Frequently Ask Questions

Why choose Ellen Fineman Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists specialize in improving movement, function and treating neuromuscular disorders. We apply research while working with people to restore them to their optimal level of function. Physical Therapists are required to have a professional degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited university and are state licensed.

I have extensive experience in evaluation, examination and diagnosis for musculoskeletal problems, injury prevention and treatment for conditions that limit your ability to function with normal daily activities. I use my experience and the latest evidence based research in treatments. Painful conditions may be improved or relieved by correcting muscle imbalance, stiffness or poor coordination. Often, patients may be able to avoid surgery.

Treatments are geared to achieve goals. Initial goals may be to decrease pain, strengthen muscles, increase range of motion or improve balance and coordination. The long term goal is to aid in your recovery and return you to normal activities. Physical therapy can also provide other long term health benefits such as decreased blood pressure, decreased risk of diabetes, increased energy and reduced risk of falling or other injuries.

What types of treatment do you offer?

I provide hands on treatment such as orthopedic manual therapy and specifically tailor an exercise program for you. I use active or passive stretching, muscle strengthening and balance exercises and body mechanics. I provide instruction and education about your specific condition and recommendations to improve your ease of mobility or function. This may include ergonomic suggestions, self management strategies and postural training.

I use biofeedback to help retrain weak or overused muscles. Modalities such as neck and low back mechanical traction, ultrasound, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, TENS, heat and cold are used as appropriate.

In addition to general orthopedic or neuromuscular problems, I provide care for the management of spinal disorders, post surgical rehabilitation, repetitive strain or overuse injuries, sports injuries, women’s and men’s health and utilize biofeedback for stress management, headaches, migraines and postural problems.

Who will treat me?

I am the sole practitioner. I do not use aides or assistants. Unlike many clinics where you see a different therapist at every visit, I will evaluate you at your initial visit and treat you for each subsequent visit. I find it important to develop a relationship for continuity of care to speed your recovery and assure you are an active participant in the process.

How much time should I allow for my appointments?

Appointments may last up to one hour. Your initial appointment will include a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment.

How long will I need physical therapy?

The length of treatment will depend on the type of injury or condition and your medical history. You may need only one visit or several months of physical therapy. Your need for continued treatment is evaluated on an ongoing basis. Progress reports are written monthly, or as needed, and provided to your referring medical provider.

What will happen after completing physical therapy?

With most patients an independent home or gym exercise program is developed and instruction on self management strategies is provided.

What insurance plans do you accept?

I am a provider for many health plans, workers compensation, motor vehicle accident claims and Medicare. It is suggested that you contact your insurance company to find out what your benefits are. Please contact my office if you have additional questions.

If you do not have insurance, payment will be collected at the time of service.

Insurance list

Aetna (some plans)
Assurant Health Plans
Blue Cross Blue Shield * ALL PRODUCTS
Cigna (some plans)
Gallagher Bassett
Health Management Network
Liberty Northwest
Legacy Employee Health Plan
Managed Healthcare Northwest
Med Advantage-Most plans ODS, Healthnet
Oregon Health Systems
ODS (some plans)
Pacific Source
Providence (some plans)
School District #1
Uniform Medical Plans

If your insurance plan is not on this list, please call and we can verify if you can be seen at our clinic.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
  • Please bring your referral, insurance card and any co-payment to your first appointment.
  • You can wear comfortable clothing.

Do I need to see my doctor before going to physical therapy?

As of January 1, 2014, physical therapists are able to treat patients without a medical provider’s referral through direct access. However most insurance plans require you to have a referral or prescription for physical therapy. Some insurers require prior authorization before beginning physical therapy.  Medicare patients will always need a referral to physical therapy for treatment coverage. We encourage you to call your insurance company prior to your visit so that you understand your benefits.

Accepted practitioners are:
Medical Physician MD, Osteopathic Physician DO, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Chiropractor, Dentist, Podiatric Physician.

Where are you located?

Ellen Fineman Physical Therapy is located at 19767 SW 72nd Ave. Suite 102 Tualatin, Oregon 97062. We are wheelchair accessible and speak spanish (se habla espanol.)

Is there parking by the clinic?

Yes, we have a large parking lot directly in front of the clinic – it is easy and convenient and offers Wheelchair accessibility if needed.

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