What to Expect at Columbia Gorge Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Starting a rehabilitation program can be a time of uncertainty. But at Columbia Gorge Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we work with you to set your goals and expectations, so you’re comfortable with your therapy right from the start.

Goal-Based Therapy

During your first visit, your physical therapist will fully evaluate your current condition and medical history. Through an initial examination—including strength, flexibility,  range of motion tests and postural/movement analysis   — we will determine a starting point for your therapy and help you set real, achievable goals for recovery,  including an at-home exercise program. That way, you can see measurable results along the way, which can help give you the motivation you need to achieve your ultimate goal—returning to full health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to get a prescription from my doctor for Physical Therapy?
A: Some insurance companies DO require a prescription and some DO NOT. (Call us if your health insurance is not listed):
DO NOT require a prescription from your doctor:

  1. Blue Cross/Premera
  2. Providence
  3. Moda/ODS
  4. Aetna
  5. GIGNA
  6. Lifewise
  7. United Healthcare
  8. Pacific Source Health Plans

DO require a prescription from your doctor:

  1. Pacific Source Community Solutions
  2. Workers Comp
  3. Motor Vehicle
  4. Medicare
Q: Do I need to bring anything?
A: Yes. On your first visit, you’ll need to bring a physician referral or prescription, your insurance card, your patient/medical history forms (see patient forms), your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
Q: How long will my visit take?
A: On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to complete sign-in, registration and/or change clothes.
Q: What should I wear?

A: We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes—something you can exercise in. Shorts and or tank tops can be helpful during the evaluation process, however, if you forget them, we have shorts and gowns available.
Q: I’m sore after my initial evaluation, is that normal?
A: Yes. During the initial evaluation it is important for the therapist to pinpoint the source of your pain. This involves palpation of sore spots and various motions and movements that may cause soreness. With the plan of care now developed, your next treatments will focus on decreasing pain and improving function.
Q: My doctor wrote my physical therapy prescription on a competitor’s prescription pad, do I have to go to them?
A: No. It is the patient’s right to decide where they go for physical therapy. Many therapists utilize prescription pads for marketing purposes. Any prescription is good at any physical therapy clinic as long as it is less than 30 days old.
Q: How Long Will I Be In Physical Therapy?
A: Some of our patients need only one visit and others require many months of physical therapy.  This is dependent on your diagnosis, the severity of your challenges, your past medical history and your personal goals.  Each visit we will discuss your improvements and areas that we need to continue to work with you on for your eventual discharge from our care.  We work very closely with you and your referring physician if you have one in order to restore your health and well-being.