Frequently Asked Questions


How will I benefit from your Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services?

- Our therapists are trained to assess your concerns and complaints.
- Our therapists will work with you to improve your level of function.
- Our therapists will educate you and train you to maintain a quality lifestyle.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a health care profession dedicated to the prevention, treatment and management of musculosketal disorders.  A physical therapist is trained to evaluate a movement dysfunction, assess muscles, ligaments and joints, determine appropriate rehabilitation following a surgery, and develop a plan of care to address the patient's needs.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. Occupational therapists also specialize in rehabilitation for hand and arm pain and injuries.

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Do I have to have a doctor's referral to see a physical, occupational or speech therapist?

In the state of Iowa, you do not require a doctor's referral to be treated by a therapist; however, some insurance companies may require a doctor's order for therapy to be a covered benefit.  This information is available by making a quick call to your insurance company.  You can make this call yourself, or we would be happy to help you find out if your insurance requires a doctor order.

Does insurance pay for therapy?  Are you a provider with my insurance company?

Most plans have a therapy benefit. We will check your benefits for you or you can place a call to your insurance company to check on your policy's benefits.  Sports Rehab is a provider with most major insurance companies, but we can verify that with your individual company when you provide us with your insurance information.  We also file your claims for you.  Our billing office is always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding your claims or monthly statement.

How long will my first appointment be?  What can I expect during my first visit?

At your first visit, your therapist will do a complete evaluation that will include a history of your complaint and medical conditions, a discussion of your symptoms and possibly some tests to determine your individual therapy needs.  Your questions and concerns will be addressed and then your therapist will discuss your treatment plan with you.  You should allow an hour for this first visit. 

You will need to bring any doctor orders you may have received, as well as your personal and insurance information.

How long will I need therapy?  How much will it cost?

Since every patient's needs are different, there is not a set length of treatment or cost per visit.  Your therapist and the billing office will be able to give you an estimate of the number of visits and cost after your initial evaluation.

What will the treament involve?

Treatment may involve therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, muscular re-education, ultra-sound, aquatic therapeutic exercise in our warm water therapy pool, traction, splints or braces, etc .  Many of our therapists have specialized training in the treatment of lymphedema, vestibular rehab, orthotics, women's health, speech and swallowing difficulties and many more areas.

What are your office hours?

Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Associates is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.