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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page of KinetikChain Denver, your trusted physical therapy clinic in Denver, Colorado. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about our services, our team, and how we can help you recover from pain or injury. This page is designed to provide answers to the most common questions we receive from our patients and visitors.

At KinetikChain, we are committed to helping people quickly recover from pain or injury so they can stay active in their favorite sport or hobby, continue exercising, and get back to what they love to do. Our dedicated team of experienced therapists provides top-notch care, addressing various musculoskeletal issues and injuries, including back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain, hip pain, foot and ankle pain, sports injuries, and more.

If you have any additional questions or if there’s something you’re unsure about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Physical therapy is a healthcare profession that helps people improve their movement and function. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to help people recover from pain, stiffness, and injuries, improve chronic conditions, and prevent future problems.

Physical therapy can help people with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Foot and Ankle pain
  • Sports injuries and sports injury rehabilitation
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Issues
     

Physical therapy can also help people improve their strength, mobility, and flexibility, and get rid of pain and stiffness. It can also help people improve their balance, coordination, range of motion, and improve athletic capabilities in sports.

The length of time that physical therapy lasts varies depending on the individual’s condition, how long the condition has been around, and your goals. While it is common in most clinics for physical therapy to last several months, in our clinic the most common timeframe is about 6 weeks.

  • There are many different types of physical therapy, including:
     
    • Manual therapy (hands on therapy)
    • Exercise therapy
    • Neurological (dealing with neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, strokes, etc)
    • Occupational (to help prepare you for physical work related activities)
    • Sports (to help you get back to working out, active pursuits, sports, and hobbies)
    • Women’s Health (dealing with women specific issues.  Common issues are incontinence, pregnancy discomforts, pre- and post-partum pains, internal pelvic pains, and many more)
    • Geriatric (specializing in the over 65 crowd)
    • Electrotherapy
    • Heat therapy
    • Cold therapy
       
    The type of physical therapy that is right for you will depend on your individual condition and goals. Electrotherapy, heat, and cold therapy can help a little with your pain, but don’t really help you to solve the problem causing your pain and should only be one very small part of your treatment if used at all.  At KinetikChain we have therapists that are specialists in manual therapy, exercise therapy, occupational physical therapy, sports physical therapy, and women’s health physical therapy.
     

A physical therapy session typically begins with an assessment of your condition. The physical therapist will ask you about your symptoms, medical history, and goals. They will also perform a physical examination.
 
Once the physical therapist has assessed your condition, they will develop a treatment plan. The treatment plan will typically include exercises, stretches, and other techniques.
 
The physical therapist will also teach you how to perform the exercises and stretches at home. They will also provide you with tips on how to manage your pain and improve your overall health.

The cost of physical therapy can vary a little depending mostly on the quality.  Some things to consider when choosing a physical therapist: 

  • Are they an expert in helping people just like me with similar injuries?
  • Will I get one on one care, or will the therapist be treating other people at the same time as I am there?
  • If I do get one on one care for how long will I get my PT’s undivided attention? 5 min, 10 min, longer?
  • Will I get hands-on care, or will I mostly be getting exercises?
  • Will my time be spent doing exercises I could easily do at home or with other passive modalities like heat, ice, or electrical stimulation?
  • What do other people say about them? Check out our reviews page!
  • How will the PT and the rest of the team communicate with me?
  • What do I want my PT experience to be like (busy clinic with lots of people everywhere vs a smaller feel where everyone is working for you to get better? 

Ultimately the price varies depending on what experience you would like and the length (total visits) of your treatment.  If you are just looking for the cheapest place for PT then you can go anywhere your insurance suggests, but remember you get what you pay for.  And if you pay for a PT clinic that is lower quality, they may not be able to help you get better.  Sometimes all it takes to make a difference is for a PT to take the time to listen to you.

The way many people find their PT is by asking their doctor or friends.  But because PT is so specialized and what you want for your PT experience may be very different, you will likely want to do your homework by searching online. Checking out the PT’s and what they are about, what the clinic stands for, and what other people are saying about them and the clinic’s reputation through online reviews can help you to know if you have found the right place.

The way many people find their PT is by asking their doctor or friends. It can be normal to have some minor pain during the initial phases of therapy as your body adjusts to the exercises and techniques. But because PT is so specialized and what you want for your PT experience may be very different, you will likely want to do your homework by searching online. Checking out the PT’s and what they are about, what the clinic stands for, and what other people are saying about them and the clinic’s reputation through online reviews can help you to know if you have found the right place.

 

Loose fitting athletic clothing usually works best. With pain many times there is a victim and culprit scenario. Usually the pain isn’t coming from where you are feeling it (victim). Poor movements from up or down the chain are usually the cause of your pain (culprit) by causing body areas far away to take an increased stress load, which leads to pain. So we need to look at the joints and body areas above and below your area of pain. Wearing loose fitting athletic clothing allows us to better see you move and fully assess the causes of your pain.

Usually, you can notice improvements in the first 1-2 sessions.  Rarely will it take more than 3 sessions to notice some improvements.

Staying motivated during physical therapy can be a challenge. However, there are a few things you can do to help stay on track:
 

  • Set small milestones to hit on the way to your goals.
  • Find a physical therapist that you trust and connect with.
  • Make physical therapy a priority in your life.
  • Look at physical therapy as improving your performance in your favorite sport or hobby.
  • Reward yourself for your progress.
     

The risks of physical therapy are generally low. However, there are some rare potential risks, such as:
 

  • Bruising
  • Soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Increased pain
     

If you experience any of these risks, you should tell your physical therapist.  They can change your program so that these don’t happen again or minimize their impacts on your life.
 

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