Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
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
- Neurological Disorders
- Language Disorders
- Vestibular/Balance Disorders
- Memory Cognition
- General Disability
- Swallowing Disorders
- Manual Therapy
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobility
- Orthotic Fitting & Management
- Kinesthetic Taping
- 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
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
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
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~