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Physical Therapy

Do I need a referral to see a physical therapist?

Answer: All 50 states, and the District of Columbia (DC), allow patients to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a physician’s prior referral. You should however check with your insurance to ensure they do not require a physician's referral.


Can I choose my Physical Therapist?

Answer:  You have the right to choose your own physical therapist and are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility. Always insist your physical therapy be provided by a licensed physical therapist.

Is Physical therapy painful?

Answer: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort – including chronic or long term pain. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function.


Is Physical therapy only for injuries and accidents?

Answer: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions – from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few.


Can any health care professional perform physical therapy?

Answer: Physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist. Many physical therapists also pursue advanced training and certification in specific areas. Dr. Lightsey is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Kinesio Taping.


Is Physical therapy covered by insurance?

Answer: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. You should verify coverage options with your insurance company.


Is surgery a better option?

Answer: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions – from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disc disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery. Feel free to check out Dr. Lightsey's patient testimonials!


Can I do physical therapy myself?

Answer: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Dr. Lightsey will leverage her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.



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