Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for choosing Coast Physical Therapy for your physical therapy rehabilitation. The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have an additional question, please contact us at (321) 269-0800 or send us a message.


Physical therapy is treatment to improve mobility, relieve pain, and restore physical function and overall fitness. Physical Therapists use exercise, manual therapy, education, and modalities such as heat, cold, and electrical stimulation to work toward these goals.

Depending on the injury, disease, or condition, physical therapy may include work on flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance. Treatment may focus on preventing problems or treating problems that affect the:

  • Musculoskeletal System - muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones
  • Neuromuscular System - nerves and related muscles
  • Cardiovascular System - heart and related blood vessels
  • Pulmonary System - lungs and breathing
  • skin, including wounds and burns
  • Or any combination of the above
  • If you want use your insurance benefits, please call your insurance company to verify the requirements to use the benefits. Often times you may not even need a referral or a prescription from a doctor in order to have physical therapy. If you will not be using your insurance benefits, you do not need a prescription. Call us anytime! (321) 269-0800

    Yes! The decision as to where you receive your care is up to you. Your physician may give you a recommendation, or a listing of physical therapists in your area. Sometimes your insurance company will guide you with regard to who is "in network" for your insurance plan. Ultimately, the decision is up to you.

    If you have a specific request, you can let your physician or insurance company know. If we are not in network with your insurance company most plans have out-of-network benefits that will allow you your choice in physical therapy.

    In most cases, health insurance will cover all or part of your treatment. You will be responsible for any payment not covered by your insurance. Please see our insurance list to see if we accept your insurance. It is important to call your insurance company to determine what your insurance plan will cover.

    Insurance List

    We accept many insurance plans. See if we accept yours or call us at (321) 269-0800.

    Insurance List

    Even if we do not accept your insurance, no problem. You can self-pay. Check out our reasonable prices.

    Self Pay Prices

    If you do not have insurance, no problem. You can self-pay. Check out our reasonable prices.

    Self Pay Prices

    Before your treatment can begin we must have your:

  • doctor's prescription if you have one,
  • driver's license,
  • and insurance card.
  • Bring any doctor's reports, x-rays, and/or MRI reports with you. If you are utilizing any type of brace, splint, or crutches, please bring them. Please wear or bring appropriate clothing and shoes for exercise. No sandals, heels, or open toed shoes.

    Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for exercise. Wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts or very stretchy/loose pants. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination.

    Please wear tennis/exercise shoes. No sandals, heels, or open-toe shoes.

    We will collect and process your completed patient forms. You can arrive 30 minutes before your visit or you can downloan them at our Patient Forms page.

    We will make a copy of your insurance card and personal identification card (photo ID).

    You will have an initial evaluation with a licensed physical therapist. During the initial evaluation your physical therapist will discuss your:

  • medical history,
  • current medications,
  • current conditions,
  • pain intensity,
  • how your daily activities are effected,
  • and your physical therapy goals.
  • Your physical therapist will also perform several tests to further determine your current condition and abilities.

    Depending on your insurance plan, you may begin your treatment after your evaluation.

    For more information visit our What to Expect page.

    What to Expect

    During your first visit you will be evaluated by one of our licensed therapists. During each subsequents visit you will see your physical therapist. Depending on your condition and treatment plan our Licensed Massage Therapists, Certified Personal Trainer, and trained Physical Therapy Aides will also work with you.

    In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your physical therapy results. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

    For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is short-term and long-term relief can be accomplished with strengthening, stretching, hands-on techniques, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Your physical therapist will create a treatment plan with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.

    Each physical therapy visit is between 30 and 90 minutes. Your initial evaluation will usually be longer than your subsequent visits.

    Each individual's frequency of visits vary from once a week, twice a week, and three times a week. You and your Physical Therapist will determine this during your intial evaluation. As you progress in your rehabilitation, you may decrease the frequency of visits.

    Coast Physical Therapy offers a wide variety of treatments including strengthening exercises, passive and active range of motion, mobilization, manual therapy, cervical and pelvic traction, massage therapy, ultrasound, cold laser, electrical stimulation, heat and ice. The plan of care is tailored to each patient's diagnosis and condition. To see a comprehensive list of the services we provide their explanations, please visit our services page.

    Our Services

    Massage Therapy may be part of your treatment. Our Licensed Massage Therapist use a variety of techniques to help you reach your physical therapy goals. Your doctor and physical therapist will determine whether it will be a part of your treatment plan.

    The amount of visits needed for each individual and each diagnosis will vary. You may need one visit or you may need months of care. You will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and when you see your doctor, your Physical Therapist will provide you with a progress report with his or her recommendations.

    Depending on your condition, diagnosis, and treatment, your Physical Therapist may prescribe you stretches and exercises to perform at home. These additional exercises will help you maintain the progress made during visits and optimize your results.

    Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Your physical therapist will provide you with a home exercise program and exercise bands as needed. Some may choose to continue with our wellness and fitness exercise program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your physical therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.

    Coast Physical Therapy offers a Wellness and Fitness Program for “graduates” of physical therapy and any of our patients who have exhausted their insurance benefits. We offer a maintenance plan at a very reasonable monthly fee to retain the gains you’ve made in therapy. The Wellness and Fitness Program allows our previous patients to use our gym and equipment at their convenience. These "fitness patients" enjoy consultation privileges and assistance as needed with our staff while you exercise.