Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Appointments/questions: 406-682-6605
Fax: 406-682-6625

The MVMC Physical Therapy Department is licensed department that provides both inpatient and outpatient comprehensive rehabilitation services:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

We strive to improve and maintain the health and independence of patients and our community. Our ultimate goal is to promote a patient’s ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability for those that have experienced an episode of impaired function, whether it is due to traumatic injury, acquired/congenital conditions.

Our clinicians will establish an individualized plan of care based on each patient’s unique set of circumstances and physical impairments. We use evidence based interventions to facilitate maximum return of function and in the most efficient manner possible.

Rehabilitation Services Provided:

  • Orthopedic Injuries/Conditions
  • Home Safety Assessments
  • Sports Injuries
  • Hand Conditions
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Vestibular/Balance Disorders
  • Memory Cognition
  • General Disability
  • Swallowing Disorders

Modalities/Interventions:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobility
  • Orthotic Fitting & Management
  • Kinesthetic Taping
  • Ultrasound
  • Vasopneumatic Cryotherapy
  • Lumbar Traction
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Cervical Traction
  • Interferential Electrical Stimulation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to come to physical therapy?

Montana is a direct access state for physical therapy, meaning a licensed physical therapist can evaluate and treat people without any referral. However, some insurance companies require a referral to qualify for therapy benefits. So, it would be a good idea to check with your insurance company regarding their policy on referral to physical therapy.

What if my doctor referred me to another physical therapy clinic...can I come to MVMC for my physical therapy?

Although a doctor may refer you to a particular physical therapy clinic, ultimately it is the patient’s right to choose where they receive physical therapy.

How long will my appointment take?

The initial evaluation typically takes 1 hour. Follow up visits typically take 30 minutes. In some, more involved cases the treatment times may take longer.

How often will I have to come in?

That is difficult to answer because treatment plans here are individualized and depend on the complexity of the patient’s condition as well as a number of other factors. In general, a typical episode of care includes a frequency of 2 to 3 times a week.

Will my insurance pay for physical therapy?

Most insurance companies have a physical therapy benefit. However, the extent of the coverage varies greatly between companies. You should check with your insurance company to clarify your physical therapy benefits including: network coverage; co-pays; out of pocket expenses; deductibles, etc. We make attempts to get pre-authorization for physical therapy coverage but ultimately, it is the responsibility of the patients to know their insurance benefits.

I just had surgery, when should I schedule my physical therapy?

Most doctors want the patient to start outpatient therapy right away; within in a few days of surgery and in some cases, the day after surgery. All too often, the patient waits until after surgery to schedule physical therapy. The problem with this is that the physical therapy schedule may already be full and without any available appointments for several days. To ensure that you can be seen in timely manner after surgery, be sure to discuss the possibility of physical therapy with your doctor during pre-op visits. If indicated, then go ahead and schedule your post-op physical therapy evaluation and the first few treatments well in advance of your surgery. This will ensure that you receive therapy within a reasonable time following your surgery.

How does MVMC bill for physical therapy?

At the end of each month, the business office reconciles all billable physical therapy services here at MVMC. At that time, the business office will submit any physical therapy charges to your insurance company. MVMC will also mail you a statement of the amount being billed to your insurance company. Once the insurance company acts on the charges, the business office will send you another statement indicating what the insurance has paid and any balance that you are responsible for. For more information on billing and payment questions, please contact our business office.

Andrew M. Thomas, DPT

Andy earned a bachelor degree in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University and a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He brings 12 years clinical experience to Madison Valley Medical Center (MVMC). Andy has worked with patients of all ages and a variety of physical conditions. Prior to MVMC he also served as the director of Sports Medicine Outreach Services, a program which provided rehabilitative services to over 20 schools in Southern Illinois, including two community colleges. Andy is licensed by the Montana Physical Therapy Board of Examiners and certified by the National Athletic Trainer Association Board of Certification. Whatever your rehabilitative needs are, Andy can assist you in your road to recovery and help you return to your prior level of function.

“I am blessed to have this opportunity and I look forward to serving the healthcare needs of our community.” ~Andy Thomas, DPT~