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  • Why is Combat Athletes PT a “Self Pay” Provider?
    Story time… Since we have been practicing physical therapy for a long time, our patients frequently tell us about the treatments they have previously gotten at different PT facilities which accept their insurance. Even while the majority of clinicians work hard to deliver high-quality care, it can be challenging when dealing with some of the complexities of insurance system and reduction of the insurance reimbursement rate. In the end, the patient suffers. Here is what we have heard. “Are we just numbers…?” Patients frequently complain that they are treated like a number, with an initial therapy session handled by one therapist and subsequent visits handled by another. There might be a perception of care discontinuity when seeing multiple clinicians. Some patients report feeling hurried through therapy sessions only to see an assistant or tech and perform exercises from a spreadsheet without receiving any tailored guidance or instruction. “Lack of attention and time with a licensed PT…” Patients may find themselves receiving direct care from a licensed physical therapist for only 15 to 20 minutes in some insurance-based PT clinical models. Additionally, some therapists frequently supervise 2-3 additional patients at once, placing the responsibility of balancing time between each patient on them. “The true cost of 60 minutes with a licensed PT is actually a lot…!!” In an insurance based clinic, the co-pay rate averages between $40-70 per visit. Each visit, you will get 15-20 minutes treatment. To have a total of 60 minutes care from a licensed PT, you often need to visit 2-3 times per week, which can be time consuming. And, $70 x 3 = $210 for the full 60 minutes of treatment with a licensed PT who might have other patients at the same time. “Why insurance companies dictate where to treat…?” Under the insurance-based physical therapy, the body part that a licensed PT treats will be limited by doctor’s authorization unless it’s justifiable to treat multiple body parts. For example, patients can’t really receive a treatment for both his ankle and wrist at the same time because they are hardly associated with each other. We believe all physical therapists can provide better care. The barriers to providing and receiving better treatment can be eliminated by choosing to self-pay for the quality of care you deserve. And, we would like you to experience how different we are from other PT offices and have a new standard of what physical therapy should be. Those are the core reasons why we are a "self-pay" clinic. Here is the quick summary: Insurance-based PT clinics: 3 visits / week. The total cost is $210 ($70 co-pay/visit). Accumulative 60 minutes care with a licensed PT (20 Minutes direct care per visit). Non-insurance PT clinic: 1 visit / week. The cost of self-pay is, for example, $175 for 60 minutes of direct care with a licensed PT.
  • Why do I choose Combat Athletes Physical Therapy over others?
    Our expertise and quality care are second to none. For more details, please visit "WHY CHOOSE US" page below!!
  • Why should I choose a private practice physical therapist rather than a large organization?
    For your cost-effective high-quality care, we suggest... "Physical Therapy Clinic Privately Run By Physical Therapist" Here is why and supported research: The study indicates that patients require more treatments in physician-owned clinics (39-45% higher visits per patient rate compared to private practice PT). Thus, the cost eventually becomes greater for those patients who choose physician-owned physical therapy practice (30-40% higher in both gross and net revenue per patient). 1 Another research demonstrates that patients have less time spent with licensed therapy providers at physician-owned clinics. In addition, physical therapy assistants are substituted for licensed physical therapists. 2 The other study strongly suggested that "therapists who had treated patients through direct access were significantly more likely to believe that direct access had benefited them professionally and benefited their patients than were therapists who had not practiced through direct access." 3 Based on those facts, we strongly believe that we can provide you with the highest quality of care available, restore your physical functions, and maximize the physical potential for faster recovery. You will work with a doctor of physical therapist in a one-on-one manner, and the same physical therapist sees you from the beginning to the end of your experience with us. *URL of Research articles: 1. Mitchell, J., Scott, E., Physician Ownership of Physical Therapy Services: Effects on Charges, Utilization, Profits, and Service Characteristics, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992. 2. "Joint Ventures Among Health Care Providers in Florida," State of Florida Health Care Cost Containment Board, 1991. 3. Domholdt E, Durchholz AG. Direct access use by experienced therapists in states with direct access. Phys Ther. 1992 Aug;72(8):569-74.
  • Who will see me?
    A doctor of physical therapist will see you for evaluation and movement/posture analysis to find out the root cause of your pain. In addition, you will see the same physical therapist every time when you come back for the continuity of care. The one-on-one relationship is one of our top priorities.
  • What happens during my first visit?
    When you book your appointment, you will receive an email from us about the details of your first visit. If you don't get any emails from us, please contact us at or give us text at 858-284-1133.
  • How many visits will I need?
    In short, each case varies depending on the severity of your impairments, your diagnosis, your past medical history, etc. You may benefit from one session or you may need multiple sessions. We will provide you with a thorough initial evaluation, progress report using standardized tests, followed by our recommendations.
  • How should I dress?
    You should wear loose fitting clothing or gym attire so you can comfortably expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating.
  • What happens if my problem or pain returns?
    Pain can be persistent. Also, flare-up pain is not uncommon. Please give us a call if you experience a flare-up, sudden exacerbation/aggravation of pain. We advise you simply change your physical/daily/exercise activities, may suggest you to come back to us, or return to your primary doctor.
  • Is physical therapy painful?
    For many, pain has been an inhibiting factor decreasing one’s quality of life. Thus, the goal for many patients is pain relief. We have many means and treatment primarily focused on pain relief such as IASTM, myofascial decompression, joint mobilization, manual therapy, active release technique, etc. Movement and exercises such as isometric exercises often provide pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will prescribe you with the appropriate exercises to not only work on pain relief, but also increase range of motion, strength, and activity tolerance. In some cases, such as post-operation patients may find some of the techniques painful. Our goal is to figure out an optimal technique to help maximize your recovery and treatment goals. We don’t believe in the saying “no pain, no gain” Instead, we believe that the body uses pain as a communication tool. Thus, it is imperative to communicate the intensity, frequency, duration, and movements that trigger the pain to your therapist. With this information, the physical therapist will adjust the treatment plan in accordance.
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