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  • What is physical therapy?

    Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians. Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.

    While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, your physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.

  • How do I know if physical therapy will help me?

    Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your current condition and even set up a free consultation if you choose.

  • How can you improve my health and well-being?

    Upon completion of therapy all patients will know how to manage their condition, prevent future injuries, and safely perform your daily activities, and participate in an exercise program.

  • Can I go to any physical therapy I choose?

    As a patient you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. At Nestor PT, you will receive the highest quality care while achieving the results you need.  We pride ourselves on providing a positive, encouraging environment with well-trained, friendly staff.  We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life.

  • Why should I choose Nestor Physical Therapy?

    We are committed to providing you with the solutions to your physical and lifestyle obstacles. Not only do we want to help you resolve and mange your current condition, but we want help you to improve your overall health and well being.

  • Do you treat my injury/condition?

    We specialize in orthopedic, spine, and sports related injuries, as well as a variety of treatable conditions. Please refer to our Areas of Treatment and Specialists for a complete list of treatable conditions.

  • Do I see the same therapist for each appointment?

    Yes. Follow-up appointments are one-on-one. NO DOUBLE BOOKING.

  • Does my insurance require a referral?

    In many states, Physical Therapists have what is known as ‘direct access’ meaning, patients can legally see a physical therapist directly, without referral. However, some insurance companies require referral in order to pay.

    A physical therapist in Rhode Island can treat direct access patients when:

    • The therapist receives written consent for treatment from the patient after the therapist has disclosed the scope and nature of physical therapy.
    • Treatment does not continue beyond 90 days. After 90 days, the therapist must obtain a referral from a physician, osteopath, dentist, podiatrist, or chiropractor.
    • The therapist has at least one year of clinical experience.

    Each insurance carrier has different requirements. Please call your insurance company prior to your first visit.

  • Does insurance cover my treatment?

    Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, visit our insurance plan page and please do not hesitate to contact our office. We do offer different payment options for your convenience.

  • Does Nestor Physical Therapy accept my insurance?

    We accept most major health insurances. Please give us a call to inquire about your specific insurance.

  • What if I don’t have insurance?

    For patients who do not have insurance, we offer a discounted fee, due at the time of service.

  • How do I pay for physical therapy?

    In most cases Physical Therapy is covered by your insurance plan. Physical Therapy sessions can also be paid for by cash, check, or credit card.

  • What type of payment do you accept?

    We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card. We are happy to discuss payment plan options as well. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service. Your insurance benefits will be determined before your second visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.

  • Do you communicate with my physician?

    Yes, we keep your physician up to date on your progress by sending a copy your evaluation and any re-evaluation. We do speak with physicians on the phone on a regular basis.

  • How do I schedule an appointment?

    Our scheduling is easy and we offer a convenient location and appointment times for you. We have morning and evening appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Call us today or simply fill out the schedule appointment form on this page.

  • What should I bring to my first appointment?

    Please have your prescription and insurance card available when you call. This will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.

    To bring on your first visit:

    • A prescription (if needed) for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA.
    • Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card).
    • Print out the patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.
    • In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any case manager or insurance adjuster contact names, phone numbers, and claim number.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any remaining paperwork, so you can maximize your time in your evaluation.
    • Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your problem areas.
    • List of medications you are currently taking, along with the dosage.
    • Results from any tests (X-ray or MRI)
    • List of your questions.
  • How long does the initial appointment take?

    The evaluation will take 45-60 minutes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the intake paperwork. You may download the intake form and complete it before your arrive to save time. See form here.

  • How many sessions will I have?

    Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit and explained to you by your physical therapist.

  • What do I wear?

    Dress comfortably with clothes that allow easy access for the therapist to examine your problem areas. For treatments, loose fitting clothes that are comfortable for gentle exercises and supportive sneakers are often good choices to wear.

  • Will it hurt?

    Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.

  • How long will my therapy sessions last?

    Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes. Each session after that may be 45-60 minutes. The amount of time will be based on your specific needs, and your therapist will discuss this with you.

  • Where are you located?

    We are located at 261 Main Street, North Smithfield, RI 02896.  We are located at the corner of Main Street and Victory Highway across from Gator’s Pub.

  • What types of education/training do your therapists have?

    Physical therapists have years of university level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology, and many of the other medical sciences. Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state licensed. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a masters or doctorate level degree. Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.

  • What is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (COMP)?

    Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists are specially trained in medical screening, anatomy, physiology, joint and soft tissue mechanics, and are experts in the musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists may engage in continued education after graduate school to study, and eventually become certified in, manual therapy. This process typically takes 3-4 years.

  • What is Manual and Manipulative Therapy?

    The term “manual therapy” refers to hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Human touch is an essential ingredient in our treatment philosophy and approach, and for good reason. Patients respond positively to hands-on work when combined with exercise and education. This leads to faster recovery and less out-of-pocket expenses.

    Manual therapy encompasses a broad group of sophisticated techniques performed by hand and by uniquely trained physical therapists. These may include mobilizations or manipulations of soft tissue and skeletal joints. Manual therapy techniques aim to decrease pain and increase function. Most manual therapy training programs in the United States are four-year, post-graduate programs that emphasize clinical experiences, classroom education, and extensive exams.

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