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Preparing for your first appointment

At Hernandez Therapy Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL, our physical therapy team is committed to finding the root cause of your condition and developing a treatment plan to help you return to a fulfilling and active lifestyle.

Here’s a list of some things you’ll need at your appointment:

  • To enable time to complete your paperwork, arrive 15 minutes early for your first visit.
  • Do you have any questions? Make a list of questions you’d like to ask during your first meeting.
  • Bring all of your documents with you. This includes a photo ID and a copy of your insurance card.
  • Please call our office ahead of time to verify your insurance benefits at (754) 220-6493.
  • Prepare to talk about your medical history, previous treatments, current medications, and other relevant details.
  • Make a list of things the therapist should be aware of:
    • Describe any symptoms or limitations you have been dealing with
    • What activities, positions or movements make you worse (and better)?
    • How long have you been working on this specific problem?
    • Have you ever had similar problems?

Direct Access

Did You Know You Can See a Physical Therapist Without a Referral

It may surprise you to learn that you can go directly to your physical therapist when dealing with pain or an injury. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with an old or new problem. In all 50 states, you can schedule a visit with one of our therapists to get help sooner than later.

In the medical community, Direct Access is the ability to see a physical therapist when you want to without getting permission from your physician or medical practitioner.

Physical therapists routinely assess and treat patients without a physician’s recommendation. You can call (754) 220-6493 directly at Hernandez Therapy Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and we’ll schedule your appointment today! Direct Access eliminates wasting your time for the appointment to see a doctor, then the delays in getting a referral to physical therapy and waiting for an appointment to see the therapist.

Payment Options

Do any of these policies cover you? For your convenience, we have provided a list of our most popular in-network plans; however, this is only a partial list!

Please call our office at (754) 220-6493 to confirm other insurance plans.

  • Sunshine
  • First Help (Aetna)

Hernandez Therapy Clinic accepts a wide range of health insurance policies, and we’re here to help you sort through the maze of claims and benefits. Please call beforehand to verify your health benefits and learn if treatment services will be subject to a charge, deductible, or coinsurance.

We also offer a private pay plan if you do not have health insurance or have exhausted your benefits.

Request an appointment today for additional information about our service rates and payment options!

Patient Testimonials

Professional, passionate, knowledgeable & caring!

The physical therapy team and specialists are so passionate and professional, I had low back pain, so I called the team to book an appointment to get a treatment and they changed my life.

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Alexandre M.

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I can walk again without pain!

I had a discomfort in my knee that started with mild pain and got to the point of not allowing me to walk properly. The attention is first class, Adrián the therapist is super friendly and of course, I must say that the discomfort subsided and I can walk perfectly.

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Ana C.R.

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Professional, caring & knowledgeable!

Mr.Hernanez and his teamwork are so professional and knowledgeable. They truly care and worry about patients’ treatments. The staff is super friendly and professional. I do highly recommend Hernandez Therapy Clinic to anyone looking to improve muscle strength as well as a pain-free life.

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Jorge M.I.

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Highly recommend!

Amazing staff and very professional. Definitely recommend.

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Keren H.

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Is it possible for Hernandez Therapy Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL to help someone you know?

Please share your experience with anybody who might benefit from physical therapy’s pain-relieving effects and recommend them to us today!

We wish to help as many people as possible in Fort Lauderdale, FL find pain relief and improve mobility.

Please fill out the form below if you know someone who could benefit from our services. We’ll get back to you with more information on how we can help!

FAQs

Can I Benefit From PT Treatments?

You certainly can!

Physical therapists are highly skilled at assessing the whole person. This means we look to identify all the factors related to your condition. We understand the interconnectedness of the body and how a problem in one area may be the symptom pointing to the source of the problem in an entirely different location.

We are also skilled at identifying whether or not you are dealing with “a” problem or multiple issues impacting you and your function.

Everyone can benefit from physical therapy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean physical therapy alone is all you need. We believe in collaborating with other healthcare professionals and working with you while working with another practitioner to help you get the results you deserve.

We can discuss your options and help you decide if physical therapy is right for you. Contact us today to learn how PT can help you and make an appointment with one of our dedicated staff members.

Can I Continue Seeing a Therapist Even When I Feel Better?

Absolutely!

Once you have finished your therapy sessions, you can continue to see your physical therapist. There are several different ways to do this, for example:

  • Your therapist will see you review and progress your at-home therapy program.
  • You can schedule a re-evaluation after a month to ensure you are still doing well and modify your home program as needed.
  • You can arrange to see your therapist regularly (i.e., every six months) for a consultation to assess your progress, ensure you are not regressing, and deal with anything new that may have started.

We can also arrange to meet you at your gym to work with you on determining what equipment and exercises would benefit your continued recovery.

Can My Physical Therapist Diagnose Me?

Yes and no!

This may be a bit confusing, but in most cases, the word “diagnosis” is exclusively for a physician. Although not everyone in healthcare knows this, for legal reasons, an official diagnosis comes from a physician.

That being said, physical therapists are often used to confirm or deny a diagnosis. As the physical therapy profession has grown, so has the respect and responsibility within the healthcare systems. So, technically speaking, a physical therapist will conduct an “assessment” of your situation to clarify your specific situation, and physical therapists are particularly skilled at getting to the root “cause” of your condition.

When you come for your initial session at Hernandez Therapy Clinic, your physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation that consists of a detailed history and a comprehensive physical examination. This first assessment establishes the severity of your injury or illness. It also helps establish the source of your symptoms and the factors contributing to your condition.

Physical therapists routinely collaborate with physicians to provide confirmation or potential contradictions to a diagnosis to ensure that your diagnosis is correct and your treatment plan is appropriate.

Do Physical Therapy Treatments Hurt?

Physical therapy is meant to alleviate pain rather than exacerbate it. However, your pain levels may fluctuate. Our therapists will clearly define what “normal” pain is and what is not normal. Some situations require exercises or other therapeutic actions that may elicit a pain response to facilitate improvements in your overall condition.

As a result of using weakened or recuperating muscles, you may suffer some momentary discomfort. Or for some, restoring the range of motion after surgery can be painful due to the nature of the condition. Unfortunately, it may be critical to your recovery to experience a temporary increase in your pain.

Although it may sound inappropriate, there are times when the increased pain early on can prevent more severe pain in the future.

Rest assured that we will do whatever we can to minimize your pain and avoid increasing it during your time in physical therapy. Communication with our therapist will help to reduce any discomfort you may feel during your physical therapy treatments.

We want you to be pain-free and return to normal activities as soon as possible. We will do what we can to prepare you for any discomfort you may experience.