ELITE

PATIENT CENTER

We Have You and Your Family Covered.

We are here to help you enjoy your life, pain-free! 


To make a convenient appointment, click Schedule An Appointmentat the top of the page, or simply call us today 318-443-3311.  Our practice is dedicated to helping our patients identify the cause of their pain and creating a custom treatment program that will allow them to return to normal activities pain-free.

Once you’re appointment is scheduled, you will find all the info you need on this page to make your visit “pain-free”!

What To Expect

  • Before Your First Visit

    Make a list of questions that you have to discuss on your first visit.
    List signs and symptoms that can be of importance to our physical therapist.
  • On Your First Visit

    You will register with our friendly front office staff. They will help you navigate the insurance process and treatment program so you can focus on your recovery.
  • Insurance

    When you need pain relief, we want to help you get that relief as quickly as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Elite Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals
who are dedicated to helping their patients get results. We believe that answering your questions is an important
part of physical therapy. We will answer some of your most frequently asked questions because
we want you to feel comfortable enough to give us a call when you need physical therapy.
1
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physical therapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians. Our physical therapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it.

While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, your physical therapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.

 
2
How do I know if physical therapy will help me?
Working with you and your doctor, we can discuss your options and help determine if physical therapy will be the right choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your current condition and even set up a free consultation if you choose.
3
Can I go to any physical therapy I choose?
As a patient you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. At ELITE Physical Therapy, you will receive the highest quality “elite” care while achieving the results you need.  We pride ourselves on providing a positive, encouraging environment with well-trained, friendly staff.  We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life. Without tooting our own horn, we offer one on one treatment times with a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. Nothing at Elite is cookie cutter, we take pride in providing each patient their own unique experience. Also, WE ARE PASSIONATE TO GET YOU BETTER!
4
Why should I choose a Private Practice Physical Therapist?
Who is better to see, a PT that works for a physician or a PT that owns a private practice? We leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions but here are some facts. The studies indicate there were more treatments (visits per patient were 39% to 45% higher in physician owned clinics) and the cost was greater for those patients that attended a physician owned physical therapy practice (both gross and net revenue per patient were 30% to 40% higher)1.

Another study indicated that licensed and non-licensed therapy providers spent less time with each patient in physician owned clinics and physical therapy assistants were substituted for physical therapists.2
Another older study concluded that "Therapists who had treated patients through direct access were significantly more likely to believe that direct access had benefited them professionally and benefited their patients than were therapists who had not practiced through direct access."3

We believe that we can provide you with the highest quality of care available and do it in a cost-effective manner.4 You will work closely with your physical therapist and in most instances, your case will be managed by the same physical therapist from the beginning to the end of your experience with us.

Mitchell, J., Scott, E., Physician Ownership of Physical Therapy Services: Effects on Charges, Utilization, Profits, and Service Characteristics, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992.

"Joint Ventures Among Health Care Providers in Florida," State of Florida Health Care Cost Containment Board, 1991.

Domholdt E, Durchholz AG. Direct access use by experienced therapists in states with direct access. Phys Ther. 1992 Aug;72(8):569-74

Federal Office of the Inspector General May 1, 2006 - This report calls into question billing processes done by non-physical therapist owned practices.
5
My Physician referred me to another Physical Therapy Clinic. Can I still come to ELITE for Physical Therapy?
Of course! As a patient you have the right to receive physical therapy at any place you choose. If you feel that ELITE Physical Therapy is a better match for your needs, you may bring your physician’s referral to us and we will honor it. We will also be happy to speak with your physician about your choice, if needed. At ELITE Physical Therapy, you will receive the highest quality care while achieving the results you need. We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life.
 
6
Do I need a physician’s referral for physical therapy?
Schedule a consultation today without a prescription!

No. Louisiana is now a “DIRECT ACCESS” state.  As of June 2106, legislation in Louisiana was passed allowing licensed physical therapists to evaluate and treat patients without first seeing a physician. As a “Direct Access” patient, you do not need a prescription from your physician to receive out-patient physical therapy

You may start treatment the minute you feel pain! Schedule a consultation today without a prescription!
7
How do I schedule an appointment?
Our scheduling is easy and we offer a convenient location and appointment times for you. We have morning and evening appointments available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Call us today at 318-443-3311 or simply fill click the schedule an appointment button at the top of this page.
 
