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The more you know about physical therapy, the better equipped you will be to take the next steps toward rehabilitation. At Vista Rehab Partners, we believe in empowering our patients through education, support and answers to your questions — so that you’ll be better prepared to meet your goals. Our physical therapists take a hands-on approach to physical therapy, and you’re welcome to contact us directly with any questions or concerns you may have — even after you have been discharged from our clinics. Want to know more about our Dallas physical therapy centers? Click any question below to read the answer. You may also wish to browse our Helpful Resources for even more information about physical therapy.


 

What do I need to bring to my first visit?

For your first visit to a Vista Rehab Partners Clinic, be sure to bring the following items:

• Prescription for physical therapy from your referring physician
• Government issued, photo ID (such as a driver’s license)
• Insurance card(s)
• Appropriate attire (workout clothes and shoes)
• Patient forms, which can be downloaded from this site in PDF format. Print and fill out the forms completely at your convenience, and bring them to your first office visit.
• Patients who are minors (under eighteen years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their first visit.

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What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy (PT) is a specialized area of health care that helps patients return to maximum physical function following injury, surgery or disease. Physical therapy is practiced by professionally educated and clinically licensed physical therapists, under the referral of a physician. Your physical therapist will use physical therapeutic means (such as hands-on therapy, customized exercise programs, stretching, heat, ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation) instead of medical, surgical, or radiologic measures, to help you return to your maximum physical function.
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Do your physical therapists specialize in certain areas of treatment?

All of our therapists specialize in treating orthopedic (muscular and/or joint related) injuries and disabilities. Many of our clinics also specialize in sports physical therapy, including sport-specific training for baseball, running, football, and other sports.
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Do I need to see a doctor first?

Yes. As physical therapists in the state of Texas, we are required to have a prescription from your physician in order to treat you.
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What should I wear to physical therapy?

Please wear or bring comfortable athletic/workout clothing (shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes). Your attire should also allow you to easily access your injured area for treatment by your physical therapist.
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What should I expect to happen on my first visit?

During your first visit, your physical therapist will perform a thorough initial examination, in which he or she will review your physician’s recommendations, examine the problem area, ask you questions about your injury, develop an effective treatment plan for rehabilitation, discuss his or her findings with you, and answer any questions you may have. Your treatment plan will depend upon your diagnosis, and will be customized for you. Your treatment may include hands-on therapy, a customized exercise program, stretching, and physical agents such as heat, ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Your physical therapist may also recommend a home program to further assist in your treatment.
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How long will my appointment take?

Your first appointment will typically last from 45 minutes to an hour or possibly an hour and a half, depending on your injury. Subsequent appointments usually take between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on the treatment. Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to the start of your appointment for check-in and paperwork. You may also download our patient forms, which you can fill out beforehand and bring with you to your appointment.
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How often will I need to come?

The frequency of your treatment will depend upon your physician’s prescription and the plan of care developed by your physical therapist. Most patients require treatment two to three times per week. The duration of your treatment will depend upon your injury and your personal progress. Your physical therapist will discuss this with you following your initial exam, and subsequently as you progress.
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Will I need to schedule appointments in advance?

Yes, you will be required to schedule your appointments in advance. We schedule all visits by appointment only, on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are unable to attend an appointment, we appreciate at least 24 hours’ notice. However, we do understand that an occasional emergency or illness may arise, in which case you may have to cancel your appointment closer to your scheduled time.

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Who is responsible for payment of my treatment sessions?

Payment for each treatment is due at the time of service, and it is the patient’s responsibility to cover the cost of treatment. We do accept insurance. More information about insurance.

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What credentials do your physical therapists have?

All of our therapists are highly trained professionals. All physical therapists are graduates from accredited, university-level physical therapy programs, have passed the National Physical Therapist Examination, and are licensed by the State Board of Physical Therapy. Physical therapists are also required by the State Board to maintain and increase their level of education through continuing education courses.
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Who will treat my injury?

All patients will be seen by a licensed physical therapist. To determine which physical therapist will be treating you, contact the clinic with whom you’re scheduling your appointment.
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Where can I find patient forms to fill out ahead of time?

You may fill out our New Patient Form online.
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What are the clinic hours and days of operation?

Patients seeking rehabilitation in Dallas may choose from eight Vista Rehab Partners locations throughout the Metroplex. Clinic hours and days of operation vary by location — please visit our Physical Therapy Clinics page and select your clinic to determine hours and days of operation. Many of our clinics are open before and after normal office hours, to accommodate patients’ schedules.
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How often do I have to come to therapy?

Your physical therapist will determine your treatment plan, and the frequency of your rehabilitation sessions, depending on your injury, recovery goals, and physician recommendations.

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How much experience does my therapist have with my particular diagnosis?

Vista Rehab Partners employs only highly qualified, licensed physical therapists. Our physical therapists have an average of ten years’ experience. With eight partner clinics, you have access to physical therapists with a broad range of specializations. Experience with particular diagnoses will vary from one physical therapist to another. To learn more about the experience and key areas of expertise of each of our therapists, go to the “Professional Staff” page, located in each clinic’s “About Us” section.