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How Much Does Physical Therapy Cost?

$20 – $55 (Copay With Insurance)
$75 – $150 (Without Insurance)

Physical therapy costs from $20 to $150 per session on average depending on the extent of your injury and if you have insurance coverage. With insurance, rates range from a $20 to $55 co-pay after you've paid your deductible, and between $75 to $150 if you're paying without insurance. Get free estimates from physical therapists near you.

Physical Therapy Cost

The average cost of physical therapy can range from $20 to $350 per session with most paying $30 with insurance, and $125 per session without insurance. Physical therapy fees include the initial assessment, use of any special equipment, and depends on the type of injury and treatment received. Also, the number of sessions prescribed will determine your total costs.

Average Physical Therapy Cost Per Session - With and Without Insurance Prices Chart

Physical Therapy Cost
National Average Cost $75
Minimum Cost $20
Maximum Cost $350
Average Range $50 to $125

When suffering from a recent injury, chronic pain, or limited mobility, a physical therapist can help you manage your pain through science-based exercises called PT sessions. If you're suffering from a chronic illness such as osteoarthritis, or a neurological disorder, such as a stroke, your primary care doctor may refer you to a physical therapist for rehabilitation.

Patients use physical therapy to recover from surgery, increase mobility, and improve strength or balance. Physical therapy is known to restore physical functions by targeting specific muscle groups or joints. Let's take a look at all the factors that affect the costs of treatment.

Table of Contents

  1. Physical Therapy Cost
  2. Physical Therapy Prices By Injury Location
  3. How To Reduce The Cost of Treatment
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Physiotherapy Vs. Physical Therapy
  6. Choosing A Physical Therapist
  7. Physical Therapy Near Me

Physical Therapy Session Cost

Costs for physical therapy depend on if you are paying out-of-pocket or have a health insurance plan that offers a co-pay such as Cigna or Blue Cross Blue Shield. Discounts are usually available for long-term treatment plans.

Physical Therapy Session Cost
Insurance Cost Per Session
With Insurance $20 – $55
Without Insurance $75 – $150

During a session, your physical therapist will assess your health and prescribe a therapeutic exercise plan to help you start moving and regaining your strength safely. The physical therapist will safely coach you with the aid of medical exercise equipment such as medicine balls, treadmills, weights, resistance bands, and isometric exercises.

Physical Therapist Helping Patient With Chronic Lower Back Pain Walk Again After Injury

A typical physical therapy appointment lasts between 30 to 120 minutes, with most billing on a per hour basis depending on your specific treatment needs. Many physical therapists work together with your primary doctor or specialist to accurately diagnose and prescribe medications.

Depending on your specific needs, you may need a physical therapist that specializes in pediatrics, sports medicine, elderly care, ultrasound treatment for strained muscles, or gait training.

After a surgery or injury, most physical therapists will recommend that you wait anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks before your first physical therapy session. Any swelling needs to go down first to prevent injuring yourself further in your sessions.

Physical Therapy Costs With Insurance

Physical therapy with insurance costs a co-pay of $20 to $55 per session or coinsurance of 10%-50% or more. Health insurance companies cover 50 to 75 percent of the costs when medically necessary. However, coverage begins after you've paid the yearly deductible, which ranges from $250 to $1,250 or more.

Typically, your health care provider will require a referral from a specialist or primary care physician for the treatment can be covered or reimbursed. Restrictions may apply according to which hospitals or treatment centers you visit. If your insurance requires a high deductible, consider getting a new insurance provider instead of a new physical therapist.

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The standard Medicare coverage has traditionally been between $26 and $30 for each weighted procedure, resulting in an average PT session cost of $100. Those with an original Medicare plan have full coverage for the average cost of physical therapy visits up to a total of $2,040. If you spend beyond that, then you need a physician's proof that your physical therapy is medically necessary to get additional coverage.

While the cost is lower with insurance, it's often not free for most people. Usually, your copayments and your insurance premium payments do not count toward your deductible, which must be paid first before insurance starts covering. If you have a plan with an out-of-pocket maximum, then your insurance covers all of your medical costs once you've spent this maximum amount within a year.

