Physical Therapy Services

There are many options in Pasadena for physical therapy. We hope you find what you need and check us out. We are a small boutique office with specialized physical therapy services. From our one on one approach to our concierge program, we offer customized therapy and programs for your specific needs.

We look forward to working with you soon! Check us out at: Arroyo PT

Happy New Year!

Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, California, would like to wish you a Happy New Year. While some will make resolutions for the new year, others just go with the flow. We’d like to encourage you to consider getting more active! We can help you update or modify your home exercise program or gym program to keep you encouraged and focused and on tract for your personal fitness goals. Exercise and being active is the key for those with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Arroyo Physical Therapy can help. Check us out online or give us a call at 626-593-2283.

Happy Holidays!

Arroyo Physical Therapy is the Pasadena Physical Therapy clinic for your physical therapy needs. Specializing in Parkinson’s physical therapy, vestibular, balance, vertigo, fall prevention, movement disorders, neuropathy and laser light therapy. We offer one on one care and also offer concierge physical therapy and services.

Check out our website for our ongoing balance and fall screenings on the first Saturday of the month starting 2012.

We wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season however you celebrate.

Arroyo Phsyical Therapy – Areas Covered

Just an FYI – In case you are searching for vestibular rehab, or balance rehab and therapy, or physical therapy for Parkinson’s, MS, movement disorders, BPPV, you can find us conveniently located near the following zip codes:

91103, 91104, 91101, 91105, 91106, 91107, 91108, 91118, 91770, 91771, 91772, 91024, 91025, 91030, 91031, 91020, 91021, 91775, 91776, 91778, 91340, 91341, 91001, 91011, 91012, 91214, 91224, 91801, 91802, 91803, 91804, 91896, 91899, 91006, 91007, 91066, 91077, 91780, 91042, 91043, 91109, 91110, 91114, 91115, 91116, 91117, 91121, 91123, 91124,91125,91126, 91129, 91182, 91184, 91185, 91188, 91189, 91199

Altho not entirely inclusive, it does cover the main cities of La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, San Marino, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Alhambra, Duarte, Rosemead, Arcadia and the surrounding areas.

We look forward to working with you for your therapy needs.

Staying Active

It’s important to stay active during the holidays. It can be more of a challenge trying to keep ones exercise program consistent with work, holiday parties, family visits, travel, etc., this time year.

Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA., would like to remind you that being active and consistent with exercise aids in sleep, digestion, provides more energy and maintains ones strength and flexibility.

Check us out at: Arroyo Physical Therapy

Balance Screening

Just a reminder that Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, California, will be offering balance and postural screenings for only $25 on the first Saturday of each month starting January 7, 2012! Be sure to call and reserve your space at: 626-593-2283 and refer your friends or family that may need this service.

Thank you and have a great day!

Medicare Cap – You Can Make a Difference!

Its important to note that the Medicare Therapy Cap ultimately limits legitimate care for those that need it most.

You can help make a difference by calling your Members of Congress and request that they pass the legislation to extend the medicare Cap beyond December 31, 2011. To reach your Member of Congress you can call 202-224-3121 and then ask the operator to direct you to your Member of Congress. ASK YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SIGN ONTO THE MEDICARE ACCESS TO REHABILITATION SERVICES ACT OF 2011 (H.R. 1546/S. 829) WHICH REPEALS THE THERAPY CAP ONCE AND FOR ALL!

Or you can log onto: Patient Action Center and send an email or letter to you Members of Congress. It is important you do this TODAY!

Are You Dizzy?

You may be experiencing a problem with your inner ear or vestibular system. The inner ear serves many functions. It is a balance system and works in combination with other balance inputs from your feet and eyes. It communicates with your brain about where your head and body is in space. It communicates with your eyes to keep your vision stable. Problems with this system can result in a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to, dizziness, vertigo, spinning, feeling “off” in the head, imbalance, staggered walking and blurred vision.

