Frequently Asked Questions

What extra safety precautions will you be taking during the Covid 19 pandemic? 

What I will do: To ensure your safety, I will be following all CDC guidelines. When visiting your home for a physical therapy visit I will be hand washing, wearing gloves and donning an N95 mask. Any equipment used will be disinfected between clients. I will also be traveling in my own vehicle to minimize risk of exposure on public transit. 

 

What I will ask of you: I will ask all of my clients to take their temperature before our visit and also to disclose if anyone else living in their home has a fever or symptoms of Covid 19 so that the appointment can be cancelled and rescheduled.  I will also ask that you wash your hands upon my arrival and wear a mask during the entirety of our session.  I know that this can be uncomfortable at times, but it is essential to keep us both safe and will be required for us to work together. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about safety precautions. 

Do you offer tele-health visits?

Yes.  If you are unable or do not feel comfortable meeting in person, please reach out to schedule a tele-health visit. Video calls can also be a great way to learn new exercises and self help pain-relieving strategies. And if you work from home and feel unwell in your space, I can provide remote assistance with your workstation ergonomic set-up. 

How long is each session? 

Sessions are generally one hour long, but this can sometimes depend on your condition and your schedule.

 

Can you come to my home or office?

Absolutely.

 

What areas do you service for home visits?

I see patients in most parts of Brooklyn. Please reach out to confirm if I travel to your area. 

Do you accept insurance?

I work with many different insurances. Please contact me so that I can verify your specific physical therapy benefits. 

Do you bring your own equipment?

Yes, I bring all of the equipment you’ll need. Equipment needs vary depending on the functional level of the patient and can include resistance bands, weights, foam rolls,  and balance training equipment. But my most valuable pieces of “equipment” are my hands! Applying precisely targeted manual techniques allow me to ensure proper muscle contraction and/or relaxation as is indicated for optimal results.   

 

What should I do to prepare for my first visit?

Please have any pertinent paperwork, if any,  (ie- doctor/midwife prescription, test results) that are relevant to your condition. Wear something comfortable that you can move around in and that will allow me to observe the problem and surrounding areas.  Patients being treated for pelvic floor conditions: Please have a towel and 2 pillows available for use during the session. 

What should I expect during my first visit?

During your first visit you can expect both an evaluation and initiation of treatment. I will be asking you questions about your condition and your health history and performing a thorough physical exam.  Once this is complete, I will begin treatment, including educating you about your condition and ways to minimize and prevent symptoms, as well as initiation of a  home program.  

 

Patients being treated for pelvic floor conditions:

The muscles of the pelvic floor are located between the pubic bone and tailbone and between the sits bones. Given their location,literally at the floor of your spine and pelvis, your postural alignment will be crucial in determining its function or dysfunction. During the first session, a musculoskeletal screen will be performed to evaluate for any mal-alignment as well as for any general muscle imbalances that may be contributing factors. In addition to an external exam of the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding tissues, an internal vaginal or rectal examination is often indicated. This may or may not be performed during the first session or at all during the course of treatment. This is determined on a case by case basis. 

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