Wellesley: (509) 448-9358
29th & Grand: (509) 309-3789
Deer Park: (509) 276-2005

FAQs

We specialize in post surgical rehabilitation. We are located in the beautiful city of Spokane. Physical therapy questions that you may have are answered below. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

  1.  What is physical therapy?
    • Physical therapy is the use of various forms of modalities from hands on manual therapy techniques, functional therapeutic exercise, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, to improve the function of joints and ultimately reduce pain.
  2. What should I bring to my first visit?
    • Your prescription from your practitioner
    • Any imaging reports, protocols, etc. (we can get them if needed)
    • Your insurance information/card
    • Shorts for a lower extremity/low back issue
    • Comfortable shoes without a heel for in the gym
  3. What should I expect on my first visit?
    • Your physical therapist will take a detailed history of your injury and listen to your unique orthopedic problems.  He/she will then look at your range of motion, strength, and function to determine the best individualized treatment for your particular type of pain.  Check out the video below.
  4. Do you have a Spanish speaking physical therapist?
    • Yes, Bryce Ellgen, DPT is fluent in spanish
  5. How long will it take to get in for my initial evaluation?
    • At Acceleration Physical Therapy, we strive to schedule patients within 24 hours of contacting our office.
  6. What sort of physical therapy treatments are generally involved?
    • While each patient will have a unique physical therapy program, most of them include a combination of manual therapy, including joint/soft tissue mobilization, functional therapeutic exercise and stretching, and modalities such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
  7. Is physical therapy covered by my insurance?
    • Most insurance companies cover physical therapy to some extent. We are happy to take your information and do a preauthorization and determination of benefits.
  8. Is it OK to start PT for my car accident right away?
    • Yes, for most acute injuries there are appropriate treatments, including ice, electrical stimulation, pulsed ultrasound, as well as gentle motion. Your physical therapist is trained to look for red flags and contraindications that would require a referral to other healthcare professionals for further evaluation. Beginning treatment early generally decreases the total amount of treatment duration.
  9. When do I start PT after my knee/shoulder surgery?
    • If your Spokane surgeon gave you a physical therapy referral, he or she generally wants you to begin therapy right away to maintain range of motion and begin the surgical protocol
  10. What kinds of injuries do you work with?
    • Whiplash from car accidents or other cervical spine injury
    • Low back pain/hip pain and bursitis
    • Post surgical rehab of orthopedic injuries
      • ACL reconstruction
      • Rotator cuff repair
      • Shoulder/knee arthroscopic surgery
      • Foot/ankle surgeries
      • Cervical/lumbar fusion/discectomy
      • Fracture surgeries
      • Total knee/total hip/total shoulder arthroplasty
    • Work related injuries to any joint or region
    • Shoulder impingement/tendonitis
    • Knee pain/tendonitis
    • Foot/heel pain
    • Elbow tendonitis
    • Headaches
    • Vestibular rehabilitation
    • Balance dysfunction
  11. Do you work with pediatric clients?
    • Our pediatric program in Deer Park works with developmental delays from birth to teens, and our orthopedic program works with kids 6 and up. We specialize in pediatric outpatient orthopedic physical therapy such as knee pain and ankle sprains, but are able to work with some higher level neurological pediatric cases. We enjoy working with kids, as they tend to keep us feeling young.
  12. What could be causing my shoulder pain?
    • There are many structures in the shoulder that can create pain, but on occasion shoulder pain is related to the neck and upper back. Your physical therapist will evaluate your shoulder to determine which structure is causing pain, and why there is excessive stress on that structure.
  13. What could be causing my knee pain?
    • There are many structures in the knee that can create pain, but on occasion knee pain is related to the lower back and hip dysfunction. Your physical therapist will evaluate your knee to determine which structure is causing pain, and why there is excessive stress on that structure.
  14. How do I keep my low back pain from returning?
    • The keys to prevent recurring low back pain are to maintain good flexibility as well as strength and stability. Patients are typically given a home program, and asked to perform that program for the three months after discharge. This gives the body time to stabilize through its newfound range of motion.
  15. What is your general treatment philosophy?
    • At Acceleration PT in Spokane, we have a simple treatment philosophy. After a tissue in lesion has been identified, biomechanical dysfunction must be defined.