FAQ: Physical Therapy

What is a physical therapist?

Physical therapists are licensed by the state, specializing in therapy programs for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and massage therapy.

What is an occupational therapist?
Occupational therapists are licensed by the state and specialize in the treatment of the upper extremity and work injuries. The services provided by occupational therapists include patient education, joint range of motion, adaptive techniques, splinting, and workplace evaluations.

Do I need to see a SCOI physician to have therapy at a SCOI facility?
No, you do not need to be treated by a SCOI physician to have therapy at one of the SCOI facilities.

What insurance does SCOI accept? How will I know if my insurance covers therapy?
We accept most insurance carriers. Call us with your insurance information, and we will verify your coverage.

Is SCOI's physical therapy a Medicare provider?
Yes, we accept Medicare.

What are the hours of operation?
The SCOI physical therapy facilities are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. We are also open on some Saturdays.

What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your physical therapy referral/prescription and a copy of your insurance card.

How should I dress?
You should wear or bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

How long will my visit take?
Expect to spend about 45-60 minutes on your initial visit. Follow-up visits will vary depending upon your plan of care.

Is my therapist licensed? Will I work with the same therapist on each visit?
All of our physical and occupational therapists are professionally licensed, as are our physical therapy assistants (PTAs). You will be seen by one of our licensed and highly trained physical/occupational therapists each visit. Your evaluating therapist will be your primary caregiver unless otherwise requested.

What happens on my first visit?
During your first visit, you can expect to be evaluated by your therapist, who will assess your current problem or complaints, set your goals for physical therapy, and work out a treatment plan to help you meet the goals and objectives set by you, your physician, and your therapist.

How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment at one of the SCOI physical therapy facilities, please call the number listed on the locations pages (Van Nuys, Valencia, Thousand Oaks, or Simi Valley), under "Physical Therapy." Make sure to bring your physical therapy prescription with you to your appointment, along with your insurance card.

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