Frequently Asked Physical Therapy Questions

Do I need to see a doctor before I can see a Physical Therapist?

  • In the state of Texas, you can be evaluated and treated by a licensed Physical Therapist whom holds a doctoral degree and has at least 1 year working experience, for 10 days without a physician prescription, or up to 15 days if the therapist completed a post-doctoral fellowship program. After that time frame, if continued treatment is deemed necessary, a physician prescription is required.

    Our Satellite clinics are happy to schedule and treat patients who do not yet have a prescription for Physical Therapy from a physician.

How long will my PT session last and how much one-on-one time do I get with the therapist?

  • Our sessions are designed to last about 1 hour. The first 30 minutes of your appointment is designated one-on-one time with your therapist. The second half of the appointment is the completion of exercises prescribed by the therapist and supervised by our PT Technicians. The timing and organization of your visit may be adjusted or variable depending on individualized need.

Can I receive physical therapy at Austin Sports Medicine with a referral from a non-ASM doctor?

  • Yes! Our satellite locations will gladly accept prescriptions for PT from non-ASM doctors.
    Our central location is reserved for ASM physician referral patients only.

How is the charge amount for a PT visit determined?

  • Physical Therapy billing codes are determined by the American Medical Association and pricing for each is determined by each individual insurance company. We are happy to look up your insurance’s fee schedule for you! 512-450-1300 ext 120
  • Common treatment codes our facility performs and bills are:

    Therapeutic Exercise – 97110
    > Exercises prescribed by a PT that emphasize strengthening
    Neuromuscular Re-education – 97112
    > Exercises prescribed by a PT that emphasize balance, proprioception, motor control, and coordination
    Manual Therapy – 97140
    > One-on-one, hands on soft tissue and joint manipulation performed by a therapist
    Therapeutic Activities – 97530
    > Prescribed exercise or activity designed to mimic functional performance, like stairs, bending/squatting, hopping, etc.
    Gait Training – 97116
    > Exercises and activities prescribed to improve gait tolerance and gait mechanics

  • The number of units billed per code is determined based on how much time was spent
    performing each:

How much is a physical therapy appointment if I don’t have insurance?

  • Austin Sports Medicine has a self-pay rate between $150 and $250 depending on services rendered and the appointment type.