FAQ

Q: What is a physical therapist?
A: A physical therapist is a highly educated and licensed health professional who is thoroughly trained to help patients/clients reduce pain, improve and restore mobility, and increase performance so they can achieve long-term relief and functionality while reaching their fullest potential as individuals and athletes.

Q: How do I know it’s appropriate to see a physical therapist?
A: If you’re having trouble moving, be it due to pain, muscle/joint weaknesses, a reduced range of motion, etc., or you simply want to move and perform better (e.g., athletic enhancement), a physical therapist can help. Is back pain keeping you in bed? Is that bum shoulder holding you back from picking up the kids? Have you hit a plateau in your sport of choice? Physical therapy can help, often eliminating the need for expensive surgery and keeping you away from harmful painkillers.

Q: Do I need a referral to see a physical therapist?
A: No. You can be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without a referral from your physician. If you wish to use insurance, however, first check with your provider to see if they will cover your appointment without first getting a physician’s referral.

Q: What can I expect during my first visit?
A: You’ll receive an initial evaluation by a physical therapist, with treatment to follow. Your physical therapist will educate you about your condition, charting a path toward your goals that may include additional treatments, a home exercise program, and follow-up assessments.

Q: What will treatment be like?
A: We offer individualized treatments based on the particular needs, strengths, weaknesses and goals of each patient/client. Treatment, which may include manual therapy, exercise regimens, education, and various other approved modalities, is determined following initial evaluations and ongoing assessments.

Q: Will you work with my physician?
A: Of course. If you’ve been referred to us by a physician following injury, surgery or a specific diagnosis, we will keep your physician up to date on your treatments, progress, and any additional findings or concerns we might have.

Q: What insurances are you in contract with?
A: Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
    Worker’s comp
    Pacific Source
    Moda
    Cigna
    First Choice
    United
    Medicare

(New Insurances are added frequently; please contact us directly to see if your plan is included.)

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Move Strong Physical Therapy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Appointments: (503) 451-3750

Did you know?

Physically active women have a 40 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer.

March 18th, 2020

Dear Patrons of Move Strong,

Our physical location continues to be closed as the MJCC, the community center in which Move Strong is located, will be closed at least until April 1st. There have been no COVID-19 cases linked to the community center, but they are doing their part in a nation-wide effort to help curb the spread of the disease by closing gathering places. Although it hurts our business and our patients, it was the right choice to make.

This morning, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked that all healthcare workers suspend non-essential medical visits in an attempt to preserve what personal protective equipment (PPE) we have left in the state. For this reason, beginning today, we will suspend offering home visits, and will only offer remote video visits (e-visits or telehealth) to our established patients. We can provide telehealth services to patients with Medicare, United Health Care, Cigna and Regence insurances. Call today to schedule an appointment!

During a remote visit, a therapist will use video chat to look at your movement, correct form if needed, progress exercises and self-help techniques, and provide patient education. Medicare will currently cover these visits, but private insurance coverage is not consistent and is changing daily. Remote visits are available for our usual self-pay rate if your insurance does not cover them. We will do our best to post at home strengthening activities often on our Facebook page to keep people active while at home. Please follow us at @movestrongpt

Please stay up to date with the developing situation by following the Oregon Health Authority locally or the CDC at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pages/index.aspx and https://www.cdc.gov/ respectively.

Thank you for your patience during this stressful time. If you have questions for your therapist, feel free to email them directly. Please keep in mind we are all working remotely.

Be well,

Ariel Z Salzman, DPT, OCS, CMPT
Owner, Move Strong Physical Therapy