Method Wellness and Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment
What is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is a key part of our physical therapy treatment protocol. This treatment involves hands-on techniques for improving mobility and decreasing pain while facilitating proper movement patterns. For more information on manual therapy at Method PT please visit our services page.
What is Therapeutic Exercise?
Therapeutic Exercise are specific exercises chosen by your therapist to influence proper movement patterns, facilitate strength, improve function and reduce pain while you work toward your specific goals. For more information on Therapeutic Exercise at Method PT please visit our services page.
What body parts or injuries do you treat?
We are able to treat most body parts and musculoskeletal injuries. Occasionally, it may be necessary to see a specialist for certain conditions. In this scenario, we would be happy to direct you to the appropriate specialist in the San Antonio area. If you have a question regarding your specific injury or issue or if you’re unsure if our services are right for you, please call (210) 526-2428.
How long will I need to come to therapy before I feel better?
The short answer is “it depends” and is different for almost every individual.
The longer answer is that several different factors play a role in recovery time including the severity of the issue, the amount of time the issue has been present, body structures involved, etc. For most issues, since we are able to spend one-on-one time with you each visit we can get you on the path to feeling better within a couple of visits.
For a more accurate assessment and prognosis of how long a treatment plan may take, please call (210) 526-2428 to set up a discovery session.
Do I need a Doctor’s referral to start Physical Therapy?
No, a prescription is not required to start Physical Therapy treatment. You may schedule an appointment with our Physical Therapist, Dr. Sarah Eads, for an evaluation and begin treatment immediately.
However, the State Law of Texas requires a prescription/referral for “Physical Therapy” from a medical professional in order to continue treatment beyond a period of ten (10) business days. The referral can be provided to you by an MD, DO, Physician’s Assistant, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dentist, Podiatrist, or Chiropractor.
This referral can be sent to our clinic at any point prior to or during these ten (10) business days. To print a referral to be filled out by your provider, click here. Your provider may also send their own referral form to our fax number: 210-817-8684. For more information or any questions regarding this process, please call: 210-526-2428.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to a Group Yoga Class?
No. Our Group Yoga Classes are general wellness and fitness services and do not require a doctor’s referral. However, if you are considering starting an exercise or yoga program for the first time it is always a good idea to obtain clearance for exercise from your doctor. While group yoga classes can be considered an option for pain management and improving your overall health, they should not be considered medical treatment for any condition.
If you are unsure if you are appropriate for group yoga classes and would like to set up a Private Yoga Assessment, please call (210) 526-2428.
Do you accept insurance?
We are a direct pay clinic that is not in-network with any insurance providers. We do not accept insurance.
Why direct pay?
Our priority is and will always be providing the absolute best hands-on one-on-one care to each and every patient. Our patient-centered the direct pay model allows us to do so.
For a number of reasons, including insurance reimbursement rates, most in-network clinics prioritize patient volume; seeing as many patients as they can and often compromising the quality of care they are able to provide. Physical Therapist at these clinics are frequently asked to see multiple patients at one time or hand off large parts of patient care to support staff. This is fundamentally against our philosophy at Method. We insist on delivering the best care possible and will never compromise on our patient centered mission.
The good news is direct pay care, like the care we provide, may actually be more cost effective. That’s right, in many cases, some will pay similar, if not LESS money than they would have at a standard Physical Therapy clinic!
You say direct pay can actually save me some money. How so?
First, let’s consider your insurance benefits. If your insurance plan has a deductible that has not been met, you will be paying out of pocket for your Physical Therapy visits until it is met, regardless of if they’re in-network. Bills for typical PT clinic visits are usually much higher (often $200+) than our direct pay rate. It’s also important to remember you most likely won’t receive these bills until you are well into your plan of care, with possibly several visits worth of bills already accumulated.
Second, consider how many visits are necessary to resolve your issues at Method compared to most other clinics. Thanks to the one-on-one care we provide, most patients require only one visit per week. Let’s say your deductible is met, and you have a co-insurance or co-pay averaging, say, $40 per visit (a low estimate), but you are asked to come in 2-3 times per week. Not only does the weekly price become comparable between Method PT and an in-network clinic, but this does not account for the time spent away from your daily life to attend visits. Over the course of a month, this can account for 4-8 extra visits requiring time off of work, travel, etc.
Next, remember that many insurance providers will apply your out of pocket costs towards your deductible or in some cases even reimburse some or all of your out of pocket costs! This, of course, is dependent on your specific insurance provider and benefits.