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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I use Summit Physical Therapy as my physical therapy provider?

We have built a reputation in the Central New York region as being a clinic that can achieve a successful outcome with patients where others have failed. At Summit Physical Therapy we have 6 Physical Therapists with a combined experience of 75 years treating outpatient orthopedic patients.

As a patient you will receive an evaluation of your condition by a licensed physical therapist and that therapist will treat you from each day forward, tailoring and changing your program as needed. There will be no changing of clinicians from visit to visit as happens in some clinics, as this can result in confusion and frustration. You and your therapist will set treatment goals and both of you will work towards achieving those goals.

Q: What is physical therapy and how can it help me?

A physical therapist is a licensed health care professional who examines and evaluates a patient's condition and then plans and administers treatments to promote optimal health. Physical therapists seek to relieve pain, improve the body's movement and function, maintain cardiopulmonary function, restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function; and limit disabilities resulting from injury or disease. At Summit Physical Therapy, we work with patients who suffer from many conditions, including:

  • Body pains – Neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee, ankle, and foot
  • Postoperative conditions
  • Balance impairments: Gait, Vertigo
  • Muscle weakness
  • Frozen shoulder

We use non-invasive treatments including the McKenzie method and exercise to reduce pain and functional limitations as well as to restore movement. These treatments are evidence based on the medical literature.

Q: How are your physical therapists trained?

Physical therapists are required by law to graduate from an accredited Physical Therapy program. Today, physical therapists study at the graduate level graduating with a Clinical Doctorate degree to enter the physical therapy profession. Here at Summit our therapist’s are trained using the McKenzie Method. Our therapists have achieved the highest level of training in this approach, receiving the diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.

Q: What is the McKenzie Method?

Also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, the McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck and extremity problems. The key distinction is its initial assessment component—a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Rarely are expensive tests required, Certified MDT clinicians have a valid indicator to know right away whether—and how—the method will work for each patient.

Q: Are your physical therapists licensed?

By law, New York state board of physical therapy requires all physical therapists to be licensed once passing the licensure exam. Additionally, New York requires continuing education courses for therapists to maintain their license as well as continue to be current with the changes in their profession.

Q: Do I need a prescription for therapy or can I just schedule an appointment?

The law, Chapter 298 of the Laws of 2006, allows physical therapists with three years of practical experience to treat patients without a referral beginning November 23, 2006. It also requires physical therapists treating without a referral to provide certain information to the patient about the possibility that treatment without a referral may not be an expense covered by the patient's health care plan or insurer.

If you contact your insurance company and a referral is required the prescription must be from one of the following types of physicians:

  • MD – Medical Doctor of all specialties
  • DO – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • DPM – Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • ODS - Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • PA-Physician Assistant
  • NP- Nurse Practitioner

Q: How quickly can I schedule an appointment?

Summit Physical Therapy frequently offers same day appointments, or at least within 24 hours of referral. Our clinics offer early morning and evening hours to accommodate our patient’s schedules.

Q: Will my insurance cover physical therapy?

Summit Physical Therapy is a participating provider for most insurance plans. After you schedule your first appointment, our office manager verifies your physical therapy benefits. We work with you to ensure the appropriate benefit coverage.

For more information, please contact your insurance provider or your Summit physical therapy location. Our office manager will discuss your plan and coverage with you.

Q: Does Summit Physical Therapy accept worker’s compensation and No fault coverage?

We accept most workers compensation and no fault claims. Our staff will work with you and the parties involved ensuring coverage of necessary physical therapy.

Q: What should I expect during my first visit?

When you first arrive for your appointment, you must complete the appropriate paperwork as well as a national database questionnaire on the computer to track your progress. Next, a Summit physical therapist will review the information provided by your referring physician. Then the therapist will take your health history, observe your posture and movement, and evaluate your injury. Based on the findings, your therapist performs the appropriate physical therapy examination, develops an individualized treatment plan, and begins interventions.

Q: How long will my appointment take?

Your first visit will take from 1 to 1.5 hours, because of the time spent completing the necessary paperwork and obtaining your history. All other scheduled appointments typically last 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the involvement of your impairment.

Q: What should I wear to my appointment?

Depending upon the area of your body to be treated, it is recommended to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. We do provide gowns and shorts if needed as well as privacy to change.

Q: Will you communicate with my physician?

Summit physical therapy takes pride in its relationships with referring physicians and health care providers. Our therapists communicate with your physician about changes in treatment plans or when discovering unforeseen issues related to treatment.

Locations & Hours

Syracuse Physical Therapy1054 James St.
Syracuse, NY 13203
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T: (315) 422-2912
F: (315) 422-3538

Mon - Thu:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

103 West Seneca St.
Manlius, NY 13104
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T: (315) 682-3387
F: (315) 682-3392

Mon, Wed: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue, Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Additional times by appointment only.

Oswego Physical Therapy91 East 1st St.
Oswego, NY 13216
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T: (315) 216-6688
F: (315) 216-6703

Mon, Wed: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue, Thu: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

4136A State Route 31
Clay, NY 13041
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T: (315) 303-4212
F: (315) 303-4163

Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm