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How Much Does Physical Therapy Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: $10-$75 Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $50-$350+
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Physical therapy can include exercise, massage or other treatments. Reasons a patient might seek physical therapy include injury, need for rehabilitation after surgery, and conditions or diseases that can affect movement, such as arthritis or cancer.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of a copay of $10-$75 per session or coinsurance of 10%-50% or more. Physical therapy typically is covered by health insurance when medically necessary.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, physical therapy typically costs $50-$350 or more per session, depending on the length of the session, the service provided during the session and the provider. Physical therapy provided in a hospital setting tends to be more expensive.
  • Total cost can range from hundreds of dollars for a relatively minor issue, such as a routine sports injury, that might require several sessions, up to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for a major problem, such as rehabilitation from a serious accident or major surgery that might require several sessions per week for months. For example, Baudendistel Physical Therapy[1] charges $100 for an initial evaluation and $75 for each one-hour physical therapy session. Kathe Wallace Physical Therapy[2] in Washington charges $165-$205 for a one-hour initial evaluation, $112 for appointments less than 45 minutes and $150 for a session of 50 to 55 minutes. Elite PT[3] in Delaware and Maryland charges $150 for a biomechanical evaluation and $65 for 30 minutes of skilled massage. Akron General Hospital[4] in Ohio charges, for each 15-minutes: $51 for home/self-care training, $78 for gait training, $97 for exercise, $100 for massage and $132 for manual electrical stimulation or neuro-muscular re-education -- for a total of $204-$528 per hour.
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What should be included:
  • The physical therapist typically will do an initial assessment that lasts an hour or longer to examine the patient and determine a course of treatment.
  • After that, the frequency, length and type of treatment depend on the patient and the problem being treated. Types of physical therapy that might be performed include exercises to improve strength, coordination and balance; manual therapy, such as massage, to decrease pain and improve flexibility and circulation; and other treatments, such as hydrotherapy, ultrasound treatments and electrical stimulation.
  • WebMD offers a guide to physical therapy[5] .
Additional costs:
  • Depending on the individual and the reason for physical therapy, the therapist might recommend hot packs, cold packs or other equipment for home use in between sessions. At Medical Supplies & Equipment Co.[6] , a balance board costs about $50-$100 or more, fitness and exercise balls cost about $20-$80 or more, resistance bands cost $10 to $100 or more and an exercise rail system or chest pulley weights can cost up to $800 or more.
Discounts:
  • Many providers offer discounted packages. For example, Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness[7] in Massachusetts charges $70 for a half-hour session and $105 for an hour-long session, but offers packages that take $10 off the cost of each session.
  • Many providers offer discounts to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, ARC Physical Therapy[8] in Illinois offers a 30% discount to cash-paying patients, as well as special waivers or discounts for patients undergoing financial hardship.
Shopping for physical therapy:
  • A primary care physician or specialist can provide a referral to a physical therapist. Or, the American Physical Therapy Association offers a physical therapist locator by zip code and area of specialization.
  • Physical therapists should have a degree from an accredited program and should have either a doctorate (DPT) or master's degree (MPT) in physical therapy. Physical therapists are licensed at the state level after passing an exam, and it is important to verify that a provider is licensed. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy offers contact information[9] for each state licensing body.
  • Reading Berks Physical Therapy LLC[10] offers a list of things to know before choosing a physical therapist.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Posted by: Anonyomous in Eugene, OR.Posted: August 27th, 2014 01:08PM
Physical Therapist: Therapeutic Associates, Eugene OregonNumber of Sessions: 3
For me, it cost $281/hr. Thank god I quit before racking up more charges. On the phone, they're reluctant to tell you what their fee structure is but yet they have you sign a form stating you understand you're liable to pay if your insurance doesn't. When pressed, they will tell you that typical patient costs are 100-300 per hour. An additional question gets you to the realization that no insurance or a high deductable means you'll be charged 300/hr. This is a very profitable profession and TA is milking it. Minimal overhead and little/zero malpractice risk
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Rotator Cuff Impingement
Amount: $447.07
Posted by: BAP2112 in Michigan City, IN.Posted: May 28th, 2014 10:05AM
Physical Therapist: OrthonetNumber of Sessions: 1
Had one evaluation on my shoulder with these folks. They said they had to call Cigna and if I didn't hear from them in a week or two to call them back. I thought that was lazy. A few weeks later I received a statement from Cigna saying that my bill is $447.07 -- all my responsibility. My doctor only charged $120 plus $35 for an xray. Ridiculous.
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Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: a user in Las Cruces, NM.Posted: March 19th, 2013 05:03PM
Physical Therapist: 1Number of Sessions: 10
My husband when to physical therapy as recommended by his physician after he injured his back and was found to have two herniated discs. We were told prior to our appointment that there would be no co-pay for the therapy. Then we received a bill that totaled over $3,000. Most sessions were 45 min, 15 of which were on a TENS machine. The other period was spent working with a therapist...but the therapist gave instruction and then moved on to the next patient so the therapist wasn't even providing undivided attention and was charging $127 every 15 minutes. To me that cost seems ridiculous, especially if the therapist wasn't even working alone with my husband the whole time. Won't ever go back there again!
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Amount: $166.00
Posted by: a user in Ashland, WI.Posted: March 15th, 2013 03:03AM
Physical Therapist: Wilson Physical TheraypNumber of Sessions: each 1/2 hour session
for shoulder rotator cuff passive range of motion.
insurance negotiated lower rate of 142 per session. seems like it should be the hourly rate, not a 1/2 hour rate.
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Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: Shar1 in St. Clair, MI.Posted: December 18th, 2012 01:12AM
Physical Therapist: 2Number of Sessions: 25
Physical therapy was no longer covered by my sister's BCBSM insurance so we thought we could afford to do private pay because it was so necessary after her brain bleed/brain abscess. The first month we paid approx 6,000.00 which was 3,000.00 more than I expected. (25 sessionsX2 therapists). Last month there were evals and this month it was 25 sessions x 2 therapist for an hour, and it cost me 10,000.00 !rnThis was not including room and board at the Skilled Nursing Facility which 7,000.00 a month. I had to pull for from PT because even with a small inheritance to help me, and even though she is far from well, I can't afford it on private pay.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.baudendistelphysicaltherapy.com/node/6
  2.  kathewallace.com/physical-therapy/physical-therapy-practice-and-fees/
  3.  www.elitept.com/services/rehoboth-location
  4.  www.akrongeneral.org/portal/page/portal/AGMC_PAGEGROUP/Price_guide/PRICE_GUIDE6
  5.  www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/physical-therapy-topic-overview
  6.  rehabilitation-products.medical-supplies-equipment-company.com/product/posture-mirrors_...
  7.  www.jointventurespt.com/self-pay-rates.html
  8.  arcphysicaltherapy.com/cost-insurance/
  9.  /www.fsbpt.org/LicensingAuthorities/index.asp
  10.  www.readingberkspt.com/dl/7_things.pdf
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