Why choose PT Motion Lab?
Many people do not realize that small abnormalities in every-day movements may predisposing them to tissue injury and/or pain. Typically, when a person is in pain, they attempt to reduce their pain through stopping movement, using medication, massage or other modalities. Why mask the symptoms when you can identify and treat the cause? As the movement experts, our physical therapy team can perform an examination of your joint mobility, flexibility, strength and functional movement patterns to identify your specific movement problem. Once the problem is identified we can incorporate a combination of manual therapy, exercise, education and training to normalize your biomechanics, increases the efficiency of your movements and improve your overall performance.
1. Clarification and Education
If you have pain your physician can use imaging and a clinical evaluation to identify the tissue that is causing your pain. What these assessments cannot tell you is the cause. PT Motion Lab excels at a whole body movement assessment starting at the smallest joint motion to the largest functional patterns. Stop guessing, know why you are not performing at your best.
2. Technology and Athletic Movement Specialists
Athletes move at high speeds making it difficult to measure with the naked eye alone. Combining the clinical evaluation with technology and innovation that measures athletic movements and performance. Our movement specialists are able to test your passive joint movements, as well as use state-of-the-art computerized equipment to help capture and breakdown your movements to assess your risk for injury and potential for maximum performance.
3. Individualized and Measurable
Rehabilitation and training protocols use the calendar or guess work on designing, dosing and progressing performance enhancing programs. Quantifiable data and measurable metrics provide a customized and efficient program for performance enhancement.
Unfortunately no, we do not take insurance for payment of our services. All services are cash pay at the time of service. Our scheduling porthole will require you to provide a credit card or HSA card prior to completing the initial scheduling process. We are unable to accept insurance as medical insurance does not pay for the prevention and performance services we provide. Additionally, our highly educated staff represents the top 5% of credentialing for physical therapists, being well worth your investment in your health and performance.
If you require physical therapy for rehabilitation services, we can assist with this through our partnership with MTIPT [link] can provide you with an invoice that can be submitted to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
The science of biomechanics applies the principles of mechanics to living organisms. With respect to your body, biomechanics incorporates the concepts of engineering and physics in order to understand normal and pathological motion of joints, coordinated motion body segments, physical performance, and mechanisms of injury.
We encourage everyone to have a biomechanical assessment about every 5 years, annually if you are symptomatic or showing lower performance. Our partners at MTI Physical Therapy have pioneered a new OMPT Annual Checkup [link] to identify impairments before they become pathological.
Additionally, anyone who has limitations or difficulty moving, experiences pain during physical activity or is having a reduction in their performance level is a candidate for a biomechanical evaluation. If you already have pain a biomechanical evaluation will determine if a limitation in joint mobility and/or abnormal movement is contributing to your symptoms. Our experience finds that a biomechanical assessment is particularly indicated when conventional forms of treatment have failed (i.e. surgery, injections, medications, or even more traditional physical therapy, etc)
Your therapist has unique training in orthopedic manual therapy. This involves a detailed understanding of how each joint moves 3-dimensionally, as well as how they relate to each other in a biomechanical chain. Physical therapists are the movement experts. Physical therapists with orthopedic manual therapy training are the joint and tissue experts for movement and performance. Your evaluation will involve hands-on testing of each joint in the system being assessed for its specific ease of motion, as well as how it cooperates with other joints in the system. Skilled performance cannot occur without proper joint mechanics as the foundation for movement. Your evaluation will help to determine if any abnormalities in joint movement are affecting your performance or if your movement is abnormally affecting the joint and it’s tissues.
To properly analyze your body and movement patterns we will need to see your extremity joints, the top of your pelvis and trunk. Therefore, please avoid wearing pants or long, baggy shorts and shirts. If your shorts are too long, they may need to be taped up so we can see the appropriate bony landmarks. Men may be asked to take their shirt off for the evaluation to better see the shoulder and trunk. For women, a sports bra may be recommended. Please wear the same type of shoes you would typically use when you walk or run.
The time to complete your evaluation depends on the level of testing that is required. Please allow 60 minutes for your basic evaluation. An additional hour may be necessary for more in-depth computerized testing, reviewing testing results, education and to provide recommendations.
If you are a minor, under 18 years of age, a parent will need to accompany you to your first evaluation. Their input on your medical history and injury history may also be crucial to a proper assessment of your performance level.
There is no need to prepare for your evaluation. However, it is important to avoid vigorous activity a day or two before your examination. Please bring any pertinent medical records to your appointment, including MRI, x-rays, etc.
The cost of your evaluation will depend on the type of testing being performed. Typical charges range from $250-$500.
The PT Motion Lab does not accept insurance for biomechanical testing. However, we can provide you with an invoice with the necessary billing codes that you can submit to your insurance carrier for possible partial reimbursement. Insurance plans vary considerably as to whether they will cover preventative screening and testing, as well as often covering only a portion of the visit with the remaining being the client’s responsibility. Please contact your insurance company to see if the cost of your testing is reimbursable.
You will receive verbal feedback and summaries of your results immediately following your evaluation. An electronic report will be provided within 2 weeks.
Upon your request, we will provide an electronic copy of your report to the person(s) of your choosing. We are also available to talk directly with your healthcare provider, coach or trainer to discuss our findings and your plan of care.
To properly assess your body and movement patterns, we will need to see your joints, the top of your pelvis and trunk. Therefore, please avoid wearing pants or long, baggy shorts and shirts. If your shorts are too long, they may need to be taped up so we can see the appropriate bony landmarks. Men may be asked to take their shirt off for the evaluation to better see the shoulder and trunk. For women, a sports bra may be recommended. Please wear the same type of shoes you would typically use when you walk or run.
All services from PT Motion Lab are cash pay. We do not accept insurance for payment.
The comprehensive personalized care we provide overwhelms the insurance model. Our services focus on performance and prevention, not just reacting after pain or pathology occur. Insurance coverage for physical therapy does not cover prevention or performance services. The individualized approach to testing, educating the athlete and performance training is performed by an elite group of physical therapists with advanced training in movement assessment, manual therapy, tissue training and sport performance enhancement. Our team is committed to providing this advanced level of care in the continual study and practice required for its delivery—in short, we are worth it.
PTMotionLab (PTML) is a unique program that was founded by Jim Rivard, one of MTIPT’s founders. With over 30 years of clinical mastery of orthopedic manual physical therapy and exercise rehabilitation, Jim has brought the same innovation to Preventative and Performance as he did to founding MTIPT as a premier teaching and training center for orthopedic manual physical therapy. PTML’s physical therapy staff have residency and fellowship training consistent with making them movement experts. There is so much more to movement than just regular training and exercise.
While traditional medicine waits for pathology to occur, PTML focuses on the cause of lowered performance and injury, as well as an eye toward injury prevention. Tissue breakdown and pain is often the symptom of a deeper biomechanical impairment involving both the hardware (joints and muscles) and software (nervous system). Testing joint motion and mobility of the nervous system is a foundational movement analysis step that is not performed in the athletic training and coaching worlds. Specific tests and measures provide data that leads to specific interventions, specific exercise design and specific dosage. Use data from testing your joints and muscles, measuring your movement and performance, to create a customized rehabilitation and training program.
PTML and MTIPT are partners and are run autonomously of one another. Some of MTIPT’s providers also work with PTML patients and patients are seen at MTIPT clinic locations, but are not affiliated. PTML does not accept insurance for services rendered and payment is collected from patients at the time of service.