FORMS & PROCESS
THE REFERRAL PROCESS
Washington State allows individuals to refer themselves to physical therapy, however many health insurance plans will only cover physical therapy services when the process includes a referral or prescription for physical therapy from an approved health care practitioner. These practitioners include medical doctors, chiropractors, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, naturopathic physicians and podiatrists. We accept most major insurance companies. If you have health insurance, you may contact your provider to determine the requirements of your plan and whether or not you need a prescription to have the services covered.
If your insurance requires a prescription, contact us once you have obtained one from your health care practitioner by calling us at 206-322-2842.
If you do not need a prescription, or do not have insurance and would like to self-refer in a self-payment situation, please call us at 206-322-2842. Please ask about our self-payment arrangements.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
The initial evaluation will last approximately one hour and comfortable clothing is the best option, including shorts and a sports bra if this is appropriate. Also please bring in your walking, running or athletic footwear as we may want to evaluate your walking and /or running. The evaluation will focus on your medical history and your current issues. We will examine your flexibility, strength and ability to complete your functional activities. Depending on the prescription and your situation we will develop a treatment plan with you and decide on the appropriate frequency and duration for your future visits. Most commonly we will see you 1-2 times per week, or as your health care practitioner recommends, for one hour sessions. For more information see the What is Physical Therapy section.