, and retrain.  Working as a team, you and your physical therapist will work together to get you back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

Who will work with me when I come to therapy?

At Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Salt Lake City, the process of physical therapy involves working one on one with a physical therapist (also known as a PT) during your appointment.  This goes against the widely accepted industry practice of seeing a PT for the first appointment only, or for the first 5-10 minutes and then the patient works with a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), aide, or technician, for the remainder of their visit. A physical therapist is highly trained and specialized to diagnose and treat mobility problems using the best industry techniques. That is why you will only work with a physical therapist when receiving care at Fast Track.

What is my responsibility in physical therapy?

The Fast Track team is committed to providing an exceptional experience for your recovery.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you receive the best possible care.  In order for you to get the most out of your physical therapy experience, please arrive on time and be prepared to work hard.  As you apply what you learn in therapy and practice what your assigned exercises you will have the best chance to recover as quickly as possible.  

What should I expect from physical therapy at Fast Track?

The first day your therapist will perform a detailed evaluation and discuss with you the initial plan of care for your specific injury.  During the evaluation your therapist will assess various aspects of your physical condition such as muscle strength, flexibility, joint mobility, balance, endurance, posture, and movement coordination.  Working together with you, goals will be made and progress re-evaluated consistently throughout the rehab process.  The treatments will vary by individual, but will most often include exercise, hot/cold therapy, manual therapies performed by the physical therapist, and other techniques or therapies your PT feels would be beneficial. Manual therapy, or hands-on techniques to mobilize tissue and joints is an essential part to allow for a speedier, more complete recovery.  You can also expect your therapist to prescribe a personalized exercise regime to be done in the clinic and at home.
The Physical Therapist will also communicate with your doctor or your primary health care professional, so that you not only receive the best care while you are at Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, but the next time you go to see your primary health provider, he/she will be well informed of your care in Physical Therapy.

If I’m not sure I need therapy, can I come just speak with someone?

If you are unsure a Physical Therapist can help, Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine offers a free Physical Therapy assessment in Salt Lake City.  When you come in for your free consultation, you can discuss your condition with a therapist to determine whether your injury can be treated through physical therapy.  If your condition requires the help of another health care practitioner, your therapist will help you find the medical expertise that you need.

What kind of treatments or services do you offer at Fast Track?

The Physical Therapists at Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Utah have advanced and specialized education in their field of practice allowing us to offer you a variety of effective treatments and services.  One of these certifications is ASTYM-an advanced certification after normal physical therapy education is finished that emphasizes correct movement and tissue alignment. It is the preferred technique for many tendon injuries such as tendinitis, tendinosis, and tendinopathies. The technique is also used to treat:

  •   Plantar Fasciitis
  •   Shin splints
  •   Golfer’s Elbow, or medial epicondylitis
  •   Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis
  •   Carpal Tunnel
  •   Other chronic pain injuries

Having certifications like ASTYM and advanced education are only one of the reasons that the Physical Therapists at Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine of Utah provide better care and benefit to patients, while treating them for their entire appointment. All of the Physical Therapists at Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine have achieved their Doctoral level of education.  For a full list of services we offer please refer to our Services page.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor to see you?

A prescription is not required to see a physical therapist in the state of Utah.  Appointments can be made anytime.  Under the Direct Access law, a physical therapist can evaluate and treat you without the need to see a doctor first.  Your therapist will perform an  examination and tell you if physical therapy is right for you.  If you do need to see a doctor, we will help you find the medical care you need.

How long is a treatment session?

On average each treatment session lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, sometimes a little more or less depending upon the individual needs of the patient .  We believe on giving each patient the individual care that they need and will tailor each treatment session to your specific condition.

Who pays for the treatment?

Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine takes almost all forms of insurance; however, in the unlikely instance we are not a preferred provider for your insurance company, or if you simply do not have insurance, then Fast Track Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is also willing to work out a private payment agreement or cash based services. We are committed to working with our patients to deliver the best treatment available, regardless of your insurance situation.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Please bring your ID card,Insurance card, prescription or surgery notes from your doctor.  Also the Patient Information Packet needs to be printed off and completed before your appointment. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can exercise in and allows us to expose the body part we are examining. It is best if you bring shorts if we are looking at your back or any joint below the back.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your first scheduled appointment in order to process your paperwork and begin your session with the therapist on time.

Will I have to do anything at home?

Yes!  Our goal is to teach you how to manage your condition at home as well as give you the tools to prevent future injury.  The most important piece to your recovery is what you do at home.

What do I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that you can exercise in and allows us to expose the body part we are examining. It is best if you bring shorts if we are looking at your back or any joint below the back.

Will it hurt?

Patients often worry that physical therapy will be painful, and therefore delay or avoid the therapy sessions, which can make their injury and pain ultimately worse. We will do everything we can to make this process as painless as possible.  At times you may feel soreness from exercise which is a good indication that your muscles are responding well to treatment.

What is a co-pay?

Some insurance contracts require you to pay a certain amount each visit. This amount is called a co-pay. Co-pay amounts can vary depending on your individual policy. Co-pays are expected to be paid on your arrival each visit.  If you have any questions regarding your co-pay or other aspects of your insurance please contact our front office for assistance.

What is a deductible?

The deductible is the amount you are required to pay before your insurance begins payment. In most cases, when you see practitioners that are “in network”, there is no deductible. Deductibles vary depending on your individual policy. You should check with your insurance company to determine your individual plan coverage. If you have a deductible and have not met it, payment is expected each visit until your deductible is met.

Are you in my network?

We are in network with most insurances.  Please refer to our Patient Information page for more detailed information. 

How do I schedule an appointment?

Feel free to call us anytime at 801-649-4690 to set up an appointment.  You can also reach us through email or fax.

What is co-insurance?

Your responsibility (at the time of service) as determined by certain health insurance plans. Typically a percentage of the charge allowed by your insurance plan (i.e. 10%, 20%).  Please contact your insurance about your specific plan or call to speak with our front office manager.