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Continued: How to get better faster with physical therapy

  • Article by: SAM BOYKIN , Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
  • Last update: May 18, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Is PT inevitable?

Regardless of how well we take care of ourselves, over time the body starts to break down and injuries are more likely. But there’s a lot you can do to stay healthy. Ball said a fit lifestyle pays big dividends later in life.

“Everything from our sleeping habits, stress management and level of activity is very important as we get older,” Ball said. “Being proactive is crucial to maintaining a high quality of life.”

Said Aiken: “If people work on their mobility and muscle strength, they can still be active well into their 70s and 80s.”

Billing issues

Most health insurance limits how many PT sessions you can have. Insurance companies may also want to verify if you require PT as the result of an on-the-job injury that either workers’ compensation or legal action could pay for, especially if the injury was caused by an accident.

PT is often more costly at hospitals compared with other practices. Even if you receive therapy on an outpatient basis from a hospital-affiliated practice, you may be billed at a higher rate than at other practices. Try to find out the billing rate the practice will charge.

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  • Rehabilitation specialist Dr. David Aiken of Charlotte, N.C., left, said he keeps his patients motivated by stressing the correlation between the exercises they do on their own and the outcome.

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