Reduce Throwing Injuries in Youth Baseball/Softball

It’s baseball/softball season and it is important to keep our young athletes healthy, on the field, and out of our office. Please take a moment and check the link below on 10 great tips, supported by research, on how to keep your throwing athlete healthy and avoiding unnecessary surgery or rehabilitation. I promise you it will be worth your time!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for a consultation.

Do I Need a Referral to Get Physical Therapy?

In 2015 direct access to a physical therapist became possible in Michigan. Direct access means that a person does not need a referral from their primary care physician to get physical therapy. Michigan law dictates that a person may be seen without a referral for 10 visits or 21 days, whichever comes first. If the patient still needs physical therapy after this time period a referral is required to continue care. Whether you have a referral or not, Owens Physical Therapy sends a detailed note to your physician letting them that you are seeing a physical therapist and how the issue will be addressed. As long as the physician signs this document, it may be substituted for a referral.

Unfortunately, in Michigan not every health insurance company has agreed to pay for physical therapy services provided without a referral. Some insurance companies still require a referral for payment, despite the direct access provided for in the law. We continue to advocate for more insurance companies to follow the lead and allow direct access to a physical therapist. Not requiring a referral makes it easier and faster to get the physical therapy care you need, especially for immediate, acute injuries. Your physical therapist has been trained to determine whether your problem is treatable with physical therapy or whether a visit to the physician is more appropriate. If you have more specific questions about your insurance and referral requirements, do not hesitate to ask!

You Have A Choice!

Did you know that you can choose where to get physical therapy?  Your doctor may give you a list of recommendations for physical therapy or may even write on your physical therapy prescription where to go. But, you can do your research and tell your doctor what clinic you want. Ultimately, you are legally permitted to choose where you want to go for physical therapy. You can take your prescription anywhere. Owens Physical Therapy can take any prescription even if another clinic is written on it.

Not all physical therapy clinics are the same and the type of care you receive can vary between clinics. That is why it is important to think about where you want to go for physical therapy. Here are some things to look for in a physical therapy clinic to receive the best possible care:

  • One on one care – You deserve to have one on one attention during your physical therapy appointment to be sure you are getting better as quickly as possible.
  • Care by an actual physical therapist – At some clinics you may see a physical therapist only at the first and last appointment and see an assistant the rest of the time. You deserve to get the care you pay for.
  • Hands-on care –Exercise is an important part of physical therapy treatment and recovery from an injury, but hands-on treatment plays an important role as well. Being able to receive both of these services by an experienced physical therapist can help you heal faster.
  • Value –Insurance deductibles have risen, causing consumers to have to pay more out of pocket for services, such as physical therapy, until the deductible is met. Out of pocket costs vary from physical therapy clinic to clinic, especially when comparing a hospital based clinic to a private practice. Private practice is often more cost-effective. It pays to call around, just like you would when comparing services for your car or home.

As you could guess from the content of this blog post, Owens Physical Therapy can provide you with what you deserve –one on one care, care by a licensed physical therapist, hands-on care, and the good value that is found at a private practice. Email us or give us a call if you have questions about what we can offer.

Motown The Musical

Jim and Melissa had the honor of treating some of the finest talent that Broadway, New York City, has to offer this past week with Motown The Musical! The performers are amazing athletes pushing their bodies to the limit! We are grateful they chose Owens Physical Therapy Specialists for their healthcare needs to keep them on stage for their 8 month tour.

High School Soccer 10 Year Injury Study

Another great study that discusses injury rates of soccer players. Many of the non-contact injuries could be prevented by having one of our therapists perform a thorough evaluation to assess areas of the body that may need attention. Our therapists will put together a tailored treatment plan for your athlete to keep them on the field.

Running Doesn’t Hurt Your Knees!

Here is a great article from Runners World showing new evidence on how running isn’t harmful to your knees, but very helpful.  Check the link below.