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What is physical therapy?
What does a physical therapist do?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain, improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.”

The goals of physical therapy are to make daily tasks and activities easier and to help recover after surgery. Following an evaluation and screening, physical therapy may include balance exercises, coordination training, exercises, manual therapy and mobilization. Vita’s physical therapists will help you reach your goals for better movement and function.

What is occupational therapy?
What does an occupational therapist do?

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, “Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.”

Vita’s occupational therapists help you regain function, make accommodations for deficits you may be experiencing, and reduce excessive disability. Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of your home and other environments (school or work), recommendations for adaptive equipment, training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.

Why should I choose therapy at Vita?

Vita offers the most comprehensive therapy programs in the Milwaukee Metro Area. Therapists will work one-on-one with patients every session to design and implement customized programs to meet the needs of each patient.

Vita offers a unique, upscale, medically oriented gym in the Historic Third Ward . If you are considering making a lifestyle change, The Vita team will support you in your journey.

We are open six days a week with extended hours for our clients convenience.

Vita clinicians are fully licensed and use the latest in science-based practice. Combining their clinical backgrounds with their strength and conditioning skill-set, our therapists are ready to help you get better today!

Who will benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists help people of all ages improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments, they can help with the following conditions:

• Upper body orthopedic injury/surgery
• Lymphedema
• Urinary incontinence
• Dementia care
• Wheelchair positioning and management
• Ergonomics
• Functional ADL training

What type of results can I expect with therapy?

Patients should expect improvement in function and reduction of pain. Every patient’s results vary. However, with therapy you should expect a personalized plan of care to reach your goals. Patient satisfaction statistics collected by Vita indicate that the majority of patients surveyed have rated their overall experience as “outstanding.” 88% of discharged patients indicated that their condition had improved or greatly improved.

What should I bring and wear to a therapy session?

It is important to wear loose fitting clothes that will allow the therapist to access the body part being treated. Restrictive clothing will limit the ability to fully assess the problem. Shorts and a loose fitting shirt or tank top work well. Please refer to our “Getting Ready for your Evaluation” file to know what to expect and bring for your first therapy session.

What is the education for a physical therapist?

All physical therapists now complete a three-year post-graduate program, earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. All clinicians are required to pass a state licensure exam and are required to take continuing education classes annually in order to maintain licensure.

Physical therapists at Vita are in the process of earning a Board Clinical Specialty in Orthopedics.

What is the education for an occupational therapist?

All occupational therapists now enter the occupation with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Master’s programs are between two and three years. All clinicians are required to pass a state licensure exam and are required to take continuing education classes annually in order to maintain licensure.

Occupational therapists at Vita are board certified

How do I make an appointment with a Vita physical therapist

Simply give us a call. Wisconsin is a direct access state, which means a prescription is not required for physical therapy. You can start the journey to recovery directly with physical therapy. Some health insurance companies, however, do require a prescription to be eligible for coverage. If you are curious whether your insurance company requires a prescription, please call us and we will check for you.

How do I make an appointment with a Vita occupational therapist?

Occupational therapy requires a medical doctor referral in the state of Wisconsin. You will need to see your physician and request a referral or prescription for occupational therapy.

Will my insurance cover therapy?
How much therapy can I receive?

Vita accepts most major insurance plans. Please refer to the Insurance Providers section under Physical Therapy or call Vita to verify if your insurance is in-network. The restrictions and cost of therapy vary by insurance plan. Some insurance plans specify the goals, number of visits, and/or treatments allowed in physical therapy.

What does ‘medical necessity’ mean and how will this affect my therapy?

Each insurance provider may have their own interpretation and definition of what justifies medical necessity, but some common requirements exist. The designated treatment must require the skilled intervention of a licensed therapist, meaning patients could not accomplish the treatment on their own. Other common requirements are identified functional limitations, reasonable expectations of improvement, and documented progress toward goals.

What happens when my insurance benefits run out?

Each insurance provider sets a limit for the number of covered therapy visits allowed within a year. Once a patient has exhausted all of their covered visits, patients may continue treatment by using our self-pay option.

Will my therapist communicate with my doctor?

Yes, your therapist will communicate with physicians to better serve your needs and to effectively coordinate your care. Please tell your therapist prior to returning to your physician and we will send a progress note in advance of your follow-up appointment.

How often do I come in for therapy and how long are the appointments?

The initial evaluation usually takes an hour. Subsequent appointments are generally between 40 and 60 minutes. How often you come to Vita for therapy depends on your diagnosis and goals. Your therapist will make a recommendation and work with your schedule so you get the most from your therapy experience.