Fremont Therapy & Wellness - Most Common Questions
Does insurance cover therapy services?
Most insurance companies have a therapy benefit for Physical & Occupational Therapy services in their plans. Benefits vary plan to plan. Insurance companies may have a out of pocket deductible that patients may need to be meet prior to the insurance company paying for any medical services...including therapy. In addition, some plans have a limited number of visits covered by insurance. Medicare has a specific "allotted" amount of therapy money to cover outpatient therapy services which is different for both physical therapy & occupational therapy. Feel free to contact Fremont Therapy & Wellness office regarding your therapy needs as well as insurance benefits. We are in contract with many major medical insurance companies in the area.
How do I schedule therapy and what do I need? ?
You can schedule your initial visit by calling our clinic at: 402-512-3893 and providing us with some of your basic information. We ask that you plan to arrive 15 min prior to your appointment to fill out paperwork and review insurance with our front desk staff. Your initial evaluation will be around an hour appointment with follow up visits 45 min - 1 hour in length. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring shorts if possible for knee and hip injuries. If you are scheduled for aquatic therapy we recommend you bring your swimsuit (or t-shirt and shorts) for the initial visit if there is time for a introduction and portion of a treatment.
How long will I need therapy?
Each patient's plan of care will vary. With our experience we can typically give you a basic visit number, or treatment plan we will follow...so you know how long you will be in therapy after your initial visit. Your physician may also determine how many visits you will be seen inmtherapy due to your diagnosis and what is written on your prescription. If your issue is not resolving as it should, or there are additional concerns or findings, we will set up a follow up with your physician or help guide you to other services that may help you to continue to move forward in your journey to health.
Do I need a prescription for physical or occupational therapy?
Nebraska is a Direct Access State... which means that it's your choice for you to choose who you receive therapy services from and you do not need a physician prescription. However, in order for some insurances to cover therapy services (including Medicare) you may be required to have a physician prescription.
In addition, if you receive a prescription for therapy from your physician written on another therapy clinic's prescription pad, that doesn't mean you have to attend that therapy clinic. It's your choice where you go for therapy services and for you to determine the best therapy services for you.
What does the Wellness portion consist of?
At Fremont Therapy & Wellness we understand that often times insurance can limit visits and that not everyone has access to fitness equipment that can help them maximize their recovery. Our Wellness portion allows us to customize utilization of our additional gym space and equipment for you during and after your therapy sessions. Our Wellness program is available to current and past patients.
Our Wellness Program allows for packages with following options:
- For current patients: FREE continued general utilization of equipment (excluding Aquatic therapy) on non-therapy days during business hours.
- General utilization of fitness equipment before and after your therapy session for general fitness (say you are being treated for your shoulder, but still want to get a bike workout or lift weights while you are already here).
- Aquatic Treadmill cash based packages for continued benefits such as severe osteoarthritis, post 1/2 or full marathon recovery runs.
*** For current packages/plans please contact us***
What if I don't have insurance?
If you do not have insurance, or if you elect to receive services/techniques that may not be covered by your insurance (such as Dry Needling) or you choose not to file your services with insurance we do offer a cash based rate for patients. Please stop in to discuss your personal needs and our cash based services and rates.
Are there differences in physical therapists?
All therapists are required to have completed a physical therapy program and pass a national board test. Therapists that graduated 10+ years ago typically have a Master's of Physical Therapy. Newer therapists have a Doctorate of Physical Therapy as all current programs have transitioned to this. Each therapist receives a similar basic foundation for all areas of physical therapy. However, over time, many therapists begin to focus on different treatment areas and techniques causing there to be differences in physical therapists. Physical therapists can vary significantly due to what their primary treatment area experience has been, continuing education classes they have taken and even specialty certifications. Physical therapists can specialize in several areas the most common are: Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) Geriatric Therapy (GCS), Sports Rehabilitation (SCS), Hand Therapy (CHT): Women’s Health (WCS), Pediatric Physical Therapy (PCS), and Postural Restoration Certified (PRC)
Fremont Therapy & Wellness Owner - Jeree Menning P.T. has been practicing physical therapy for 20+ years. Therapists pick up treatment techniques here and there from other therapists, co-workers, or you tube. You can be assured that Jeree has learned each of the certifications and techniques listed below through appropriate continuing education classes and "not just from a co-worker or off You Tube".
We believe that learning techniques the correct manner and with the correct training can only enhance the results the patient's receive and provide the safest and most effective treatment.
Jeree's specific treatment technique courses include:
- Graston Technique
- Aquatic Therapy Certification
- Postural Restoration - Level I Myokinematic Restoration
- Dry Needling
- LSVT Big - Parkinson's Certification
Jeree also has obtained her OCS and CSCS... what does that mean?
OCS stands for Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. This is a certification given by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialities and is achieved only by completing a list of rigorous requirements. To obtain this degree a therapist must have 2000 hours of clinical practice specifically in Orthopedic physical therapy. Once this is complete they can apply to take the nearly 8 hour exam covering all aspects of orthopedic diagnoses, treatment and physical therapy patient care. Only the top 2% of physical therapists in the country have this certification.
CSCS - The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes. Many different professions can obtain this certification to add to their credentials including Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapy Assistants, Chiropractors, and Coaches. Requirements for a CSCS are a Bachelors degree and passing a 4-6 hr computer exam.