What is chronic pain?
Pain that extends beyond the expected duration of healing. Pain is important in that it tells you something is wrong. To have pain for a prolonged period of time (longer than a few months) is not necessary.
Does APT treat only chronic pain issues?
We treat all kinds of acute and chronic pain.
What are the most common causes of pain issues treated at APT?
Some types of pain have no specific causes, and come from “unknown origin.” Others, like worker compensation injuries have a definite cause. Common issues include lower back pain, lower extremity and upper extremity pain (legs and arms, hands, feet etc), migraines, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint disorder, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
What are the most common treatments for pain issues at APT?
Physical therapy, exercise therapy, biofeedback, and counseling. We also use aquatics, ergonomics, yoga, ADLs (activities of daily living), and warm laser therapy.
How do mental and emotional factors contribute to pain?
Pain is a physical problem, but having physical pain for any length of time can cause emotional issues such as stress and frustration. There’s also a psychosomatic component to pain – if you believe you won’t get better, you won’t. We help you deal with both the physical and emotional aspects, teaching you stress reduction, relaxation, and coping tools.
Should someone expect to be pain-free when they leave APT?
Some do but most don’t. However, most of the people who work at APT are themselves chronic pain sufferers whose pain has not gone away completely, but it doesn’t interfere with day-to-day life. So you can expect, assuming you take an active role, that the pain will be significantly reduced and manageable by the time you graduate the program.
Does APT consult or work with doctors during a patient’s treatment?
Yes, we always stay in contact with the referring physician.
With what kind of pain issues can APT NOT help a patient?
We can’t help people who want a “quick fix,” who don’t want to have to be active in their pain management.
Do you need a prescription to be treated at APT?
Because of the treatments we use, state law requires a prescription for you to be treated at APT.
How is APT different from a doctor?
We don’t prescribe medications or administer injections. We teach patients tools to reduce their pain to a level that allows them to return to an active lifestyle.
How is APT different from other pain clinics?
There are no other programs like us here. Typically, most pain clinics have a fixed program where they start a class of patients on day one, go through the identical program and then graduate in three weeks. Also, most programs are full day – we are 4 hours or less (some patients are only here for an hour each time). APT gives patients tools they can use to manage their pain at home, in the workplace, or anywhere else.
What kinds of professionals work at APT?
We have licensed physical therapists, licensed physical therapist assistants, licensed masters of social work, licensed professional counselors, certified biofeedback therapists, certified ergonomic assessment specialists, and certified craniosacral therapists.
How long has APT been in Austin?
Since May 1989.
Does APT accept insurance?
Yes, we accept almost all kinds, including Medicaid. The big ones are Aetna, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Medicare, Medicaid (Traditional, Evercare and Superior), Seton, United Healthcare, MultiPlan, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Workers Compensation. However, if you do not see your provider on this list, it doesn’t mean we don’t accept it. If you have any questions at all, please call and ask.
What ages does APT work with?
We work with all ages from 8 to 98.
Does a patient’s age impact recovery times?
No. Patients with the greatest resolve, who takes an active role in managing their pain, are the ones who do well.
On average, how long should someone expect to be a patient at APT?
Typically, 6-8 weeks. We’ve had patients for as few as two weeks and as long as 12 weeks. It depends on how quickly things work for you, how frequently you come in during the treatment period, and how responsible you are for carrying through on your home program in between visits.
What does it mean to graduate from APT?
It means they have successfully completed our program, they have their pain and stress down to a manageable level, and their function has improved to the point that they can return to an active lifestyle.