773.770.3682 
4721 N Clark St, #1S Chicago, IL 60640
FAX 773.305.7767
HOURS: Mon. 8:30am-7:30pm / Tues. 8am-6:30pm / Wed 8:30am-6:30pm / Thurs 8:30am-7pm / Fri 8:30am-5:30pm / Sat 8:30am-5:30pm

© 2017 by Meredy Parker PT LLC

FAQ

WHY US?

 

Our Clinic Specializes in Women's health, Sports and Orthopedics

 

We are conveniently located at Lakeview at 3717 N Ravenswood (near the CTA Brown Line at Addison). Our Clinic is very family-friendly so feel free to bring your children if you need to. We have toys and a safe environment for kids.

 

We are committed to providing each patient with the utmost standard of care. 

 

Our practitioners are skilled in manual therapy techniques and use the most current, evidence-based practice to help restore function and eliminate pain.  Our training combined with the personal attention we give to our patients has yielded superior results and a better overall patient experience.

 

  • We will develop a hands-on, individualized treatment approach specifically for you.

  • We will work one-on-one with you at each session for a full hour.

  • We regularly collaborate with area practitioners (specialized physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, nutritionists, and CNM) to offer you an innovative, holistic approach that gives you the best chance at complete resolution of your complaint.

  • We practice in a professional but relaxed, family-friendly environment.  

 

 

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE & PAYMENT?

 

We are an in-network Provider for Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield PPO, BCBS PPO and BCBS Choice plans, but will work with any insurance. We take payment up-front for out-of-network policies (Aetna, United HC, Humana etc) but will submit all the claims to your insurance as a courtesy.  Depending on your plan, you will likely receive partial reimbursement.  You need to call the number on your card and ask about coverage for “out-of-network” physical therapy.  We are happy to help with this if you need. 

 

 

Who uses physical therapy?

 
Those who benefit most from physical therapy are individuals who have sustained a physical injury, have restricted motion, or have pain with activity. If you have had or are planning on having an orthopedic surgery, we will help you progress according to your post-operative protocol and reach your full rehabilitation potential. We also help patients recover from chronically painful conditions and improve posture and body mechanics.

What should I bring with me to my first appointment? 


Please bring your physician’s referral or prescription for physical therapy, your insurance card, and a government issued photo ID, like a driver’s license. It is also advisable to bring any records from your previous doctor, a list of your medications, allergies and a list of prior doctors. We also recommend bringing in a list of any questions or concerns you may have.  Please make sure that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us the necessary paperwork and insurance information to put you in our system.  Please print the new patient forms located HERE, and bring them completed to your appointment. 

What should I wear? 


We highly recommend you bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing or athletic wear to your appointment because oftentimes we will be exercising. Your clothes should also allow us to evaluate your area of injury, so please dress accordingly. For example, if you have a knee injury, please bring shorts, if you have a shoulder injury, please wear a tank-top or loose fitting T-shirt. As for footwear, we suggest comfortable, closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to your first appointment.  

How long does each visit take? 


The initial visit takes a little longer than subsequent visits due to the paperwork that you need to fill out, in addition to the completion of the assessment process. Expect this to take about 60-90 minutes. Follow-up appointments are usually an hour, plus or minus 15 minutes depending on your condition. If you have a specific time constraint, please let us know before your appointment and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

How long will I need physical therapy? 


Your physical therapist will estimate on your first visit the frequency and duration of visits that you will need. This is based partially on your goals, the level of function you want to achieve, the severity of your condition, precautions, post-operative protocols, and any other complicating factors. Your physical therapist will typically re-evaluate your progress after 30 days and will let you know how close you are to reaching your goals. we will send your physician reports on your progress.

When should I start seeing improvements? 


You can typically expect improvements in just a few visits. But the amount that you improve depends on the same factors associated with how long treatment will take. If you follow the treatment plan your physical therapist gives you, including precautions, a home exercise program, and your prescribed follow-up visits, you should notice improvements according to plan. If at any point you feel like you are not progressing at a satisfactory rate, we will collaborate with you and modify your treatment plan. We will always keep you informed as well about your progress.

Will you keep in contact with my doctor? 


After your initial evaluation we will send a copy of the initial report to your doctor along with progress reports at regular intervals.  

Will my insurance pay for physical therapy? 


Typically insurance companies cover physical therapy. Some companies only offer limited coverage. We recommend that you call the benefit number listed on your insurance card to check on your insurance benefits before you start physical therapy. As a courtesy, we can verify your benefits if you give us all of your insurance information within two days of your scheduled initial appointment. We are an in-network provider with BCBS all PPO and Choice. We are not considered in-network for BCBS HMO plans. We work with any insurance.

 

What about Medicare coverage? 

 

Our clinic is considered a Non-Par provider for Medicare.  This means we accept Medicare patients but take payment at the time of service and then submit all claims to Medicare for you.  Typical reimbursement for Medicare is very good but you need to keep track of how close you are to the Medicare cap for each year.  We can help check this for you if you’ve had physical therapy at another facility before visiting us and you want to know how close you are to meeting your cap.

 


Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy? 


Whether your insurance company requires a physician’s prescription or not, the state of Illinois requires that you get a prescription from a doctor, Chiropractor, APN, or CNM on file in order to receive Physical Therapy. Please call us if you have questions, need assistance, or would like a referral to get a diagnosis.  
 

 

What is your cancelation policy?

 

Please note that you will be charged a $50.00 cancelation fee if you do not show up for your appointment or fail to cancel less than 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. If this occurs a second time, you will be charged a full $130.00 fee. Please note these fees will be charged automatically to your account.

It is important that we have adequate time to fill your spot should you not be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  Insurance cannot be billed for this fee. 

 

How do I get started?

 

See our "new patient" guide HERE.

 

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES:

 

Lumbo-Pelvic Pain and Diastasis Rectus Abdominis:  By Dr. Meredy Parker

 

Lymphedema treatment:  By Dr. Meredy Parker

 

American Urogynecological Society

 

Interstitial Cystitis Association

 

American Physical Therapy Association

 

American Physical Therapy Association: Women’s Health

 

International Pelvic Pain Society

 

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Pain Institute  

 

ACOG: Guidelines for Exercise in Pregnancy

 

Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium  

 

Trigger Point Dry Needling

 

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

 

Your Body After Baby 

 

Kineticore: Information on Functional Dry Needling 

 

National Vulvodynia Association 

 

International Pelvic Pain Society  

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Innovative Express Care  

 

Sweet Peas Studio 

 

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Exercise During Pregnancy Official Guidelines

 

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