Providence Olympia Physical Medicine
Physical medicine involves diagnosing and treating diseases that alter your body’s ability to function. Through medication and rehabilitation we can help you operate at your optimal level of comfort and ability.
If you are diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease, your physician may refer you to Providence Olympia Physical Medicine. You may also contact the clinic directly if your diagnosis is confirmed.
Please fill out our new patient paperwork prior to your first visit. If you need to fill it out at the clinic, please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
On your initial visit, you will need to provide information regarding your current medications (for example, medication, dose and frequency). While receiving treatment, if you need a prescription refill for a medication prescribed through this office, we require 72 hours (three working days) advance notice. Please do not wait until you run you. For refills, you will need to contact your pharmacy and they will fax us a request.
If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance company directly. Every plan differs in benefits. We accept Medicare assignment. We also accept contract rates for those health plans where this has been negotiated. Co-payments are due at time of appointment.
Please update us immediately if your insurance changes. We will assist you in obtaining needed prior authorization for services if you make us aware. However, you are financially responsible for the medical rehabilitation services provided to you. In the event your health plan determines a service is “not covered,” you will be responsible for the complete charge. Payment is due upon receipt of your bill.
As part of our philosophy of informed consent, we want you to be aware of some of the potential general risks and benefits for our services. We will work with you to minimize your risks and maximize your benefits.
- Reduction of your pain through prescribing therapy involving stretching or moving parts of your body, medical management of your medications and other treatments.
- Improvement of your ability to perform functional activities relating to your self care, work or home (communication, swallowing, bowel or bladder, medical status, mobility, self care, home/work and community activities, etc.) through a rehabilitation therapy program.
- Training and education of how to perform exercises on your own, or with your family or caregiver, to promote continued improvement in a safe manner. We will also share information on community resources and/or equipment to help you function at home and work.
- Increased pain as we assess your ability to move your body and then work to improve your movement. This is particularly true if you have not used part of your body for some time or experienced recent changes in your body or medical status.
- There is a risk for falls as you work on functional activities, such as walking and transferring. This risk can be due to impairment of your strength, endurance, balance or cognition.
- If you are experiencing swallowing problems, there is a risk for aspiration (food or liquids in the lungs) with oral feeding and assessment. This may include testing in Diagnostic Imaging.
- You may receive electromyography (EMG), which involves insertion of a needle for testing your neurological/muscle function. This will be done only by a physician with training and skills who will discuss this with your prior to any procedure.
- Your physician may prescribe medications, therapy, exercises, lab work or diagnostic testing that has risks as well as benefits. Please ask for further information if you have questions or concerns about these recommendations.