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FAQ

Find quick answers to questions below.  Please contact me with any questions that are not answered here.  I'm here to help!

  • How does online Physical Therapy work without manual therapy (massage)?
    Traditional Physical Therapy does use manual therapy and it can be an effective tramtent, but it is not the only effective way of treating pain. The goal of any maunal therapy is to get the patient more comfortable with moving and exercises. As exercise is really what helps us decrease pain more than anything else. This can be accomplished without manual therapy by guiding the patient with self treatments and education on the nature of the injury. The goal of online physical therapy is to give the patient control over their injury and make it accessible to everyone with fewer visits.
  • Are online physical therapy services covered by insurance?
    Traditional Physical therapy patients are expected to be seen in the clinic for two to three times a week, often for 4-12 weeks depending on the diagnosis. Most often patients are seen by a therapist who are also seeing 2-3 other patients at the same time. Sometimes patients spend more time with a rehab tech then an actual physical therapist. Also copays for these visits are often $30 or more, really adding up over time. In an online model, patients revieve one on one care by a liscensed physical therapist, with the goal of teaching you how to manage your own injury with no more than one session a week and at most just a few weeks. Many patients may be able to mange after just one session. So, although insurance does not currently cover online physical therapy sessions if you follow the plan made for you, you can get better, faster for equal or less total out of pocket expense then traditional physical therapy and all on your time from your home or office.
  • How many visits will I need?
    While every case is different. The goal at Kelly Kuhn physical therapy is patient education and self management of their injury. This means a large portion of the treatment is teaching you what to do and how to work it in to your busy lift and be in control of your injury. For many patients this can happen in one visit. Most commonly if the patient needs another visit after the follow up, it is only one or two more. Our goal is not to keep you coming back for visit after visit but to teach you and let you go and then only follow up as needed.
  • Do I need a prescription from my doctor to be seen?
    You do not need a prescription from you doctor to be seen for Physical Therapy. In Pennsylvania Physical Therapists have direct access for 30 days. This means that I can see you for 30 calendar days after your inital evaluation without prescription from your doctor. Because we are trying to teach you what to do on your own, most often we never need the prescription. Some patients may wish to be seen one time and follow up a month or two later to have their exercises advanced. In that case I can send a copy of the evaluation to your doctor with a description of the plan and if the doctor signs and returns that form a prescription is not needed. If they refuse to sign then a prescription for physical therapy is needed after 30 days. If you are returning after 30 days for a new injury or an injury that got better and was reinjured the 30 days will start over and prescription is not needed.
  • Can I be seen online at Kelly Kuhn Physical Therapy from anywhere in the world?
    No, at this time physical therapists can not practice across state lines. I am currently practicing in Pennsylvania and therfore you would need to be in the state of PA at the time of treatment.
  • Will my visit be recorded?
    Your visit will be recorded only if you choose to have it recorded. If you choose to have it recorded, I will send you the link to the video so you can have a reference of everything we did. I will also send you videos of the exercises that we discussed to help guide you at home
  • What if I forget the exercises?
    At the end of your visit I will make a list of exercises with links to videos or pictures to remind you. Also, I believe once a patient always a patient. That means at any point if you have questions about exercises or something we did you can email or call me even if it is months after we discharged you from Physical Therapy
  • What equipment do I need to participate in online physical therapy?
    For the visits you just need internet access and a web cam. You will be given a link via Zoom for access to your visit and will need to download the free Zoom app. If you are scheduling a running analysis you will need to be able to video yourself running on a treadmil and upload to drop box. You may need a tripod or a friend or something to prop the cammera on and access to a treadmill. If you have any exercise equipment such as bands or kettlebells have them available during the appointment, we may use them if available but are not mandatory.
  • What is Health Coaching?
    Health coaching is simply counseling for health.Rooted in the science of behavior change- health coaching is an emerging as a valuable part of the health care team to support traditional medicine with lifestyle change. During a health coaching session my goal is not to advise but to guide. Client's may come with a particular goal, such as starting a running program or eating healthier, or a more general vision- wanting to lose weight or be more active or being told to change by their doctor. The goal is to guide the client to find the path that will work for them. By asking questions and understanding the client, we can work together to make small successive changes toward success. During the process we will discuss specific barriers to change and problem solve actions to overcome barriers. The goal is to move away from shaming individuals for their health/wellness struggles and celebrate even the smallest success. We must acknowledge change is hard and celebrate each step towards that change no matter how small. Building on each success to create lasting changes that may have felt unattainable in the past. During the health coaching process, we will explore your why? By exploring your personal values we can identify why a health related change matters to you and will at all times keep your reason why front and center. From there we will work together to identify past success to build on as well as barriers to change. I do not believe that people make excuses, I believe people struggle with real or perceive barriers. If we ignore these we will never be able to overcome them. Instead by creating a non-judgmental place to discuss these realities clients are able to create actionable steps to work through barriers that have prevented success in the past. Throughout the process I will guide you to chose actionable steps that you feel confident in doing. At no point will I tell you what you must or should do- instead I'll help you chose what steps to take guiding you to chose steps in which you can find success. We must build from success to build the confidence to continue the process. We will problem solve potential setbacks and work through them without shame- so that in the past when you might have quit you now will understand setbacks are part of the process and will have the confidence to continue on- working towards your goal and your vision for yourself. During the process I'll help you ensure you have all the tools, knowledge and social support you need on your path to change. Health coaching is available for any change you would like to make. Some topics include but are not limited to: healthier eating, sleep improvements, stress management, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, disease management/prevention or any behavior change you would like to make.
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