Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What to Expect at Your First Visit?
A skilled, licensed physical therapist will complete a thorough evaluation of your child and then discuss the clinical findings with the parent and develop and initial plan of care with a customized home program.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring a blanket and any favorite toys your child has.
How long will each treatment last?
Treatment sessions typically last 50-60 minutes per visit.
How many visits will I need?

The number of visits depends on the diagnosis, the age of child at the start of treatment, and severity of the condition. The plan of care for your child will be discuss after the initial physical therapy evaluation.

Our goal is to maximize your child’s care in the shortest time frame without compromising quality of care and best outcomes. The sooner PT is started the better the outcomes and the shorter the overall course of treatment intervention.

Why is physical therapy the best choice addressing torticollis, plagiocephaly, and motor skills delay?

Looking Ahead Pediatric Physical Therapists are experts at evaluating and treating head shape asymmetry, developmental motor skills delay, and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Practice Guidelines, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures Guidelines recommend a referral to a skilled pediatric physical therapist to evaluate and treat infants and children with head shape asymmetry and neck tightness/weakness as soon as any one of these concerns are observed by the parent or healthcare professional.
What Do Pediatric Physical Therapists Do?

Pediatric physical therapists are skilled experts in movement and function for children birth to 18 years of age. We work with infants and children and their families to facilitate motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and ease challenges with daily skills.

We work with children who are experiencing illnesses, injuries, or conditions that limit their ability to move or function in their daily life. We provide services aimed to improve mobility, develop or restore function, alleviate pain, prevent or decrease permanent physical disabilities, and promote overall health and wellness.

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WHY IS YOUR CHILD REFERRED TO LOOKING AHEAD PEDIATRIC P.T.?
Your child may be referred to physical therapy because of concerns regarding your child’s head shape, difficulty with moving his/her head and neck equally, and/or difficulty with learning typical skills for their age (e.g., difficulty with tummy time, difficulty with reaching for toys with both hands, difficulty learning to crawl, etc.).
DOES MY INSURANCE COVER PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Looking Ahead Pediatric Physical Therapy is an in-network provider with Blue Cross, CIGNA, AETNA, and UNITED HEALTHCARE. Physical therapy is typically a covered benefit with these insurance companies, but the coverage will vary depending on your plan. If you do not have one of these insurance carriers, Looking Ahead Pediatric P.T. offers self-pay rates.
WHO WILL TREAT MY CHILD?

Looking Ahead Pediatric P.T. employs only highly trained licensed pediatric physical therapists. We do not have physical therapy assistants or aides. Your child will be treated in a one-on-one setting. We encourage parents to be a an active part of the physical therapy sessions.

Is physical therapy painful?
Physical therapy intervention SHOULD NOT be painful for your child. Parents often report their child taking “great naps” after his/her physical therapy session. This is due to the fact that your child is participating in a specialize, one-on-one, “personal training exercise session”.
What types of treatments will I receive?
Each child’s treatment intervention is customized to their needs. This may include the following: Stretching/flexibility exercises, Range of Motion,Soft Tissue Mobilization, Strengthening exercise, taping, Gross and Fine Motor skills, and parent/caregiver education.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD’S PROBLEMS RETURN?
At Looking Ahead Pediatric P.T. we rarely have children return to physical therapy for the same problem. It is our goal to ensure that your child has met all their goals and demonstrated consistently symmetrical strength, mobility, and functional at the time of “graduation” to avoid this from happening.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE IF MY CHILD NEEDS A HELMET and will my insurance cover it?

At the initial evaluation, several objective measurements will be taken to best assess your child’s head shape and compared to standard scales. We will formally remeasure your child’s head shape on a monthly basis and provide our professional recommendation on whether you should consider pursuing a helmet based on your child’s age, neck strength and mobility, functional skills, daily lifestyle, and parent preference.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER A HELMET?

Helmets, known as custom cranial remodeling orthosis (CRO), can be covered under your insurance plan but the coverage will vary depending on your specific plan. Often, insurance companies are more willing to consider covering a helmet if your child has FIRST participated in direct physical therapy.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR TO GO TO PHYSICAL THERAPY?
No. TN allows direct access to physical therapy.
How does the billing process work?

Billing for physical therapy services is similar to what happens at your doctor's office. Claims will be submitted electronically to your insurance company and the payer will make payments according to an agreed upon fee schedule with Looking Ahead Pediatric P.T. The patient is expected to make the payment on the balance if any.

Copays/Coinsurances should be made at the time services are provided.

What will I have to do after physical therapy?
Enjoy playing and watching your child grow and develop. If you notice your child having difficulty with achieving any gross or fine motor skills please contact us.
Is my therapist licensed?
Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed in all 50 states.
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