The average cost for physical therapy is $80 per visit. Hiring a physical therapist to help improve your mobility and function, you will likely spend between $70 and $150 per visit. The price of physical therapy can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local physical therapists or get free estimates from pros near you.
No matter how sore or damaged your joints and muscles are right now, a physical therapist can likely help improve your mobility and function with physical intervention. The breadth of services offered by physical therapists is usually excellent, and the average cost of therapy per visit is $80. Most clinics offer services that promote a holistic approach to physical wellness.
The main reason for the price variance in physical therapy treatment is in the therapy chosen. From massage to yoga to nutrition and acupuncture, the cost of training the therapist can dictate the end price. Factors that also affect price are the location, knowledge and experience, and reputation of the therapist or clinic. A physical therapy session usually runs from thirty minutes to two hours and is priced accordingly. Some sample pricing from around the country includes:
Many therapists will come to your home or office if the treatment, such as a massage, does not require the use of office equipment. The price will be higher, though, because of travel costs. An in-home visit is usually 1.5 times the cost of an office visit (average $120 per visit).
Many physical therapists will give a discount to new patients or to those who purchase a series of treatments. For instance, Freed Bodywork, Portland, OR charges $70/hour, $95/1.5 hours, $120/2 hours, with $10 off your first session. Others offer a customized family wellness plan, like North Tampa Spine and Joint Center, FL, with a pre-determined monthly payment.
Physical therapists work with most insurance companies, and they may or may not do the checking for you re what is covered. Are you in network or out of network? Does the clinic accept worker’s comp, auto claims, HSA (heath savings accounts), FSA (flexible spending accounts)? Will the clinic bill the insurance company directly or is payment due at time of service? Many will not accept Medicare or Medicaid coverage.
Many insurance plans won’t cover rehab if they don’t think the physical damage is bad enough, and if they do, it’s for a limited amount of time only. Your local clinic should be able to find out in advance exactly what you can receive in terms of short- and long-term therapy and help you fill out your claims forms.
Your insurance company gets to dictate how much of a copay and coinsurance you are responsible for. On average, you pay up to your deductible and then are responsible for 20% of all treatment after that.
Many physical therapy offices offer discounted services to clients who are willing to pay in cash or on the day of service. They are usually willing to set up flexible payment programs too. Stride Strong Physical Therapy in Portland, OR, charges $100/visit for cash-paying clients. Mobilize Physical Therapy in Seattle, WA, offers a cash-pay discount of 35% to those who pay on the day. Compared to what they charge insurance companies—approximately $220-275 per standard follow-up visit, and $330 for initial evaluations—that’s a significant saving.
Online ratings and reviews are one of the most efficient ways of assessing the quality and manner of a physical therapist. Many clients base their reviews on the degree of pain relief a physical therapist can bring, or the increase in quality of life, rather than the therapist’s number of years in practice and manner.
Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed by their respective states, and they can bring years of education and experience to their practices. For example, the owner of Primary Holistic Integrative Center in Brooklyn, NY, has a master’s in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, with a long list of additional certifications. The owner of Mindful Physical Therapy in Norwood, NJ, is a certified pilates and yoga instructor, and is also a certified reiki practitioner. She charges $180/hour for a home visit and $120/hour for an office visit.
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