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frequently asked questions

Q.  Do I need to see a doctor before I can receive physical therapy?

Not necessarily.  As of 2015, Michigan is a "direct access" state, meaning patients can see a physical therapist without first seeing a physician.  However, some patients will need to obtain a physician's prescription for physical therapy as a requirement under their health insurance contract.

Q.  What can I expect on my first session?

Clients should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their first appointment to complete registration paperwork.  The evaluation by the Physical Therapist will last approximately one hour and will include a review of medical history, a postural analysis, and tests for mobility and strength. The therapist will then review their findings and discuss a plan of care.  In most cases, clients will be issued some home exercises to help start the recovery process.  Clients should wear comfortable clothing that allows for unrestricted movement during the evaluation.

Q.  Do you need to see my X-Rays or MRI?

Clients do not have to bring their X-Rays or MRI to the initial evaluation.  However, if there are any written reports regarding these imaging studies, those can be very helpful. 

Q.  How many sessions of physical therapy will I need?

This will vary for each client.  Some clients will need only education on a current condition, then maybe 1 or 2 follow up treatments.  Other clients with more chronic conditions or physical stress may require more consistent care for several weeks. 

Q.  How long will a typical session last?

Most physical therapy appointments at Motion Arts will last about one hour.  Some clients may find their sessions last a bit longer, particularly those with acute or post-operative injuries, as these clients may need a cool-down period to control any inflammation. 

Q.  Do you take my insurance?

Please visit our Insurance Page for more information on this topic.  Motion Arts is an out-of-network provider with all insurance plans.  For patients who do not have out-of-network benefits on their insurance policy, our office offers an administrative discount from our regular rates.