Frequently Asked Questions
Do I nEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM?
No swimming skills are required! Many of our patients begin aquatic therapy afraid of the water, but after experiencing a few sessions, they fall in love. Both pool locations have a lift for those who need assistance in and out of the water.
WILL THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST BE IN THE WATER WITH ME?
Yes. Our therapists are in the water with you the entire time.
How long are the sessions?
Your initial evaluation will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour outside the pool. Once completed, your regular water therapy sessions in the pool will be 45 minutes to one hour.
IS THIS A GROUP CLASS?
No. Each patient at Water PT is given an individualized program based on his or her diagnosis and current condition, specifically catering to each individual's needs.
What should I bring?
Please bring a copy of your prescription, a list of any medications you are taking, your insurance information, and a photo ID to your initial evaluation appointment. Please arrive at your future water therapy treatments in proper swimming attire, cotton clothing cannot be worn in the pool. Water PT offers wetsuit vests if needed; some patients also choose to bring swim caps, earplugs and/or water shoes. All locations have shower facilities and locker rooms available. You must bring your own towel, toiletries, and locks with you.
Will my insurance cover my treatment?
Water PT is a member of the UCLA and Cedars Sinai HMOs; we accept Medicare and are preferred providers for Blue Shield of California. We accept most private PPO insurances depending on the policy. Please fax, email, call in, or bring your insurance information for verification. At this time we are unfortunately unable to accept Medical and Kaiser.
DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION?
If you would like medical insurance to cover your treatment, then yes, you must have a current prescription from your doctor for Physical Therapy. The prescription needs to include a valid diagnosis and the frequency/duration of your treatment. If convenient, you can fax or email a copy of your prescription and insurance information to 310.881.1219 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the Initial Evaluation. You may begin treatment without a prescription, but we strongly recommend getting one before your first visit to make sure that your insurance company will cover the expenses.