COVID-19 Update

Watchung Hills PT is Up and Running but we are staying careful and wise.

Watchung Hills PT is officially back up and running with our staff healthy and the entire office disinfected and cleaned. We're ready to return to what we do best: providing the best personalized treatment possible to get our patients back to their lives with less pain and improved strength.

In order to promote a safe environment, we will be following CDC guidelines for healthcare facilities. All staff and patients will wear face masks. In addition, we will be limiting the number of people allowed into our office in order to promote social distancing. There will be new patient check-in procedures. Patients will contact us upon their arrival and be escorted into a treatment area in order to avoid any waiting in a common area. We will be extending our hours in order to reduce the number of occupants at any one time. As always, we will remain diligent with our cleaning efforts.

We will be taking patient temperatures for at least several weeks. We ask that no one come to our clinics if they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue.

There is no better time than now to get active and feel better.

We hope to see you at the office soon.

The WHPT Team

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FAQs

Have any questions about physical therapy? Take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions to learn more about to process.

How do I make an appointment?
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Simply call our office at 908-251-5888 and speak to the receptionist. We will need to know a few things. What we are seeing you for? Is it a painful body part? Is it post surgical? Is it for several things? Is it for balance problems? Is it for home exercise instruction? Then, we will need to know the name of the referring physician (if any. See below). Then, we need to know the insurance coverage so that we may check on your benefits for you. Then, we will schedule your appointment(s).
What do I need to bring for my first appointment?
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You'll need the following:

A valid prescription for physical therapy from a doctor. There are exceptions to this(see below).

Insurance card(s).

You also need to wear loose fitting clothing so that we may access the involved body part(s).
Do I need a prescription from my Doctor to start P.T.?
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Legally, you are permitted to have physical therapy for 30 calendar days without a Doctors' prescription. However, a majority of insurance plans require a Doctor's order. With Medicare, you are allowed to have an initial visit without an MD order. However, an MD must authorize continued Physical therapy.
Does Insurance pay for P.T.?
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All Medicare plans
Horizon BC/BS
United Health Care
Cigna
Workers compensation
Most Auto plans

The amount of coverage is variable for each plan. Patients are responsible for deductibles, coinsurances and copays. We call your carrier to confirm coverage and we recommend that patients also call to double-check benefits. If your insurance company is not listed, WHPT can be your out-of-network provider. Just check your out-of-network benefits with your insurance company or call us and we will check for you. If you do not have physical therapy coverage, we will work with you on different payment options. Just call and ask about options.
What actually happens when I have my first visit?
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Your first P.T. session lasts about one hour. First, the therapist will conduct an interview to learn about you, your condition and your goals. Then, a physical exam will be conducted where we obtain objective information about your muscles and joints and soft tissue. After that, treatment will be initiated. This can include manual/hands on techniques, stretching, strengthening, modalities for pain relief, education and/or balance activities in standing depending upon what is needed. Home exercises are issued on paper along with photos.
How often do I need to attend?
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This depends on many factors. Post surgical cases often require three times per week. Some doctors order and prefer three times per week. Most of our patients attend twice per week. Some are only seen once per week. The therapist will discuss the plan with you.
Will I see a different therapist each time?
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No. We feel that physical therapy is most effective when a person works with the same therapist for each session. Therefore, with rare exceptions (vacations or illness), you will see the same therapist every time.
Is Physical Therapy painful?
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A large majority of the time, physical therapy is NOT painful. There may be soreness from exertion or unpleasant sensations such as pulling/stretching. However, P.T. treatments are designed to improve flexibility and strength in the least aggressive way possible. There are occasional problems that require more aggressive techniques that are uncomfortable but nothing is ever forced or pushed beyond tolerance.
I have arthritis. How can Physical Therapy help that?
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It is widely accepted that exercise helps arthritic joints. By stretching and strengthening everything around the joint, it helps prevent further deterioration and can improve the joint mobility. The key is to select appropriate exercises/techniques that are not overly aggressive. It is the job of the Physical Therapist to accomplish that goal.
What are your hours?
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We are open Monday-Friday. Our first patient is scheduled for 8:30am. We have evening hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are willing to open early and/or extend our schedule to accommodate those who have difficulty finding the time for Physical Therapy.
I've been losing my balance lately. Can Physical Therapy help with that?
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Yes. There has been a great deal of focus on balance over the past few years and it has been shown that specific exercise programs can improve a person's ability to walk. These exercise programs are usually a combination of stretching and strengthening. Some of the exercises are considered easy and basic while others are more challenging. But, the goal is the same: Improve a person's ability to walk on all surfaces with more confidence and less fear.
Why should I choose physical therapy for my pain?
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More than half of all Americans suffer from pain on a regular basis. There are a variety of ways to treat pain including medication, injections and surgery. These interventions are often risky. There are adverse side effects and possible infections and the results are often short lived. Physical therapy can be a better option for several reasons. First, it is safe. When done properly, it will not cause injury. Second, treatments are focused on the source of the pain. If normal motion is restored to the injured region, the body will heal and the pain will dissipate. Normal motion is regained through manual therapy/massage, stretching and pain free exercise. Physical therapists can accomplish all of this and then teach the individual to prevent the return of the pain. It is a much more effective long term option.