In January of 2015, the state of Michigan passed the direct access law for physical therapy. This means that an individual can seek skilled physical therapy services without the need for a written therapy order by a physician. The amount of time a physical therapist is allowed to treat a patient without a physician’s order.. read more →

23 Feb 2015
February 23, 2015

Medicare Cap…What Is It?

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January 2013 Medicare began putting a limit (cap) on therapy services. This limit is $3700 for an auto exceptions diagnosis and $1940 if there is not an auto exception diagnosis available. This amount is combined for physical therapy and speech language pathology and a separate $3700/$1940 amount for occupational therapy. The number of therapy visits.. read more →

22 Jan 2015
January 22, 2015

Co-Pay? Deductible? Coinsurance?

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This month Capitol Physical Therapy would like to provide an informational newsletter about insurance deductibles, co-pay amounts and coinsurances. Most insurances start over at the 1st of the year. This means that if you have a deductible or maximum out of pocket expense, it starts over January 1. To further clarify: Deductibles are part of.. read more →

09 Nov 2014
November 9, 2014

Back Pain In Winter

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Shoveling snow is one of the hardest chores that you may encounter during the winter. Snow falls slowly in small, light flakes. When it continues to pile up however, it becomes progressively heavier. It is necessary to protect your back while getting rid of these drifting piles. There are many people injured while lifting or.. read more →

08 Oct 2014
October 8, 2014

Rotator Cuff Tears

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The rotator cuff in the shoulder consists of 4 different muscles (Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis). These muscles are crucial to keep the shoulder joint stable during movement. The most common rotator cuff muscle to be torn is the supraspinatus muscle where the tendon attaches to the bone. This muscle is located on top.. read more →

03 Sep 2014
September 3, 2014

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

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To Impinge means to make an impression on something. In the case of shoulder impingement syndrome, this relates to a boney structure in the shoulder joint making an impression on the bursa and one of the muscles of the rotator cuff. If this persists, overtime the impression will wear on the underlying bursa and muscle.. read more →

03 Aug 2014
August 3, 2014

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

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Cubital tunnel syndrome involves the ulnar nerve on the inside of the elbow. The ulnar nerve lies between two boney prominences at the elbow: The point of the elbow (Olecranon) and the palpable bone on the inside of the elbow (Epicondyle). When the ulnar nerve gets too much pressure such as when resting on a.. read more →

What is Hand Therapy? “Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is the merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized.. read more →

5 Tips for Staying Healthy this Running Season The weather is warming up and you may want to start doing some running to help keep yourself in shape. Running is a great way to relieve stress, increase energy, and burn calories. Here are some tips that you may find useful. Join a running group Running.. read more →

10 Apr 2014
April 10, 2014

Getting Back In The Swing Of Spring

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We have begun to see the promise of nice weather in the past couple weeks and for many of us this has sparked us into doing more recreational activities. Here are some tips and exercises to get you moving in the right direction. Squats Stand with your feet hip width apart and place your arms.. read more →