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Why more people are choosing to pay cash to eliminate their pain


We are all familiar with the usual course of treatment when we are dealing with an injury or chronic pain. First, we go see our Primary Care Physician (PCP) who recommends pain medication and muscle relaxers. We take those for 4-6 weeks and go back to the PCP when the pain is not any better. The PCP then orders an X-ray which doesn’t show anything and we are referred to a specialist. It takes a couple
of weeks to get in to see the specialist. Meanwhile, the pain medication is not eliminating the pain and is upsetting our stomachs. The specialist recommends either surgery or avoiding the activities that cause pain. This is the assembly line of the modern medical system that leaves many people feeling frustrated or hopeless.

Did you know that you could bypass this system?

In Washington State, you can see a Physical Therapist directly to deal with your pain issues. You do not need a prescription. You may even be able to go in for a free consultation to get all your questions answered and see if PT is right for you.

Don’t I need an MRI?

What if you could avoid the cost, hassle, and exposure of having an MRI? Research has proven that what shows up on MRI’s is often not correlated to what is causing your pain. Often the pain is caused by a movement dysfunction that an MRI cannot see. Physical therapists are experts on movement dysfunctions. They are able to “see” areas that are not moving correctly and help to get them moving pain free.

How do I know if Physical Therapy will even work?

Often the art and science of Physical Therapy does work, it is the mode of delivery that doesn’t work. Traditional PT’s in an insurance based model are forced to see more patients in less time. They are compensated for using things like ultrasound, E-stim, and ice/heat. In this system, the insurance companies decide how much treatment you get instead of you and your therapist deciding on the best plan for you. Insurance companies often dictate the schedule you are seen on which may not be the optimum for your body or for your lifestyle. Having 2-3 PT treatments per week can be a strain on your already busy schedule. All of this restraint has caused Physical Therapy to get a bad reputation.

What other options are available to you if you don’t want to take medication, you don’t want surgery, or you have had a bad experience with Physical Therapy before? You can take matter into your own hands and pay out of pocket for an experience that is custom tailored to your unique needs.

You want me to pay for Physical Therapy?

Yep. Here’s why – people will see a chiropractor, massage therapist, and personal trainer in an effort to manage their pain and move forward with their lives. Physical Therapists are specialist in movement disorders and have training to move stuck joints, release tight muscles, and teach you specific exercises to help your body heal. We will also offer you loads of education on how to keep yourself healthy and pain free in the future.

Here’s how – at PT4EB we spend more time with you. Most sessions are one hour. You are given our complete attention for that one hour. We usually only see people once per week for 6 sessions and then we spread sessions out. Often people require a total of 10-12 sessions. During and after your treatment, we can check in over E-mail if you have any questions. Traditional PT clinics blow through
your 12 visits in 4-6 weeks. This is long enough to get you feeling better but not long enough to make real changes in your body. The real changes you need for long term results. This costs you more in the long run as the problem comes back.

Since the insurance companies do not decide on your course of treatment, we are able to spread your visits out. We are able to give you undivided attention. You have time to get all your questions answered. You have complete access to us both during and after your treatment for any questions that come up.

Many times sessions can be paid for by submitting your claims to your insurance company. Please let us know and we will provide you with a superbill – the paperwork needed to submit your claims. We also accept Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

People often come to our clinic as a “last resort” after exhausting their other options. They refuse to have surgery which is the only medical option provided to them. People are tired of taking medication because they realize that it only masks the symptoms. They are frustrated, disheartened, and sometimes depressed over their lack of activity. The biggest question I hear is – how come I didn’t find you earlier?

Are you curious if this model is right for you?

If you are local to the Maple Valley area, please feel free to give us a call. We are happy to answer all your questions or have you come in for a free Discovery Visit to see if we are a good fit for your needs. Please click here to fill out a brief contact form (link to contact form).
If you are not local please feel free to give us a call. We have a network of other providers throughout the US that we can connect you with who hold these same values.

Your health is at least worth a conversation, right?

Dr. Amy Konvalin

Dr. Amy Konvalin

Struggling with pain and dysfunction can impact every part of our lives — it drains our energy, distracts us from our goals, and keeps us from the people and activities we love. As an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Dr. Amy Konvalin understands how frustrating those limitations can be — and she knows how to help get you back to the life you want to live! Beginning with a focused evaluation, Dr. Amy works to determine the root causes of your pain, as well as understanding how it affects the way you move through your world. Dysfunctional patterns of movement often grow worse with time and cause further damage if left untreated — so it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible. Dr. Amy knows there is no one-size-fits-all plan for success, and she partners with patients to identify their unique treatment goals and personal values. Using these goals as a guide, Amy uses her doctorate training in manual (hands-on) therapy and exercise prescription to treat patients with a wide variety of medical challenges and histories throughout the Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Covington areas. Dr. Amy is also a wife to a Boeing superstar/former C-130 navigator. While they lived in Germany, Dr. Amy was able to volunteer with the US Army to treat military personnel and civilians on base. She has two beautiful teenage ballerinas who keep her on her toes and educate her on all things ballet! Bailey, the princess pup, is her running partner and her napping partner. In the spare moments in between, Amy enjoys reading, yoga, wine with friends, Pilates, and walking on the beach.
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