What is physical therapy?

It is often called “hands on healing”. It is the conservative side of medicine that encompasses a full body approach to ones ailment. Generally, the field uses the persons own resources through techniques and modalities to restore a person to his/her optimal health.

What are modalities?

Modalities are treatment techniques used by physical therapists to aid in a persons recovery. They include moist heat, massage, joint mobilization, stretching, myofascial release, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, iontophoresis, cryotherapy and therapeutic exercise. All are explained by the therapist before one is treated.

What do I need to make an appointment?

In Pennsylvania, one no longer needs a physicians referral. Insurance covers most physical therapy, but each plan is unique and some require prior approval.

Do I always see the same therapist?

At Fortaleza Physical Therapy, one will always see the therapist they start with. Unusual circumstances include scheduling difficulties or special diagnoses. Also, in the aquatic therapy environment, therapists may vary from session to session.

How long does each session last?

Generally, your initial visit will last over one hour where the therapist will explain your condition, provide treatment and give home instructions. Following visits may last from 1 to 3 hours depending on the persons injury and level of activity.

 How frequently do I come?

Most prescriptions are 2-3 times weekly, but this may vary upon your condition.

I’ve heard the treatment is painful. Is this true?

Contrary to popular belief, most of physical therapy feels good. Massage, heat and soft tissue work are all pain free. The reputation comes from physical therapist trying to push the body to its limits in order to get 100% recovery. Rest assured that the physical therapist will work well within your tolerance.

Do you take workmans compensation and no-fault?

Yes, we do.

What activities do I perform?

Depending upon your condition, one usually takes part in some type of therapeutic exercise. At Fortaleza, we are firm believers in conditioning and that exercise plays a vital role in your recovery. Physical therapy is unique in the fact that treatment is not all passive; meaning one takes an active role in their recovery.

What do I wear?

Most people come in sweats or gym apparels. We ask that you wear something comfortable and you are able to expose the area that we are to be working on. For example please wear shorts if there is a knee condition or a tank top if there is shoulder trouble.