Have you or a family member ever been discharged from physical therapy and told that you had to be released from physical therapy because “you no longer qualified” or “you have plateaued in your progress?” Have you then thought “I’m not ready to be discharged from my physical therapy yet?!” You may still qualify to continue with physical therapy through our maintenance physical therapy program!
Maintenance physical therapy is designed to assist you in maintaining your current functional status or prevent a decline in mobility. Maintenance physical therapy was first introduced in 2013 when insurance providers began paying for physical therapy for patients who were not expected to improve and who previously would not have qualified. This opened the door to begin providing and/or continuing to provide physical therapy to patients who had certain complex medical conditions like neuromuscular diseases. The traditional model of restorative physical therapy has a specific requirement that you must be able to improve in function to qualify for service, but there are certain diseases and conditions that no matter how much therapy you provide, they will not improve. This is where maintenance physical therapy fits in and can help.
Maintenance physical therapy can help you maintain your current functional mobility. Maintenance physical therapy is not traditional restorative therapy and often misunderstood. Many physical therapists, home therapy service providers, and outpatient therapy clinics choose to not offer these services or at best underutilize these services.
Physical therapists CAN work with you even when no improvement is expected, when no improvement is made, and when the need for physical therapy is simply to prevent deterioration. We understand the benefits of maintenance physical therapy and are here to serve you.