8
How soon can I schedule a Physical Therapy Evaluation?
For new patients with flexible schedules, we generally have open availability for physical therapy evaluations between 24 and 48 hours from the time you call us to schedule. If your schedule is more limited, or if you have a particular physical therapist in mind, we may have to look farther in the future to accommodate an evaluation that matches your needs.
 
9
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please have your prescription and insurance card available when you call. This will allow us to verify your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of coverage.

To bring on your first visit:
  • A prescription/referral (if needed) for physical therapy from your referring physician, ARNP, or PA.
  • Insurance information (we will make a copy of your card).
  • Print out the patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.
  • In case of an automobile accident or worker’s compensation claim, also bring any attorney, case manager or insurance adjuster contact names, phone numbers, and claim number.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any remaining paperwork, so you can maximize your time in your evaluation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your problem areas.
See our What to Expect section for more details.
 
10
Should I bring any X-rays and MRI reports with me?
Yes, please do. Although we can request these from your doctor or lab facility, it is better if you provide them for us during your first visit so that we can perform a more complete and accurate evaluation.
 
11
Will it hurt?
Physical therapy is not meant to hurt, but to relieve pain. However, as you restore your mobility, pain levels, at times can fluctuate. You might experience some temporary soreness from using muscles that are weakened or recovering. This is a normal response to therapy treatment. Good communication with your therapist will help minimize any discomfort. We want you on your way to quick pain relief and back to normal activities.
 
12
Does insurance cover my treatment?
Yes, in most cases it does. Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy. For more information, visit our insurance plan page and please do not hesitate to contact our office. We do offer different payment options for your convenience.
 
13
What if I don’t have insurance?
For patients who do not have insurance, we offer a discounted fee, due at the time of service. Without insurance, it is $100 for your evaluation and $75 for each visit afterward. Please see our insurance page for more information. 
 
14
What type of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, debit card, and credit card. We are happy to discuss payment plan options as well. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service. Your insurance benefits will be determined before your second visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.
 
15
What do I wear?
Dress comfortably with clothes that allow easy access for the therapist to examine your problem areas. For treatments, loose-fitting clothes that are comfortable for gentle exercises and supportive sneakers are often good choices to wear.
 
16
How long will my therapy sessions last?
Typically, the first session lasts for approximately 1 hour. Each session after that may be 45-60 minutes. The amount of time will be based on your specific needs, and your therapist will discuss this with you.
 
17
How many sessions will I have?
Each patient’s diagnosis is different, so together with your referring physician, your therapist will develop a plan of care that is right for you. Your plan of care and number of visits will be determined during your first visit and explained to you by your physical therapist.
 
18
What types of education/training do your therapists have?
Physical therapists have years of university level training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology (study of joint movement), neurology, and many of the other medical sciences. Our physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and are state licensed. The physical therapy program is a doctorate level degree. Rest assured, your therapist is well trained to evaluate and treat your condition.
 
19
Do you offer programs for me once I’m better?
Yes, once you have completed your therapy sessions, your therapist will review your continuing home program.  We can make arrangements to meet you at your gym to work with you on determining what equipment may be beneficial, and what exercises would be helpful in your continued recovery.
 
20
What happens if my problem or pain returns?
Flare ups are not uncommon. If you have a flare up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine.
 
21
I’m running late! What do I do?
Call us or text our office line right away and let us know how late you think you’ll be. Depending on how late you’re running, we will do the following: Less Than 15 mins: We will alert your physical therapist that you’re running behind schedule. More Than 15 mins: At this point, your physical therapist will try their best to work you in but your appointment time or wait may be extended.
 
22
I just found out I can’t make my next appointment. What do I do?
Give us a call right away or text our office line right away. We will take your appointment off the schedule, move it to another open appointment that is more convenient for you. If we can reschedule you to another appointment the same day we will definitely try.  Your treatment plan whether two or three days per week has been established by your physical therapist to get you back to your regular activities as quickly as possible. Please attempt to maintain the schedule laid out by your therapist. Missing appointments may impede that process and prolong your recovery.

Request Medical Records

All patient health care information at Elite Physical Therapy is confidential. Therefore, medical records cannot be released without the authorization of the patient or the patient's legally authorized representative. If you would like to REQUEST your Elite medical records to be SENT TO your physician or your medical records to be sent FROM your physician to bring to Elite, please download and complete the appropriate form.

Please note a reasonable fee is associated for the preparation of your medical records request for Self/Patient requests.

For questions regarding your medical records request, please call 318-443-3311, Monday – Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday between 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

***Faxing the form to us at 318-443-0023 is the fastest and easiest way to expedite your request.

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