Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT WILL MY FIRST in person session BE LIKE?
You will be in a private treatment space, one-on-one with Amanda Fisher, PT, DPT, a licensed and board certified physical therapist. She will do a review of your medical history, a functional/ movement examination, an internal pelvic floor examination performed intravaginally or intrarectally to see how pelvic floor muscles are functioning (pelvic floor muscles are inside your pelvis), have a conversation about your goals for physical therapy, answer any questions you have, and develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based, holistic, and individualized to address your goals. Exams are as pain-free as possible; even patients with pelvic pain are surprised that a pelvic health evaluations are not as bad as she/he anticipated.
HOW LONG ARE APPOINTMENTS?
The initial evaluation will last approximately 60 minutes. This is the time that is reserved for you. Please come with your forms completed; if you need to fill the forms out when you arrive, this takes away from your evaluation and treatment time. Follow-up appointments can be scheduled for 55 minutes based on your treatment plan.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
Please call 816-607-1406. If your call is not answered, please leave a voicemail. Calls are returned within 1-2 business days.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
The clinic is open for appointments on Monday thru Thursday, 8am-4pm.
HOW MANY VISITS WILL I NEED TO GET BETTER?
Without an evaluation, this is hard to answer. Generally by the 4th to 6th visit you should see an improvement in your symptoms and function. Pelvic health patients are generally seen once a week for a month, then every other week for 2-4 additional visits. Orthopedic patients may require twice a week visits if their symptoms are acute. It is typical to have significant improvement by the 6th visit. However, some patients find that physical therapy on a monthly basis helps keep them functioning at the level they desire and will schedule “tune ups” accordingly. Some patients are better in 2 visits, some patients in 12. So much depends on the individual level of health, commitment to self-care, cause of dysfunction, and how many compensations have occurred over time. It can be a process but we will teach you how to manage symptoms at home with an individualized home exercise program.
DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FROM MY DOCTOR?
Yes. Missouri is a Direct Access state for physical therapy, where patients need a referral from a doctor for treatment, not evaluations. Patients are allowed to seek evaluation from a licensed physical therapist without a prescription or referral from a physician. However, if you plan on seeking reimbursement from insurance, your insurance provider may require a physician’s referral. You may self-refer, and when the evaluation is completed, your therapist will send a Letter of Medical Necessity to your physician; once signed, this acts as a prescription for physical therapy. You can also complete the insurance benefits worksheet to find out if your insurance requires a prescription or referral, and choose to obtain one prior to your first visit.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
The fee for private pay physical therapy is based on type and length of treatment.
Initial Evaluation (approximately 60 minutes): $150
Follow-Up (approximately 55 minutes): $100
*There is a $50 no show/ cancellation fee that needs to be paid prior to resuming physical therapy.
Virtual Consult: See Virtual Session page
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
Empower Your Pelvis is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare and is an Out-of-Network provider for Tricare.
Copays are collected at time of service.
Virtual Consults: Not covered by insurance. Pay for service