Frequently Asked Questions

Physical Therapy is a profession whose practitioners utilize movement, various hands-on techniques, exercises of all types and modalities (heat, electricity, Ultrasound, etc.) to improve your potential to live the life you desire. Our goal is to assist you in achieving the highest, most safe level of activity possible over the shortest time period. We strive to find ways for you to learn to control any problems you may have.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapists are all licensed by the Secretary of State in Georgia. These licenses must be renewed every two years.

The law in the State of Georgia allows you to be seen by a physical therapist without a referral from a doctor. After the physical therapy evaluation, we will determine if you require additional treatment and we will request a referral from your doctor.

Your first visit will last approximately one hour and will include a comprehensive evaluation and applicable treatment administered by a Licensed Physical Therapist. Your Physical Therapist will review your medical history, diagnostic tests, and any recent events that may have contributed to your current condition. Your evaluation will include an assessment of your current functional deficits, pain level, and posture, as well as a thorough evaluation of your flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. Following your evaluation, your physical therapist will thoroughly explain your personalized treatment plan and expectations for recovery and will review the anticipated treatment duration and frequency.

These forms are required when you visit Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services. To speed up your visit, you can print and fill out these forms before your visit.

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