What is Physical Therapy?
- Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Therapists assess patients' muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, posture and mobility skills. Exercise and physical treatment techniques help promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
What is Occupational Therapy?
What is Speech Language Pathology?
Do I need a Doctor’s Prescription?
Yes, at Bryan we require a prescription from your MD, DO, APRN, PA, DC, DMD, DDS, or DPM. The vast majority of insurances require a prescription in order to pay for therapy. Prescriptions are good for 30 days from the date on the prescription.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by calling the Bryan Health scheduling Center at (402) 481-5121.
What should I bring to my first visit?
- A prescription for Physical/Occupational/Speech therapy from your referring provider.
- Insurance information (we will take a copy of your card)
- In the case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any contact names, phone numbers and claim number.
- List of medications you are currently taking.
- Any paperwork you have filled out ahead of time from the website.
Where are you located?
Our outpatient therapy department is located on 4th floor of Bryan Medical Center-West Campus. If you come in the main entrance to the hospital you can take the main elevators to the 4th floor.
When getting off the elevator turn right and then right again. This will take you straight into the department.
For pediatrics – Enter the medical plaza entrance at Bryan Health – East Campus. Check in for your first visit at the radiology department reception desk.
Will It Hurt?
As you restore mobility your pain levels often fluctuate. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort.
Does insurance cover my treatment?
Yes, in most cases it does. Once you call the scheduling center to make an appointment our insurance verifiers will contact your insurance company to get any preauthorization’s. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any further questions.
What do I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can be active in. We can provide gowns and shorts if needed.
What can I expect during my first visit?
The therapist will:
- Complete your evaluation, which typically consists of getting a thorough past medical history.
- Then, depending on the discipline (PT, OT, SLP), they may test your functional movement, flexibility and strength, balance, memory, speech, swallow, swelling, etc.
- They will then create a plan of care with you and determine the best approach to treatment
How long will the therapy sessions last?
Depending on the discipline the initial visit could last for up to an hour. Additional visits generally last anywhere from 30 min to 60 min depending on the type of therapy you are receiving. We will ask you to come 15 minutes early for your first visit to complete all required paperwork.
What type of training and education do your therapists have?
Each of our therapists has graduated from an accredited professional program and has passed a board examination. Each is licensed in the state of Nebraska and many have additional training and certifications. You can find the specifics in the bio section of this website.
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.
Do you offer programs for me once I am better?
Yes, we are connected with Bryan Lifepointe and have a terrific working relationship with them. They have some wonderful follow-up programs that your therapist can tell you about during your course of care.
Where should I park?
For outpatient therapy at our West Campus there are designated parking spots in front of the main entrance to the hospital. You may park there and our receptionist will make sure you receive a permit.
For pediatric therapy and East Campus you can park in the visitor’s lot or parking lot.
Can I fill out Paperwork ahead of time?
Yes, if you go to the forms section of our website you can download forms that you can fill out ahead of time.