FAQs

  • I’ve heard of physical therapy but I don’t know what it is. What is it?

    Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians.

    Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.

    While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, our physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels.

    The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.

  • How do I find a physical therapist?

    As a patient, you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. In South Carolina, we can treat you for 30 days without a physician referral except for a few insurances like Medicare, which require a physician referral. However, we have a good relationship with local physicians, and in most cases we can obtain a physician referral for you through fax, saving you a trip to your physician.  At Garber Physical Therapy, you will receive the highest quality care while achieving the results you need.

    We pride ourselves on providing a positive, encouraging environment with well-trained, friendly staff.  We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life.

  • Will physical therapy benefit me?

    Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Call us today to discuss your current condition or request an appointment now.

  • Will physical therapy hurt me?

    Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering.

    This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.

  • Are your physical therapists trained to treat my condition?

    Physical therapists have years of university-level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology, and many of the other medical sciences.

    Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state-licensed. Depending on the university, the physical therapy program is either a master’s or doctorate level degree.

    Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.

  • I want to schedule an appointment – how do I do that?

    Our scheduling is easy and we offer a convenient location and appointment times for you. We have morning and evening appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Call us today or request an appointment.

  • What should I wear for my sessions?

    Dress comfortably in clothes that allow easy access for the therapist to examine your problem areas.

    For treatments, loose-fitting clothes that are comfortable for gentle exercises and supportive sneakers are often good choices to wear.

  • How long will each of my sessions last?

    Typically, the first session lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes. Each session after that may be 45-60 minutes. The amount of time will be based on your specific needs, and your therapist will discuss this with you.

  • How many times will I need to come in before I feel better?

    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 and explained to you by our physical therapist.

  • Will my sessions be covered by insurance?

    Yes, in most cases it does. Garber Physical Therapy will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. This will be done before your first visit.

    For more information, visit our insurance plan page and please do not hesitate to contact our Spartanburg and Greer, SC physical therapy office. We do offer different payment options for your convenience.

  • I don’t have insurance – what do I do?

    For patients who do not have insurance, we offer a discounted fee, due at the time of service.

  • How should I pay?

    We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card (Visa and Mastercard only). We are happy to discuss payment plan options as well. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service.

    Your insurance benefits will be determined before your first visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.

    If your problem/injury is due to a motor vehicle accident that is no fault to you, we can treat you under a lien agreement with your attorney, and you will not be required to pay anything over the counter at the time of service. If you do not have an attorney, we can recommend one for you. We will obtain the lien agreement with your attorney on your behalf.

  • How should I prepare for my initial appointment?

    Please have your prescription and insurance card available when you call. This will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.

    To bring on your first visit:

    • A prescription (if needed) for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA.
    • Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card).
    • Print out the patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.
    • In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any case manager or insurance adjuster contact names, phone numbers, and claim number. If you have an attorney, please provide the attorney’s information at the time that you schedule your appointment with us, so that we can obtain the lien agreement ahead of time.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any remaining paperwork, so you can maximize your time in your evaluation.
    • Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your problem areas.
  • Can I continue sessions even after I feel better?

    Yes, once you have completed your therapy sessions, your therapist will review your continuing home program.

    We can make arrangements to meet you at your gym (if necessary) to work with you on determining what equipment may be beneficial, and what exercises would be helpful in your continued recovery.