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Our Frequently
Asked Questions

What is Elevated Physical Therapy and Wellness?

  • Elevated Physical Therapy and Wellness is a specialized rehabilitation and wellness center dedicated to improving your physical health, overall well-being, and quality of life. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Emily Brown, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist from the University of Utah. After receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, she opted to complete an additional year of intensive study and training in current evidence-based practices and advanced manual therapy in order to achieve her specialty and better help her patients. She has brought her practice to Northern Idaho in order to help patients here achieve their health goals and get back to the activities they love. 

What services do you provide?

  • We offer a wide range of services, including:

    • Orthopedic Specialized Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

    • Work Injury Treatment

    • Sports Rehabilitation

    • Manual Therapy, including soft tissue and joint mobilization, myofascial release, active release technique, cupping, scraping, and trigger point release

    • Advanced Certified Functional Dry Needling

    • Pre- and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

    • Wellness and Fitness Programs

    • Titleist Performance Institute Golf Swing Assessments

    • Running Evaluations

    • Bike Fit Assessments

    • English and Spanish Speaking Provider

Who can benefit from your services?

  • Everyone is welcome at Elevated Physical Therapy and Wellness. Our services are designed to help all ages and fitness levels. Whether you're healing from an injury, recovering from surgery, dealing with chronic pain, or looking prevent future injury, we will create an individualized plan for you. At Elevated Physical Therapy and Wellness, we treat everyone as an individual by considering your history, your current presentation, and your goals in order to approach you as an individual and to create a specialized treatment plan for your needs.

What conditions do you treat?

  • We treat a variety of pain and dysfunction, including all joint, muscle, strength, flexibility, and balance issues across the whole body from feet to fingers. This includes, but is not limited to back pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, and hand pain. We treat pain in its variety of forms including acute pain, chronic pain, and even pain prevention in regard to work, sports, and daily life routines.

Do I need a referral from a doctor to come to physical therapy?

  • In most cases, physical therapy is considered 'direct access', meaning you can see a PT without a doctor's referral. However, some insurance plans may require a referral for coverage. The easiest thing to do is give us a call. We will assist you in verifying your insurance plan's coverage and getting a referral if necessary. 

What does it mean that Physical Therapy is ‘direct access’?

  • Direct access allows people to come directly to physical therapy without a doctor’s referral. Physical Therapists can work with you to discover the cause of your pain and create individualized programs with you to address your symptoms without invasive surgical interventions or pharmacology, but instead find ways to use your body to heal your body. This often saves patients the money spent on costly doctor's visits where they are often referred to physical therapy anyway. If your physical therapist feels you need to see a physician for your condition, they are trained on when and how to refer you to the correct provider.

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • Scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call our office directly or send us an email. We'll work with you to find a convenient time for your initial evaluation or follow-up appointments. We will send you all your intake paperwork via email beforehand so that we can maximize your time in clinic and get you working with your physical therapist as soon as your session starts.

What should I expect during my first visit?

  • During your initial evaluation, our physical therapist ask about your medical history, evaluate your condition, and discuss your therapy goals in order to create the best personalized treatment plan for you. You will be sent home with knowledge about your condition, how physical therapy will help, as well as individualized exercises specific to your body. 

Do you accept insurance?

  • Yes, we accept most major insurance plans. We can help you verify your insurance coverage and work with you to maximize your benefits. Give us a call before your initial evaluation so that we can be in contact with your insurance company from the start to best understand your individualized health plan. Always let us know if you switch insurances during your physical therapy plan of care.

Do you have self pay options?

  • Yes, we offer affordable self pay options for individuals without healthcare coverage for a variety of physical therapy services including initial evaluations, follow ups, and dry needling. 

How long is a typical therapy session?

  • The length of a therapy session can vary depending on your condition and treatment plan. Initial evaluations usually take an hour, while follow-up sessions typically range from 45 to 60 minutes.

What should I wear to my therapy sessions?

  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows for unrestricted movement and access to the area of the body being treated. If you have any specific questions about what to wear, feel free to just ask.

Should I continue my exercises at home between sessions? 

  • Yes, we encourage home exercises be performed at home 4-5 days per week to supplement your in-clinic therapy. Relying on time spent exercising in clinic alone will not be enough to see the full benefits from your therapy. Our therapists will provide a customized home exercise program to accelerate your healing and progress it as your strength and ability improve.

What if I don’t have time to come to Physical Therapy?

  • We will work with you to work around your schedule. We can even offer before work, lunchtime, and after work time slots if necessary. Your recovery is our priority.

Will I be in pain during my Physical Therapy?

  • Most patients come to physical therapy with the goal of pain relief. The mantra “No Pain, No Gain” is not welcome here. Our goal is to find ways to help you achieve your goals without increasing your pain and eventually decreasing or eliminating your pain all together. If you ever find that something in physical therapy or your home program is painful, let your Physical Therapist know right away to either make changes or let you know why that exercise is helping you achieve your goal. 

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