Q: How long is physical therapy going to take?
A: This varies greatly from individual to individual based on age, fitness level, diagnosis, length of the problem, and other factors that will influence both the outcome and the time in therapy. Generally, patients come in for treatment from 1-3 months.
Q: What is the difference between physical therapy and chiropractics?
A: Physical therapy is directed more towards the musculo-skeletal system, with an emphasis on movement (how is the injury/pathology effecting movement patterns, how does the involved side move compared to the uninvolved side, how is posture effecting movement, etc), with treatment focusing more on exercise for correction. Chiropractics is primarily dealing with spinal alignment, treating with adjustments to the spine or extremities.
Q: Do you have to have a physician’s referral to go to P.T.?
A: Only if your insurance requires it. New Mexico state law states that you have to have a current diagnosis. For example, if you have a diagnosis of arthritis of the knee and are having a current episode of knee pain, but have not had a new injury, you can come in for treatment if your individual insurance does not require a referral. If you do not have a current diagnosis or suffer a new injury, you should contact your primary physician.
Q: Do you accept Medicare?
A: Yes, we do accept Medicare and have many elderly patients. However, since we do not accept Medicaid, any Medicare patients who have Medicaid as their secondary insurance cannot be seen at this facility.
Q: How did you get the name “Think Back”?
A: When Think Back first opened, the primary focus was on spinal problems. Think Back could refer to think back to when you were younger and did not have aches and pains, or think more about your back when you are active so do you not injure it, or “Think snow”, “think milk”, or “Think Back”!