Frequently asked questions
Do I need to be a member of a team or organization to be seen for physical therapy?
No. Our team of physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers are qualified to treat all levels of athletes, from professionals to weekend warriors in all sports.
How can physical therapy help me?
A physical therapist will evaluate your condition and identify the source of your discomfort or dysfunction. Once the evaluation is complete, the therapist will develop an interdisciplinary treatment program that may involve manual therapy therapeutic exercise, modalities and sport-specific activites. You will also receive a home exercise program that will reinforce the clinical therapeutic exercise you have performed.
What kind of diagnosis do you see?
We see all types of orthopaedic injuries, common acute and chronic conditions associated with musculoskeletal pathology.
Do you only perform physical therapy services?
No. We can give you much more than physical therapy. Other services include nutritional counseling, custom foot orthotics and sport specific strength and conditioning programs.
What will I do on my first visit?
Plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to the start of your appointment to complete your new patient paperwork. Bring your physician's referral and your insurance card (if applicable) and wear comfortable clothes that you would normally exercise in and have access to the injured area for evaluation. You will be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist, which will include time for your therapist to get to know you so that they may better understand your injury. Each patient's situation is unique, and your plan of care will be set up just for you. Future visits will be discussed. As a courtesy to other patients, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make your scheduled appointment.
What are my options when I have completed my therapy?
Novant Health Lakeside Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine offers a graduate fitness program for patients to continue their exercise program and get guidance from their therapy team on a month-to-month basis. The Huntersville Aquatic Center also offers a three-month medical membership in a partnership with Novant Health Lakeside Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine that allows your physical therapist to directly communicate with a certified personal trainer to continue your progression to meet your goals. Ask your therapist for details when you are close to discharge for details.
Do you perform speaking engagements for high schools?
Yes. If you are a member of the Huntersville or surrounding community and you would like us to speak to your booster club on common athletic injuries, nutrition, environmental factors or a specific topic, please call us and schedule an appointment.