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Great Plains Therapy
Questions



What should I wear to my therapy appointment?
The best thing to wear is something that easily exposes your injured area. However, we understand that you may be coming to see us from work or other activities, so we have a selection of gowns and shorts you can change into. You should bring tennis shoes as exercise is an important part of treatment for most disorders.

Who should attend?
We strongly encourage a family member or friend to accompany patients to their first appointment. Young adults or children under the age of 18 will need written permission of their guardian.

Will I be seen by a licensed therapist?
Yes. All our therapists are fully licensed. All employee licenses are available for viewing at each
office.

Will insurance pay for physical therapy?
It depends on your insurance carrier, but most insurance companies will pay for physical therapy if it is ordered by a physician. We will contact your insurance company for you to determine your
coverage.

Are you a provider of my insurance company?
We are a provider for most insurance companies and a listing for each clinic is found on the insurance page of our website. We do not accept Medicaid in our Yankton location. Avera has decided not to allow us to participate as a provider in Yankton. The Avera management explained to us that they provide PT services in that community so do not want to allow us to compete with them. However, we do see many patients that have Avera insurance in that facility. Those people choose to see us although we are an out-of-network provider. If you have this insurance, call and find out what the difference in price would be compared to seeing a therapist from an in-network facility. You may find it is not much more.

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Does Medicare cover therapy?
If it is considered medically necessary, Medicare will cover physical therapy. Medicare does require that a physician approves your plan of care. That requires us to have them read and sign your evaluation and goals that we have set for you.

What are my options for paying my co-pays and deductibles?
We accept cash, check, Mastercard and Visa. We also have Care Credit; a no or low interest medical credit card option. All co-pays must be paid at the time of service.

How much does each visit cost?
The cost of each visit varies with each case. Our staff will be happy to discuss charges with you on an individual basis.

How long will each appointment be?
Generally at the initial appointment we will ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete paperwork, unless you complete it in advance. Your initial appointment will take approximately an hour. Additional appointments will last between 45-60 minutes.

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What should I bring to my initial appointment?
We require copies of your insurance card, drivers license, and your prescription for physical therapy from your physician. Other items that are helpful are any x-ray, operative, MRI or CT scan reports you may have recently received. Most of these can be obtained by us if you do not have copies of them. Also, a list of current medications and the dates of your upcoming doctor’s appointments would be very helpful.

Do you keep in contact with my doctor?
We send a copy of your initial evaluation to your doctor within 24 hours if you are referred here by a doctor. We also send a progress report to your physician prior to every appointment you have with them. If you do not have a scheduled doctor’s appointment, we send a progress report at regular intervals, at least monthly.

Who owns Great Plains Therapy? Ruth Scott is the sole owner of Great Plains Therapy. She has been a physical therapist for 25 years.

Will I see the same therapist every time?
Great Plains Therapy will attempt to schedule you with the therapist that you desire to see. However, there may be times when another therapist will treat you due to scheduling conflicts. Our physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work as a team to handle your care in the most effective manner. You may see a physical therapist for part of your session and a physical therapist assistant for part of your session. They are working as a team.

What is the cancellation policy?
We request that you notify us as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours of any appointment you are going to miss. This will allow us to book another patient in that appointment slot. If we do not receive 24 hour notice and are not able to fill that appointment slot, you are charged a $10 fee. We do attempt to fill these slots.

What happens if a patient doesn’t show up?
We try to call you and reschedule the appointment and make sure you are okay. If you miss two subsequent appointments without calling us back, we remove you from caseload and contact your doctor and case manager (if your care is being paid for by worker’s compensation).

Can I bring my children to my appointment?
This will depend on how much care your child needs. We do not have staff available to monitor your children while you receive your treatment. Equipment present in the treatment rooms and the gym areas can be very dangerous so we do not allow children to be unsupervised. If you have a toddler that is not able to sit still in a chair while you are receiving a treatment, they should not come with you to therapy.

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Sportsmetrics™ Questions

Are females at higher risk for serious knee injuries?
Yes! 100,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur in the United States each year. The incidence of injury is approximately five times higher in female athletes than in male athletes. The majority of these injuries are non-contact injuries occurring in sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball that involve pivoting, cutting or jumping. The ACL controls the pivoting and forward motion of the knee joint with the hamstrings and quadriceps muscles. If the muscles are not adequately prepared, jumping or twisting motions may create shear forces, which tear the ACL. An ACL injury will sideline an athlete for a minimum of six to nine months.

Why are female athletes more at risk?
The increase in injuries may be due to decreased neuromuscular strength and coordination in the musculature that stabilizes the knee joint. Our study showed that female hamstrings are significantly weaker than male hamstrings. It also showed that during landing from a jump, males use their knee flexors (the hamstrings) at three times the level of females to control the knee joint.

What can I do to reduce the risk of serious knee injury?
Get involved in a training program that addresses your needs. Today, 27 years after a federal mandate was enacted to provide gender equity in sports, a new generation of female athletes has emerged. Sportsmetrics™ is the first program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in female athletes. Neuromuscular training not only increases muscular power and jump height, but also decreases impact forces at the knee. Sportsmetrics™ is the program that focuses on the female athletes’ needs in training to prevent injury and enhance performance.

What is Sportsmetrics™?
Sportsmetrics™ is a plyometric jump-training program, specifically designed for the female athlete. It focuses on developing overall leg strength as well as improving balance in strength from the front to the back of the thigh. Through specialized progression of jump/plyometric drills, female athletes learn proper techniques for jumping and landing; increase overall leg strength and also improve symmetry in right-to-left leg power.

Why is Sportsmetrics™ training so unique?
Sportsmetrics&tm; is not just another plyometric training program. The selection and progression of jumps and drills are carefully researched to address specific problems noted in female athletes. Training proceeds from technique development to performance enhancement with each session building on the previous bout of training. The strength and flexibility components have also been carefully reviewed for safety and effectiveness. Essential to the success of the athlete is the trainer interaction and feedback throughout the program.

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What are people saying about Sportsmetrics™?
Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation received the Excellence in Research award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Magazine joined in the excitement with full-page articles reporting the Sportsmetrics&tm; results. Sportsmetrics™ hs been featured in The New York Times, ESPN, Wide World of Sports, Health and on Good Morning America.

How can I get more information?
Check out the web page at www.sportsmetrics.net or call Great Plains Therapy.

How is Great Plains Therapy involved with the Sportsmetrics™ program?
Great Plains Therapy is a certified provider for the program. Brian Ommen, DPT went to Hilton Head, SC in May of 2009 and went through a certification course to be allowed to participate in the program. We have offered free Sportsmetrics™ screenings to all area high schools and colleges. The schools that have chosen to participate in the program have been very pleased with the results. We will screen your team for free at your facility or ours and provide training to coaches, parents and athletes on jumping technique. All you have to do is call and ask!

Why is Great Plains Therapy undertaking this project?
Ruth Scott, PT, and owner of Great Plains Therapy tore her ACL in the fall of her senior year of high school in the gymnasium in Tyndall while participating in high school basketball. It was a non-contact injury. That moment changes Ruth’s life as it lead her to the career of physical therapy. This is her way of bringing things full circle. Our goal is to screen 300 girls in the next 3 years and hopefully prevent several ACL injuries.



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