Getting started with pediatric floor physical therapy
In the state of New York, you have limited direct access to treatment by a physical therapist without a physician referral. This means you can get started with treatment ASAP. Be sure to check your health insurance guidelines they may require a prescription for reimbursement. If you come to therapy without a previous medical assessment, we may request a visit to your healthcare provider if the therapist feels it is in your best interest. Discuss your condition with your healthcare provider and ask for a referral.
To schedule an appointment, call (914) 713-5078, or complete the contact form. Once you have scheduled your appointment, please read and completed the appropriate patient information and determine what your out of network insurance benefit is prior to your first visit.
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What to expect at your child’s initial visit
A comprehensive physical examination will be performed including an assessment of your child’s posture, flexibility, balance, and coordination. A pelvic floor muscle visual evaluation will then be conducted to observe the integrity of your child’s skin, ability to contract the pelvic floor muscles correctly, and to check for normal sensation/reflexes of the anus with a light external touch. There are absolutely NO internal vaginal or rectal exams performed by physical therapists in the pediatric population. Your therapist may choose to perform a biofeedback evaluation to assess the muscle activity of your child’s pelvic floor. This involves the use of external muscle sensors near the rectal opening which enable you to see how your child’s muscles are responding on a computer. All initial visits are 60 minutes long and are performed with a parent or guardian present.
How long will my child need therapy?
While total length of treatment varies from child to child, a course of treatment may last 2-5 weeks. Follow up visits are 60 minutes.