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- What do I expect at the first visit?
—Each session consists in subjective intake, movement assessment, treatment, and correctives. An email will follow each visit with your individualized home exercise videos along with a synopsis of your visit. Please bring shorts and a tank for each visit, and be prepared to be barefoot.
- Will my visits get covered with my insurance?
—Yes and no. Insurance is not filed in the clinic. However, you will receive a super-billing receipt that you can self-claim to your insurance. If you have any “out of network Physical Therapy” coverage, you can get reimbursement for your treatments.
- Why don’t you file insurance?
—Insurance is not filed because the Business Model necessary for an insurance-based PT practice does not support the Treatment Model that I follow. That means therapists in clinics that bill insurance have to see at least 2 patients per hour (usually more) and use technicians to apply multiple modalities like ultrasound and e-stim. They must do this because insurance companies tend to reimburse these clinics less than half of what they bill. I do not believe that modalities are nearly as effective as my hands on work along with personalized corrective drills. In many ways, insurance companies dictate or at least influence the treatment that patients receive at these clinics, and I refuse to allow that to be the case at Kamiyama Physical Therapy. Each of my patients receives an hour of one-on-one care along with corrective drills at the end, which is one reason the results are so much faster than average. When you consider the time savings of fewer trips to the clinic and the value of resolving your pain so much faster than normal, the out of pocket expense to Kamiyama Physical Therapy often results in a huge bargain.
- What are Dr. Kamiyama’s specialities?
—Dr. Kamiyama’s specialities include treating muscle imbalances, breathing abnormalities, postural dysfunctions, neuromuscular re-education, strengthening and manual therapy.
- What kind of injuries / conditions has Dr. Kamiyama treated?
—Dr. Kamiyama has treated the following (not limited to) the following injuries/conditions: Cervicogenic headaches, TMJ, Herniated discs, rotator cuff tendonitis/tears, labral tears, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, scapular dyskinesis, costochondritis, diastasis rectii, inguinal hernia, osteitis pubis, low back pain, spondylolithesis, spondylolysis, spondylosis, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, performs syndrome, sacroiliac joint pain, pelvic floor dysfunctions, hip bursitis, ACL, meniscus, PCL injuries, ankle/foot dysfunction such as ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, bunions/bunionectomy.
- What should I wear to the appointments?
—Please bring shorts and a tank for each visit, and be prepared to be barefoot.
- What do I bring to the first appointment?
—Filled out Medical History, Consent Form and Intake Form (You can find the forms here) Others may include diagnostic reports (I.E.- X-ray, MRI, CAT Scan, etc).
- Do I need a physician’s referral to receive therapy?
—According to New York State, you can come to Physical Therapy without a physician’s referral for the first 30 days. However, if further assessment may be necessary, physical therapist is responsible to refer out to physicians for further evaluation.
- How often do I go to treatment?
—Depending on each individuals presentation of symptoms of pain/strength/movements, etc the recovery rate differs individually. However, due to increased time spent with PT, visit numbers significantly decrease compared to insurance based companies. Average visit numbers are 3~6 visits.