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Congratulations on taking the first step towards prioritizing your health! We look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. While there will certainly be more questions in the future, please find some frequently asked questions below to get you started.

  • Do you accept insurance?
    Northlake Physical Therapy is an out-of-network provider and sessions are paid for upfront. After each session you will find a Superbill in the “Payment” section of your secure patient portal that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. We recommend calling your insurance provider to find out their policy for out of network reimbursement.
  • How much does it cost?
    Initial evaluation= $275.00 1 hour follow up session= $225.00 30 minute dry needling only session= $125.00
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), FSA/HSA, cash, and Venmo. Your preferred card can be uploaded into your secure patient portal for easy payment.
  • Do I need a prescription or referral?
    The state of Georgia allows direct access to physical therapy for all non-Medicare patients. With direct access, a patient can be seen for up to 8 visits without a prescription from a doctor. Dry needling is not allowed without a prescription. If you plan to receive dry needling, your referral should be uploaded into the “Documents” section of your secure patient portal.
  • How do I get a prescription for physical therapy?
    If you have seen a doctor, you can request a prescription. If you are not able to get a prescription from your doctor or have not seen a doctor, our office can provide you with a recommendation.
  • I have a prescription for physical therapy, but it is for a different physical therapy clinic. Can I still come to Northlake Physical Therapy?
    YES! You have the choice to go to any physical therapy clinic you choose
  • What should I wear?
    In order to easily gain access to the area needing treatment, we recommend a sports bra or tank top for upper body injuries, shorts for lower body injuries, and athletic shoes.
  • How many sessions will I need?
    At Northlake Physical Therapy we deliver high quality one-on-one care, which often translates into quicker results and fewer session than an average course of physical therapy. An individualized recommendation will be made following your first session. Typically, patients require between 4-8 sessions. A longer course of treatment may be recomended for chronic conditions.
  • What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
    Trigger point dry needling is the most effective and direct technique available for the treatment of myofascial trigger points.Dry needling involves the insertion of solid filament needles into the trigger point to produce a local twitch response (LTR) and restore the area muscle contracture to its ideal state. When a person experiences an LTR, they will often feel a cramping sensation or discomfort that lasts seconds in the referral pattern of the muscle being treated.
  • What is a trigger point?
    A trigger point is a localized palpable area of tenderness found within a muscle. The area of tenderness is caused by a heightened state of muscle activity that results in a small, sustained muscle contraction and the development of a taut band that will not relax volitionally. Muscle overload that results in trigger point formation can result from trauma, sustained positions, poor posture, repetitive motion, or strenuous exercise.
  • Why should trigger points be treated?
    Trigger points can cause localized or referred pain, and inhibit muscle strength, ROM, and function. The release of these nodules is essential for successful neuromuscular re-education and exercise initiation following injury as well as injury prevention.
  • What can I expect after a Dry Needling treatment?
    Most patients experience soreness that lasts a few hours to 2 days. To reduce soreness following dry needling it is helpful to continue to move. Please refer to the Dry Needling consent form in the "Documents" section of the secure patient portal for more information.
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