FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Frederick Sport and Spine Clinic

What hours does the clinic offer?

Frederick Hours
Monday: 7am – 8pm
Tuesday: 7am – 7pm
Wednesday: 7am – 6pm
Thursday: 7am – 8pm
Friday: 7am – 5pm

Middletown Hours
Monday: 9am – 7pm
Tuesday: 7am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 7pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 7am – 5pm

After the evaluation, will I be able to stay with the same therapist?
We try to keep patients with the same therapist, however, the schedule can get busy, so patients may work with one of the other clinicians for a visit or two. There is constant communication and through documentation amongst clinicians and we will work to insure continuity of care when this does occur.

What should I expect when I come to therapy?
Patients will be evaluated by a physical therapist, a treatment plan will be established and goals will be set for each individual patient. Then we put the plan into action! You will be asked to be an active participant in every phase of your rehabilitation.

What happens if I need more visits than my insurance approved?
If appropriate, your Physical Therapist will fill out an extension request form to apply for additional visits. If your insurance company does not approve coverage for additional visits, you will have the option to pay out-of-pocket for additional treatments.

How long should I hold the stretches my therapist shows me?
Stretches should be held for about 30 seconds to be most efficient and effective. Please consult your Physical Therapist before starting any new exercise routine.

How many times a day should I be icing?
Ice should be applied about 2-3 times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time. Allow for up to 2 hours between applications. Consult your Physical Therapist for the correct frequency, based on your problem.

Where can I buy supplies for therapy that I can use at home?
You can buy supplies at the clinic. We offer icepacks, theraband, over-the-door pulleys, foam rollers, bio freeze, and much more. Ask one of our staff members and they will be glad to help. Please consult your Physical Therapist if you have any questions.

Can I use heat or hot packs?
Patients can use heat packs before they exercise to help loosen stiff muscles. Ice is usually used after exercise or injury to help reduce swelling and irritation caused by the activity. It is not recommended that patients use heat after injury or exercising. Please consult your physician or Physical Therapist if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The SwimEx

Who would benefit from aquatic therapy?
Just about anyone!

  • Individuals with orthopedic or neurological dysfunctions
  • Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia
  • Those people who have more specific questions should be put in touch with a clinician.

Why aquatic therapy?
The benefits of pool therapy are due to 3 principles of water:

  • Buoyancy: helps overcome the effects of gravity by greatly reducing pain associated with joint stress and weight bearing in recovery from surgery or dysfunction.
  • Hydrostatic pressure: decreases swelling and increases circulation assisting with the healing of surgical wounds and rebuilding muscle mass.
  • Viscosity: provides the even resistance necessary to strengthen weak muscles.
  • It also helps to increase strength of the trunk and extremities, increase ROM, improve functional mobility such as walking and decrease pain and swelling.
What if a patient can’t swim?
Each pool session is one on one conducted by a licensed therapist. The pool depth may be adjusted from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet to meet each patient’s individual needs.
How can patients with disabilities get in and out of the pool?
A hydraulic chair lift is available which effortlessly lifts patients in and out of the water.
Could a person with a surgical wound use the pool?
Yes, we have bioclusive dressings available to cover healing surgical wounds. No infection can be present.
How warm is the water? Air temperature? What chemicals are used?
The water temperature is maintained between 92-94 degrees Farenheit and 80 degrees Farenheit for the room temperature. Bromine is the disinfectant chemical used in the SwimEx.
Are there any situations where a person cannot receive aquatic therapy?

  • Exposed sub epidermal tissue of blisters, wounds or skin lesions
  • Infectious or communicable disease, skin eruptions
  • Unmanaged bladder or bowel problems
  • Impaired comprehension or inability to follow directions
  • Uncontrolled seizure activity
  • Cardiac insufficiency
  • Allergy to Bromine

Is aquatic therapy covered by insurance?
Pool therapy is physical therapy that is provided in a therapeutic pool. If your coverage includes physical therapy, it covers pool therapy. Our staff will check with your insurance to ensure coverage is authorized, if needed.
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