Swansea (508) 675-3200 | Providence (401) 453-5800

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who else will I see besides the physical therapist who does my evaluation?

No one. Your therapist is the only one who will be doing your treatments. In 95% of cases, patients see the same physical therapist for all of their sessions. This is a very unique practice model that allows great continuity of care, produces better results and very happy patients.

What insurance plans do you accept?

We accept most insurance plans. Call us if you plan is not listed as your plan may still allow treatment with us.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
All out-of-state Blue Cross & Blue Shield plans
Medicare
United Health Care
Senior Care
Tufts Health Plan
Health Care Value Management
Unicare
GIC
Tricare
Mass Health
Worker’s Compensation
Auto Insurance

What should I wear to my first visit?

It’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows the therapist access to the areas of your current complaints. A loose fitting shirt, tank top, or sports bra is recommended for any problem with your neck or upper extremity. The easier it is to access the affected area, the better we can care for you and get to the root of what may be causing your current condition.

How do I get started?

At Specht PT we’ve made it super easy for you to begin your treatment program.

Simply call us at 508-675-3200 (Swansea) or 401-453-5800 (Providence) or to make an appointment.

If you are going to use your health insurance plan, we can explain your physical therapy benefits and coverage. Additionally we will see you as soon as possible, usually within 48 hours of your call.

What happens at my first visit?

Your physical therapist will first talk with you, to learn about the problem that has brought you in for treatment. He or she will then perform a comprehensive evaluation of your musculoskeletal system, including posture, body mechanics, joint mobility, range of motion, soft tissue mobility, strength, flexibility and functional testing. Depending on the evaluation findings and your goals, your therapist will next explain the recommended treatment plan, what it will entail and why it is being recommended. If appropriate, you will receive treatment and a home program for pain relief. Finally, before leaving the clinic the appropriate follow-up appointments will be scheduled.

Who will perform my treatments?

Our clinic is unique in that 100% of your treatment will be performed by a licensed physical therapist (we do not employ physical therapy assistants or aides). During each treatment your therapist will work “one-on-one” with you, and every effort will be made to have you seen by the same therapist for each of your follow-up treatment sessions.

What treatments do you perform?

Treatments can include soft tissue massage, myofascial release, traction, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, trigger point dry needling, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, ice, stretching, strengthening, body mechanics education, balance training, posture education, gait training, etc. While we use a hands-on approach for various ‘manual’ therapies, we also use a wide array of exercise equipment to help in your rehabilitation including, elastic resistance bands, exercise balls, free weights, weight training machines, medicine balls, balance boards, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, etc.

Your clinic is inside of a health club, how does that work?

Our Providence, RI and Swansea, MA locations each operate within a fitness center. We perform all treatments in a private setting, however we often progress our patients into programs that include using the exercise equipment in the gym. So in that sense we have the ideal rehabilitation environment, a private clinic setting, and access to an entire gym of high-tech strength and cardiovascular training equipment.

How long does each treatment session last?

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Is there anything that I can do assist the recovery process?

We will prescribe a home treatment program, including advice on how to relieve pain, decrease inflammation/spasm, sleep more comfortably, etc. We will also design an exercise program so you can assist the recovery process in between physical therapy sessions.

Will you talk with my doctor?

We stay in close communication with your doctor through evaluation reports, progress reports and telephone calls. We’ll work with your doctor toward the shared goal of helping you recover as quickly as possible.

How often will I need to come for treatment?

Each treatment program is different, however most patients are treated two to three times per week. The total duration of physical therapy will depend on the severity of your injury.

When can I come in?

Call us at 401-345-5858 (Providence) or 508-675-3200 (Swansea) to book your first visit. We offer early morning and evening appointments so that we can accommodate most busy schedules.

Hours of Operation

Providence, RI

Monday: 7:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 3PM
Wednesday: 7:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 8AM – 3PM

Swansea, MA

Monday – Thursday: 7AM – 7:30PM
Friday: 7AM – 5:30PM

Please call after 8 am to speak with our office staff.

What insurances do you accept?

We accept most major insurances including Blue Cross, Blue Chip, HMO Blue, Medicare, United Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Healthcare Value Management, TriCare, Workers Compensation and All Auto Insurances

If for some reason, we happen to not be listed in your insurance company’s provider book, it does not mean we do not accept your insurance. Please call us to find out whether you are eligible for coverage, and if so, what your co-payment and/or deductible will be.

How much will each visit cost me?

Prescribed physical therapy is often covered, at least partially, by health insurance. Please call us to find out what your co-payment will be; or call your insurance company directly to verify your coverage. In general, most of our patients have a co-payment of $5 – $20 per office visit.

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