What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy or physiotherapy (often abbreviated to PT) is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.

It is key for your physical therapist to be able to identify the triggers that are causing your impairment(s) in order to relieve your symptoms.


How is a pelvic floor physical therapist (PT) for incontinence/pelvic floor dysfunction different than an orthopedic or sports medicine PT?

Orthopedic PTs and Pelvic floor PTs differ in their training and areas of expertise. Orthopedic PT’s typically do not treat the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor therapists are specifically trained to treat the pelvic floor, but may not be as well versed in orthopedics.

It is important for a pelvic floor therapist to have strong background in orthopedics, as there is a strong connection between musculoskeletal issues in different areas of the body and the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor pain or tension, at times, may be a reactor to a primary driver/primary issue of the body. Pain at the site may not be coming from the painful area it may be referred from another area.


How can Physical therapy help my jaw pain?

I have worked closely with UCLA and UCSF’s Orofacial Dept and practitioners, and currently work as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Center for Orofacial Pain.

It is important to have a proper program designed for your diagnosis. There are few practitioners that are well versed in TMJ care, and treatment by an untrained TMJ provider can make TMJ pain/issues worse.

A trained TMJ physical therapist will work closely with your dental and healthcare providers. With proper therapy, you will be able regain proper range of motion, engage in proper muscle activation, decrease pain in orofacial musculature, and decrease headaches that may stem from orofacial musculature. In addition to treatment sessions, a trained TMJ physical therapist will work with you to develop a home program of proper jaw/neck care specific to your diagnosis.


How long will I be in Physical Therapy?

It depends on the individual. Contributing factors can include: patient’s diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and the state of injury.

Post-operative status will be dependent on the referring physician's protocols, compliance with PT sessions, as prescribed, compliance with home exercise program, etc.

On average treatment lasts 6-8 sessions, but can be as little as 3-4 sessions.

Do you only treat women?

No, men are welcome at JQPT for evaluation and treatment.

Will I see the same physical therapist each time?

Yes, it is important to have the same consistent quality of care at each session.

Do you have more than one location?

Yes, JQPT offers treatment in San Francisco and Marin counties. Dr. Quach only sees patients in Marin on Mondays, and patients in San Francisco Tuesday through Friday.

More information can be found on our Contact page.

 

Do you send progress notes to my provider?

Yes, there is close communication with your health providers to make sure that everyone is involved and on the same page with your plan of care.

Do you take insurance?

We are a fee-for-service clinic, meaning that we collect payment at the time of service (cash, credit card, flexible savings accounts and health savings account cards).

After each session we will email an itemized bill to patients who are interested in reimbursement from their insurances. Patients will then independently submit to their insurance companies.

To verify your insurances’ reimbursement policies, feel free to independently contact your insurance provider and inquire about their requirements and coverage for out of network physical therapy.

Do you have gift certificates available?

Yes, gift certificate values are applied against any JQPT services. These are great for baby showers, and a perfect way to treat new and expectant mothers.