In the beginning, you may experience constant symptoms and require a few days of bed rest. Over time, your symptoms may be aggravated by head movement and visually stimulating environments. This is because of impaired gaze stabilization. Walking in the dark and on uneven surfaces may also be difficult and unsafe. This is because you are unable to relay on your vestibular system for balance when other systems are compromised (vision and feet). It is important to take caution in these situations. Always turn on lights, avoid over stimulating tasks and surfaces you cannot safely negotiate.

Dizziness problems can arise from a variety of ailments, so it is important that you are properly diagnosed. These conditions can be diagnosed with the help of your physician or an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT). Treatment should involve referral to a Vestibular Physical Therapist. Dizziness is a unique symptom, so it is important that you are treated by a clinician who specializes in the vestibular system. Treatment may consist of specific eye and head exercises, which incorporate balance activities. Inner ear health is dependent on movement. Just like you would use a dumbbell to strengthen your bicep muscle, you use head and eye movement to strengthen your vestibular system. The goal of treatment is to reduce your dizziness and restore your balance by promoting inner ear adaptation and to challenge the balance component of the vestibular system.

If you have any further questions, would like to learn more or suffer from a dizziness or balance problem yourself, contact us at Arroyo Physical Therapy; Specialists in Vestibular, Balance, Movement Disorders and Neurological Physical Therapy!

POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS
• Dizziness
• Vertigo
• Spinning
• Off in the head
• Blurred vision
• Staggered walking
• Imbalance

WHAT TO DO
1. Contact your physician
2. Possible referral to an ENT for specific diagnosis
3. Referral to a Vestibular Physical Therapist for specialty treatment

POSSIBLE TREATMENTS
• Education on the vestibular system
• Specific eye and head exercises
• Specialty maneuvers
• Balance activities
• Inner ear adaptation
• Habituation to symptoms
• Home exercise instruction

Medicare, PPO’s and HMO’s

Insurance coverage can be confusing. There may be times when a client arrives thinking they had specific services under their policy or with Medicare only to find out they do not. I hear often “I was not aware of that,” or “How come that was never explained to me,” or “that’s not fair!”

It’s unfortunate that I am the bearer of bad news or the “reality check” for some. However, it is important to know that not all services are covered by ones insurance or by Medicare or by their secondary or supplemental insurance plans. It is also unfortunate that not all plans are explained to individuals when they sign up. Often customers tell me that they are sold on the fact that they are saving money and not informed that some of the benefits are lost.

I am no expert on insurance or on what plan each person has, however, there are a few points I’d like to point out.

By signing up for an HMO plan, most plans will automatically re-assign your Medicare benefits to that plan. Often times this is NOT explained. Most HMO plans are less expensive, however, they also limit coverage, pay less to your service providers and ultimately, limit the quality of your care. A lot of people think that just because they have medicare they will get medicare services. However, with most HMO’s they may have signed their benefits over the the HMO and have now lost some benefits or higher level of care and services as a result without even knowing.

PPO’s are varied and can have what they call “in-network” and “out-of-network” benefit coverage. These plans can have various payment options however, typically you do NOT have to sign over Medicare benefits, but you may have more out of packet expenses, such as co-payments for medical visits and/or higher deductibles to meet BEFORE your insurance will cover you.

Medicare is another confusing insurance. Often individuals only have to meet their yearly deductible. The other thing to note about Medicare, is that Medicare only pays a portion of an “allowed amount” of billed services. If an individual has a secondary or supplemental insurance, sometimes these secondary or supllemental insurance will pay the difference. However, if they do not pay the difference, providers can bill individuals for the remaining amount. Also, providers are NOT allowed to collect these payments upfront. Services MUST be billed to medicare first before payment can be collected by your service provider (at least for Physical Therapy)

Altho this is not an exhaustive explanation of insurances, it is important for each individual to know what their policy says and what it does and does not cover. Ultimately you are responsible for your health, your health-care coverage and your financial duties under your policy.

You can go to our website and see the codes we most often bill and check with your provider to see if they cover these codes and if you qualify for our services and what your responsibility will be. We are glad to assist you in providing as much information as possible when time allows.