Welcome Our New Patients
Thank you for choosing PT First – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for your physical therapy and rehabilitation needs. For our new patients, we ask that you to bring your health insurance card, and physician referral or prescription for physical therapy to your appointment. You will also need to review, complete and initial a series of patient information forms and policy notices. These forms and notices can be downloaded from the links provided below.
On your first PT session, the Physical Therapist perform an evaluation of your condition to determine an optimal treatment plan; this initial session typically takes about an hour. The Physical Therapist will discuss your therapy needs with you and develop a treatment plan for your follow up visits.
PT First accepts insurance plans for a large number of healthcare providers. In addition, PT First is proactively working to add other popular providers. Please check the list of insurance plans below to verify that your insurance is listed.
All Worker’s Comp
Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Great West Health Care
USA Managed Care
We also accept the major automobile insurance providers (e.g., State Farm, Farmers Insurance, etc) with MedPay coverage. If you do not have insurance coverage, PT First offers competitive self-pay rates. Talk with our Office staff for more information on our self-pay rates.
New Patient Forms
Prior to your first appointment at PT First, please download and print the new patient and medical information forms; the forms can be downloaded in either MS Word or PDF format. Complete and sign the forms, and bring them to your first appointment.
New Patient Forms:
MS Word Format
If you are not able prepare these forms in advance, no problem! Just plan on arriving at your appointment at least 15 minutes early and you complete the forms then.
Physician Referral Forms
It’s important for you to know that you have the right to choose any physical therapist participating in your plan — just like you can select any physician under your healthcare plan. Neither your doctor or healthcare provider should dictate the physical therapist that you must see. Simply tell your physician or healthcare provider that you want to be referred to PT First. To expedite the referral process, please download the referral form using one of the links below, and provide it to your doctor to complete.
MS Word Format
Once you have obtained the signed referral from your doctor, please call PT First at (505) 884-4609 to schedule your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some commonly asked questions that many of our new patients ask. If your question(s) are not listed here, please call the PT First office and talk with one our physical therapy professionals.
Is a Doctor’s Prescription / Referral Needed to Receive Physical Therapy?
As of January 2015, the State of New Mexico only requires that there be an “existing medical diagnosis”, within the past 12 months, of an ailment requiring physical therapy. So per State Law, a doctor’s prescription / referral for physical therapy treatment is not required. Contact your Healthcare Provider to ensure that you conform with their requirements.
“What Should I Wear to My Therapy Sessions?”
To facilitate PT exercises and treatments, we recommend patients wear comfortable clothing. A loose fitting t-shirt sweatpants or gym shorts, and sneakers are recommended.
“How Will Each Physical Therapy Session Last?”
Physical Therapy sessions typically take about 45-60 minutes, but expect about one hour on your initial visit.
“Will I Need to Perform Therapeutic Exercises at Home?”
In most cases, you will be given printed instructions and diagrams for home exercises. Doing these exercises consistently will expedite your healing and recovery.
“How Many Physical Therapy Sessions Will I Need?”
Your physical therapy referral will generally specify a number of physical therapy sessions recommend by your doctor. However, the total number of therapy sessions can depend on your progress on resolving the condition. Your therapist will confer with your doctor on the number of therapy sessions required.