HPT Helps ~ Donate Food or Take What You Need!

Give Food - take what you need at Hampton Physical Therapy in NHFriends & Patients,

We realize there are some of you who are out of work and perhaps in need of some help. And there are some of you who are still working who might like to help others during this difficult time. 

FUN afterschool center in Hampton, NH - partners with Hampton PT

Both Hampton Physical Therapy locations (Seabrook & Hampton) as well as FUN located at 40 Stickney Terrace, Hampton (provides quality after school programs) are going to leave a donation box just outside our front doors. We have put a few food items in it to get things started and will keep adding as the days progress.

If you would like to GIVE a donation, please bring non perishable goods
(and/or gift cards to support local restaurants) 
and leave them in the box. 

PLEASE feel free to TAKE some of the items for your family or friends
who are 
in need of food supplies!

We will keep you all posted on the progression of our little” food bank”.

WHEN we get back to a more “normal” life, if there are food items still available in the boxes, we will donate to our area organizations who supply food items for those in need.

If you need us – we are open and being conscientious of social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing masks. We want to continue to provide care for all our patients.

Feel free to call us at 603-474-2259 or 603-929-2880.

Physical Therapy services are labeled as an essential service. Private practices like ours have been encouraged by our professional association to remain open as a safer alternative to urgent care and emergency room during the Covid-19 crisis. We can assist in evaluating, triaging, and caring for non-emergent musculoskeletal injury. Emergency rooms and urgent care centers must preserve their staff and equipment for real emergency care at this time.

We are strictly following all screening and cleaning measures recommended by the CDC.

Thank you for understanding the severity of the situation and doing your part to keep the community safe.

Direct Access ~ Take Charge of Your Healing!

by LISA WHELDON

As a physical therapist I frequently get asked by people that are dealing with an injury, “well how do I get an appointment with you, do I need a prescription or a referral?”. The world of insurance can be a very confusing thing for the consumer. At Hampton Physical Therapy our front office does their best to explain and break down how your individual insurance works before you even start your first visit. We want to make things as easy as possible to get you started in our clinic and provide quality care. Several insurance plans including Medicare and other PPO’s (preferred provider organizations) are considered to be direct access and the state of NH allows for direct access.

Many people don’t know that NH is a direct access state. This means that if you need physical therapy you don’t need a referral from your doctor. You can come in for treatment on your own. So you can refer yourself, just call our clinic and we will schedule you as soon as possible for an evaluation. At Hampton Physical Therapy we are all doctors of physical therapy. DPT’s are highly-trained in how to recognize “red flags” and refer out to physicians immediately if needed. DPT’s learned the proper screening tools to deem if you are appropriate for therapy. We will refer you out to a physician for possible diagnostic imaging to rule out a pathology that is not appropriate for therapy. With direct access the APTA enabled PT’s to be the preferred licensed professionals to treat musculoskeletal disorders.

Direct access is a way to save money for not only the insurance company but the consumer as well. Many insurance companies now recognize the cost savings and improved access to care that come with direct access and do not require a referral for payment1. For example: these savings are evident in the area of low back pain costs. Chronic low back pain is a high cost in the healthcare industry and by getting early access we can save over 50% in cost. If a patient receives PT within 14 days of onset of pain it can minimize the average total cost of care by 50%2. That is major savings for the health care industry and for the individual by getting a patient in PT the following day after their injury and starting treatments like dry needling, spinal manipulation, and corrective exercises.

Without the need for a referral the option to choose where you want to go for treatment is much easier. You don’t have to wait to book an appointment with your PCP or an orthopedic doctor which can sometimes take weeks. At Hampton Physical Therapy we can typically get patients in within 24 hours of calling, if they have a flexible schedule. We have 2 convenient locations on the Seacoast of NH, located on Route 1 in Hampton and Seabrook, NH. We even offer FREE Discovery Visits! A discovery visit is a free consultation with a therapist for a potential patient to come into the clinic and discuss their current condition and see if physical therapy is something that can help them. Frequently the discovery visit leads to the patient being a formal patient. We have therapists trained in spinal manipulation, dry needling, vestibular rehab, modern strength training, and Graston Technique™ . So it’s that easy to save money and get quality care! Feel free to book an appointment for either a free discovery visit or for your initial evaluation today at 603-474-2259 or 603-929-2880.

REFERENCES:
1. Neil. (n.d.). Direct Access in Practice. Retrieved June 25, 2019, from http://www.apta.org/DirectAccess/

2. Direct Access: The Truth About Seeing a PT First. (2017, May 24). Retrieved June 25, 2019, from https://ptcentral.org/2017/05/direct-access-truth-seeing-pt-first/

Why Shop Physical Therapy FIRST!

BY KATE SERODIO, DPT/OWNER
Unlike The Commonwealth Motors slogan “shop us last”, Physical Therapists across the nation are trying to educate everyone on shopping PT first! The goal is to inform and educate the benefits of Physical Therapy (PT) for both your injuries as well as our injured healthcare system.

Here’s a real life example of why you should shop PT first!

Last week I had a 35 year old patient come in reporting that she injured her back 6 weeks ago after bending down to pick up a sock on the floor. The pain was so terrible she could barely walk, so she went to the Emergency Room. The ER performed an x-ray, gave her muscle relaxers, pain meds (this is an entirely different discussion), and advised bed rest (worst thing you could do). The pain didn’t resolve so she followed up with her doctor several days later but wasn’t able to be seen for another week. Her condition had become worse and now she was having severe pain down her leg and couldn’t work. She finally got in to see her Primary Care Provider (PCP) and was told she had sciatica. At this point, Jill felt that something was extremely wrong and requested an MRI. The PCP told her that instead of imaging at this time she would need to see a physiatrist. (a physi-what? A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehab) Unfortunately, the physiatrist was booked out a few weeks but she would be put on a wait list. Jill was struggling with walking and the severe pain so having to wait 3 more weeks was unacceptable.

She again called her PCP and convinced her to schedule an MRI. She was also prescribed anxiety drugs to calm her. Her Primary did suggest Physical Therapy but Jill didn’t want to do anything until she had an MRI and knew exactly what was wrong. She wondered how could a PT treat her if they didn’t know exactly what the problem was? (Not true). Jill finally got her MRI which revealed a bulging disc at L4-L5. She was finally able to see the physiatrist who suggested she go to PT for 4-6 weeks. If she didn’t feel relief from PT, they would then give her an injection (hmm, that’s it? that’s what he’s recommending?)

After 6 weeks of debilitating pain, Jill finally started Physical Therapy and reported a 90% improvement after her FIRST session! (despite having a bulging disc!) She continued PT for 4 weeks and received skilled manual treatment, taught appropriate stretches, modified her current gym routine, and progressed her core strength for future prevention. After this successful treatment, she returned to her prior level of function, Jill promised to never shop us last again! PT will forever be her first stop shop for any musculoskeletal condition.

So, what would you prefer to do? Have 6 weeks of pain and anxiety, lose your vacation/personal time from work, spend your $3,000 or greater deductible and contribute to the ongoing healthcare crisis? Or go to PT, have immediate relief, and learn how to prevent this from ever happening again? Take a look at the cost savings below for you and the insurance industry.

Jill (Chose PT Last)

Hopefully YOU (PT 1st!)

COSTS
$7,500 + lost time at work, delayed recovery by 6 weeks + stress/anxiety!

PT costs variable
Could be anywhere from 1-12 visits ($100-$1,200) Literature supports, earlier treatment results in faster healing

Jill’s expenses were quite costly versus what they would be had she chosen Physical Therapy first…

        • ER-$500
      • Medications: varies $50
    • PCP: $150 visit
    • Physiatrist $150 visit Average
      • PT Average $100/visit. 1-12 visits=$100-$1,200 + (later intervention results in longer treatment time)
      • MRI= $1,000- $3,000 depending on where you go (Check out mymedicalshopper.com for MRI savings in your area. It’s a transparency website that allows you to see the cost of services and save money)
        • Possible future injections-delayed PT may not be as effective as early intervention and result in need for spinal injections $1,000- $3,000

Total cost: up to $7,500 + lost time at work + stress/anxiety

Did you know that NH is a direct access state? Many insurances don’t require a referral, including Medicare patients and anyone with a PPO. You simply just call and line up an appointment. Hampton PT only has therapists with Doctorate degrees. We’re all trained to evaluate and treat you and recognize a need to refer you out.

I truly hope you choose Hampton PT and remember, GetPT1st!