Average Cost Of Physical Therapy Without Insurance

The average cost of physical therapy without insurance is $75 to $150 per session according to the severity of your injury. Standard out-of-pocket rates for an initial evaluation assessment is $150, or about $225 for one consultation and one training session. Each type of physical therapy procedure during your sessions has different costs.

In-Home Physical Therapy Cost

The average cost for private in-home physical therapy is around $100 to $150 per visit, which covers the added transportation expenses of coming to your home. Home health physical therapy rates are $125 without insurance coverage to treat ACL injuries or provide post-operative care.

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Physical Therapy Prices By Injury Location

Your initial evaluation with the therapist can cost $150 or more. They assess what kind of treatments you need as well as the length of your sessions. Each procedure comes at a different price. You could pay around $115 for each quarter-hour of gait training, for instance.

Some PT charges that can cost between $75 and $135 per 15 minutes include electronic stimulation, manual therapy, functional training, and other therapeutic exercises with or without weights and other props. You might spend between $50 and $150 for sessions with cervical traction and other supervised exercises. Check out our physical therapy price list by type below.

Physical Therapy For Knees

The average physical therapy cost for knee injuries is around $100 per session when paying out-of-pocket. When covered by insurance, co-pays for sessions are often between $25 to $68.

With an insurance plan from Aetna, your total knee physical therapy cost could become free after you've had five sessions within a year. Recovery time for knee injuries is up to six weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. With the proper knee exercises and strength training, patients often have pain relief within a couple of weeks.

Physical Therapist Evaluating Patient's Joint and Knee Pain

Physical Therapy Price For Back Pain

According to The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapy for chronic or lower back pain costs $126 per session with most spending between $1,000 and $1,260 for around 8 to 10 sessions of treatment over six weeks.

Depending on whether or not you've had surgery on your back, you may need several months of sessions to recover fully. Physical therapists advise doing simple exercises and stretches to help decompress your spine and relieve common causes of low back pain.

Rotator Cuff Physical Therapy

If you pay in cash, then the physical therapy cost for rotator cuff injuries can cost around $100 for your evaluation and first session, plus $50 for further appointments. On average, the total recovery time is about six months.

According to a survey published by The United States National Library of Medicine, the cumulative cost of physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery is between $2,800 to $3,300. These figures include the total cost of post-operative physical therapy for patients who'd had a surgical rotator cuff repair.

In recent years, doctors have found it better to have patients keep their arms inside a sling to rest entirely for six weeks after rotator cuff surgery. Then they can begin passive-motion therapy. The previous practice of keeping an arm in a sling for only ten days seems to slow down patient recovery, causing more injuries and inflammation.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

The cost of pelvic floor physical therapy is $225 for the first consultation and then $180 after that for each 45-minute session for women who are pregnant or have delivered a child. In a pelvic-floor rehabilitation program to improve bladder health, sessions may cost anywhere from $400 to $600.

Many patients struggling with incontinence prefer paying the lower pelvic floor physical therapy costs since they can prevent the need for surgery. Incontinence surgeries can range from $1,000 to $10,000.

The health of the pelvic floor muscle group is important for bladder control, relieving constipation, and overall reproductive health in men and women. Sometimes pelvic-floor physical therapy sessions could be part of a larger treatment plan supervised by mental health professionals, general physicians, and even sex therapists.

Additional Costs

You could spend between $25 to $100 or more per accessory to continue your physical therapy treatment program by exercising at home. More-expensive equipment like supportive treadmills is generally available for use at your sessions when you visit the physical therapist's office.

However, other physical therapy aids for home use can be quite affordable. Specialized range-of-motion exercises, resistance bands, exercise balls, rotating tables with adjustable heights as well as hot and cold packs can all help you to rebuild strength in your recovering muscle tissues and ligaments.

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How To Reduce The Cost of Physical Therapy Treatment

Follow these tips that many people haven't heard of to save money on your physical therapy:

Private Pay Physical Therapy

If your insurance doesn't cover physical therapy, the cost of private pay physical therapy can be 30 to 50 percent less when you pay in cash. It is often rare for an insurance company to cover your total cost of physical therapy, so you can offer to pay cash upfront to get a discount. Many clinics appreciate when you pay in cash because it saves them money in the billing process.

Exercising At Home

You can reduce your total expense for physical rehabilitation from $500 a week to $200 or less by committing to doing your recovery exercises at home. The harder you work on your own, the less physical rehabilitation appointments you'll need to pay for.

Take notes during your sessions so that you can continue these exercises every day. That way, you'll only require a few sessions to learn the muscle training exercises properly. Ask your physical trainer if you can film them with your phone while they demonstrate the movements if it's difficult for you to take notes. Then you can watch your recording later to help you remember. You can ask a family member or friend to help you at home with your recovery training if you need assistance.

Stay In-Network

If your insurance provider covers you, they likely already have a list of preferred providers to select from. Staying in-network and selecting one of these medical professionals is a great way to save money.

Today, more health insurance companies are promoting patients to seek out physical therapy treatments first. Statistics show that patients who begin treatment with physical therapy pay up to 50 percent less than what they would typically pay for additional MRI scans, opioid prescriptions, etc.

In some cases, patients who stick to a physical therapy regimen also avoid the even higher costs of surgery. Therefore, the insurance company Humana no longer has a preauthorization requirement for outpatient physical therapy.

Alternative Care

If your insurance coverage doesn't extend to physical therapy, then seek out community clinics or other healthcare facilities that can provide low-cost physical therapy treatments.

When a doctor prescribes physical therapy for your condition, ask about alternative physical therapy services with sliding scale fees. That way, you will only pay what you can afford according to your current income.

Alternatively, you can visit physical therapy institutes or training centers that sometimes offer free supervised physical therapy sessions to train their students.

In some cases, you can request your physician to send a letter to your insurance company on your behalf. If they explain why you need these physical therapy sessions, then your insurance company may agree to provide coverage for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are common questions we have received from patients:

Why is physical therapy important?

Physical therapy can help you recover your movement and strength by moving your body in a safe and healing way. Patients of all ages, from children to seniors, are prescribed physical therapy to rebuild muscle, ease stiff joints, and restore their flexibility from science-based exercises.

What exactly does a physical therapist do?

Physical therapists treat patients that have chronic conditions, illnesses, injuries, or recovering from a surgery to help them manage their pain and improve their mobility. Physical therapy can help patients who are faced with neurological disorders or provide relief from arthritis.

A physical therapist uses physical movement and therapeutic exercise equipment such as treadmills, medicine balls, weights, and more to help provide pain relief. When necessary, a physical therapist will work in tandem with doctors to prescribe medication.

What are the different types of physical therapy?

According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), physical therapists can choose from nine areas of specialization. To be board certified, physical therapists must complete 2,000 hours of specialty clinical work and pass an exam, in addition to earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

  1. Orthopedics
  2. Neurology
  3. Pediatrics
  4. Oncology
  5. Geriatrics
  6. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  7. Clinical Electrophysiology
  8. Sports Medicine
  9. Women's Health

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Physiotherapy Vs. Physical Therapy

While physiotherapists and physical therapists use similar treatment methods, electrotherapy treatments are more common among therapists in the United States. Also, a physiotherapist who works at a chiropractor's office can start treating patients within a few days after their injury. That's because the physiotherapist often has more training dealing with chronic nerve pain and soft tissue healing.

The terminology of your therapist and the average cost of physiotherapy sessions will change depending on your location. For example, in the United Kingdom, there are only physiotherapists. The same is true in Australia, Canada and most of Europe. They do not generally use the term "physical therapists" as is more prevalent in the United States.

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Choosing A Physical Therapist

When you're suffering from chronic pain, limited mobility, or interested in rehabilitating a long-term injury hiring a physical therapist will help. Physical therapists complete six to seven years of education studying physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, pharmacology, and neuroscience, including obtaining a 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Also, physical therapists must complete at least 2,000 hours of supervised clinical work, including orthopedic and acute care, and complete an exam.

  • Physical therapists are required to be licensed. Always check with your state's licensing board to verify.
  • Look for positive reviews on Thervo and Google.
  • Look for a physical therapist that specializes in your specific problem, such as knees, or lower back pain. If you are rehabilitating from a common injury, you may not need a specialist.
  • Check with your insurance provider first for a list of in-network therapists that are covered.
  • Ask your primary care doctor for a referral, especially if your insurance provider requires one for coverage.
  • Be sure to call or meet with multiple physical therapists to make sure it's a good fit.

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