What should I expect on my first visit?
At your first visit, we’ll listen to your story, review your health history, and discuss the specific issues that brought you to physical therapy. It’s your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the pelvic floor. Wear or bring comfortable workout pants for the physical exam. With simple functional movements, we examine how you move from head to toe—the strength and mobility of your spine, ribcage, hips, pelvis and legs all affect your pelvic health. If we agree that an internal pelvic floor exam is needed, we’ll include that too.
Will the exam hurt? I’m really nervous about making things worse and how it’s all going to feel I feel.
Feeling nervous about your first visit for pelvic floor physical therapy is common, and here at Four Corners we understand that what you’re going through is likely deeply personal. You may have pelvic pain. Or maybe you can’t sit comfortably, or you can’t control your bladder, or your sex life has gone down the tubes. We provide tissue-specific, localized treatment to the muscles, nerves, and viscera to allow pain-free and healthy movement to return—to your pelvic floor as well as other parts of your body. Our approach is gentle, highly effective, and does not hurt.
How many times do I need to come to therapy?
Together, we agree on a plan that works for your busy life and your financial needs. Our goal is to give you information and our best professional opinion on what you can expect in terms of healing tissues, strengthening muscles, and improving function without pain. There is never any pressure on you to do more than you can. The individualized home exercise program you receive on your first follow-up visit is a crucial part of your care. We want to work with you for the best results.
Do I need a prescription?
New Jersey is a Direct Access state. This means that as a consumer with private health insurance, you do not need a prescription to make an appointment for a physical therapy evaluation and follow-ups. Medicare patients are required to be under the care of a physician with a prescription for PT. We do encourage patients to be under the care of a physician that understands pelvic floor issues. Having a strong healthcare team can be essential for good healing. We are happy to refer you to excellent physicians in the Tri-State area.
Do you accept insurance?
We are not in-network with insurance companies and are considered out- of- network and fee-for-service. Payment is due at the time of the appointment and we accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. Physical Therapy is an approved service (according to IRS Pub 502) so you may be able to utilize your flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), health reimbursement accounts (HRA). We will provide you with a detailed invoice to submit to your insurance company, with your claim form. Before you start treatment, download the insurance worksheet to help you ask your insurance company the right questions about your coverage. It is in your best interest to know the details of your insurance plan including the physical therapy coverage.
What kind of patients do you treat?
We offer services for teens and adults. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ability, or gender expression. We proudly serve the LGBTIA community.
Can you give me some examples of pelvic conditions you’ve treated?
Yes! Here are some goals real patients of ours set for themselves on their first visit:
“I want to be able to laugh hard at funny movies without peeing all over myself.”
“I want to be able to swing a golf club without wearing a man diaper.”
“I want to be able to take care of my newborn without crying because I’m in so much pain.”
“I want my episiotomy stitches to heal normally so I can have sex without it hurting.”
“I want to be able to eat normal food that doesn’t make my bladder go crazy.”
“I want to get back on the spin bike without scrotal pain.”