Diamond Physical Therapy Associates looks forward to providing you with one-on-one patient-centered care. We have provided the information below to orient you to our physical therapy practice. You may request an appointment online or call to schedule your preferred appointment.

FAQs

Do I need to be a member of Beede to have therapy there?

No, I will pay your guest fees when you see me. If you would like to use the facility at other times, you can buy a day pass or become a member.

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to see a physical therapist in Massachusetts. However, your insurance company may require a referral for reimbursement.

Do you use a warm water therapeutic pool?

Yes, Beede has a 90-degree therapeutic pool.

Do you accept insurance?

No (with the exception of Commonwealth Indemnity). Diamond Physical Therapy Associates, PC is a fee for service practice. Refer to the financial policy page for more information.

Do you accept credit cards?

No, cash or check is appreciated at the time of the visit.

What will I need for the first visit?

Please bring your completed intake forms, pertinent medical records, and reports, referral information if you have it, payment by cash or check. Please wear comfortable clothing, shorts, or pants that you can roll up over your knees.

How long are your sessions?

All sessions are 50-55 minutes.

Will you treat me during the first session?

The purpose of the initial session is to perform an evaluation, review pertinent medical records, establish goals and a plan. Initial treatment will be provided as time allows.

How often do I need to see you?

The frequency of your visits will depend upon your needs. Some patients see me once or twice per week. Some patients consider me to be a consultant and see me for an evaluation and then a few visits to design a program in the water and/or on land.

Are you able to train someone else to work with me if I require on-going assistance?

Yes, I am happy to train a family member, an aide, a student, or anyone else whom you would like to help you.  That individual can join us in the water at Beede at no additional charge.

Will you talk to my doctor, my therapists and other health care providers?

Yes, I will coordinate your care with your medical team, by phone or email as needed. It’s important that there is no duplication of services and that we are all working towards the same goals.

Can I see a land based therapist and see you for water therapy at the same time?

Yes, many patients do that. If you are expecting reimbursement from your insurance company, you may want to check with them about your policy provisions regarding this issue. It is usually not recommended that you see two physical therapists in the same day.

My doctor told me to swim and do exercises in the water. I can do that myself or take classes at the Y. Why should I see you?

I will evaluate you in the office, review your medical history, and develop a specific, medically based plan for you that will target your needs and goals.

What is the difference between a physical therapist and a personal trainer?

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

All physical therapists must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure exam that allows them to practice. Physical therapists have the most specialized education to help people restore and improve motion. Today’s physical therapist is required to complete a graduate degree – either a masters or clinical doctorate – from an accredited education program.

Refer to this link for more information: http://www.apta.org/AboutPTs/

The minimum requirement for personal trainers is professional certification. Certificates are available through many organizations on line and can be completed with self-study. Some personal trainers also have associates and/or bachelors degrees in health and fitness related areas. (Be aware, some personal trainers also use P.T. after their names.)

What is an aquatic physical therapist?

Aquatic Physical Therapists are licensed physical therapists who perform an examination and evaluation to establish a functional diagnosis, prognosis for functional recovery, and need for PT treatment with a plan of care. Aquatic Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants provide PT treatments in a safe aquatic environment taking into consideration transition to land based functional activities and communication with the patient-care team.  Find out more about Aquatic Physical Therapy here:http://www.aquaticpt.org/about-aquatic-physical-therapy.cfm#whatis

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