FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding our practice.
What is Functional Dry Needling®?

Functional Dry Needling® (FDN) is commonly mistaken for acupuncture, but there is a clear distinction between the two practices. Yes, both are similar in that a needle is inserted into the skin to alleviate pain however, the primary difference between the two is that acupuncture treats for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi (or energy) along traditional Chinese meridians while FDN follows evidence-based guidelines to treat specific treatment conditions, using recommended “trigger point” locations.

Functional Dry Needling® is a treatment employed by our trained physical therapists here at Suarez Physical Therapy. It involves the insertion of a tiny monofilament needle directly into a muscle or muscles using a pistoning technique (moving the needle up and down in the muscle tissue) or with the application of electrical stimulation, directly to the needle, to elicit a muscle contraction.
Based on the evidence, the goals of FDN is to help treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions, reducing pain and muscle tension and/or improving strength and range of motion. Implementing FDN to specific treatment plans has been proven to help speed up and promote healing.

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Citation: https://www.northshore.org/healthy-you/difference-between-dry-needling–acupuncture/

Are there side effects of Function Dry Needling?
FDN is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Like any treatment, there are possible complications. While complications are rare in occurrence, they are real and must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment.

Risks may include, injury to a blood vessel causing a bruise, infection, and/or nerve injury. Bruising is a common occurrence and should not be a concern. Sensitivity and discomfort at the needle site may occur following treatment.

However, rare complications have occurred. For example, the most serious risk with FDN is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax) with treatment of thoracic musculature. If this were to occur, it may likely require a chest x-ray and no further treatment. The symptoms of shortness of breath may last for several days to weeks. A more severe puncture can require hospitalization and re-inflation of the lung. This is a rare complication, and in skilled hands it should not be a major concern.

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What should I expect from my first PT visit?

Great question!  Click on Your Visit in the menu bar below the Suarez PT logo to learn what to expect, what to bring with you, and what to wear during your first physical therapy exam.  Should you require specific accommodations during your treatment, please let us know at the time of booking so we can do our best to accommodate you.

How many locations do we have?

We currently have three locations in the Las Vegas valley. To view addresses and get map directions click here.

What are our hours?

Southeast (Sunset): Sunday through Saturday 8am – 7pm

Southwest (Cimarron): Monday through Friday 8am – 7pm; Saturday 8am – 6pm

Northwest (Centennial): Monday through Friday 8am – 7pm

Do we speak Spanish?

Si.

Are we taking new patients?

Yes, and we are usually able to schedule within the same week after the verification of insurances and referrals.

Do we take pediatric patients, specifically infants?

Yes.

What insurances do we take?

We accept all major PPO plans and Worker’s Comp Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and Culinary.

However, we are not contracted with United Healthcare, Sierra Health and Life, Health Plan of Nevada, Smart Choice and most HMO plans.

Download our full contracted insurances list HERE

What insurances need referrals from the doctor?

Amerigroup, Culinary, Medicaid and Medicare (always). The other insurances may require a referral depending on the plan design.

How many patients do we typically see per hour and per day?

Typically we see 4-6 patients an hour.

Can SPT assist with a patient obtaining orthotics and other Durable Medical Equipment?

Yes.  We work with the patient’s primary physician and the DME company to provide needed equipment and orthotics.

Do we handle Personal Injury cases?

Yes.  We work with the majority of Las Vegas attorneys.

What types of massage therapy do we offer?

Regular and deep tissue massages by a licensed massage therapist.

Do we accept private pay (no insurance)?

Yes. We accept private pay for both treatment and massage.

Do we accept 30 minute treatments?

No.  We don’t feel like 30 minutes is sufficient to accomplish a patient’s treatment goals. Therefore, we only treat in 60 minute increments.

What Is Home Health Care At Suarez PT?

The Suarez Physical Therapy “care.experience” our patients, providers, and attorneys have grown to love is now being offered in the Home Health Care setting!

Our goal, as SPT en Casa clinicians, is to accommodate motor-vehicle accident and personal injury rehabilitation patients unable to start outpatient physical therapy due to transportation or post-surgical limitations.

The best part about us now offering this additional service is that it allows for the patient to avoid delay of treatment and much needed care, but also provides a quick and safe transition into our outpatient physical therapy setting.

 

Home Health Services

  • Pain Relieving Modalities (i.e. Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound)
  • Stretching and Strengthening Therapeutic Exercises
  • Soft Tissue Mobilizations and Massage
  • Coordinate with Nursing Staff
  • Post-Surgical Durable Medical Equipment (DME)/Orthoses
  • Hospital Discharge DME (i.e. crutches; walkers)

 

Transition To Our Outpatient Centers

  • Open 7-Days a Week
  • Low Clinician-to-Patient Ratio
  • Licensed Massage Therapist on Staff
  • Spanish-Speaking Staff
Where Can My Physician Send My Home Health Referral?

All referrals may be faxed to 702.685.7811 or emailed to homehealth@suarezpt.com ATTN: Home Health Care Department.

Where Can I Get My Home Health Initial Evaluation Paperwork Packet?

 

Option 1:

You may have a family member or loved one pick up the Home Health Paperwork Packet at one of our three convenient locations.

Southeast (Sunset): Sunday through Saturday 8am – 7pm

Southwest (Cimarron): Monday through Friday 8am – 7pm; Saturday 8am – 6pm

Northwest (Centennial): Monday through Friday 8am – 7pm; Saturday 8am – 6pm

 

Option 2:

Print Home Health Paperwork Packet!

Please CLICK HERE to find your printable Home Health Paperwork Packet. Please print, fill out, scan and then email back to liensmanager@suarezpt.com or fax to 702.685.7811.

DOWNLOAD FORMS HERE

 

Option 3:

We can mail the Home Health Paperwork Packet to you to complete and use a pre-paid envelope to send back. Please note that this will delay the start of your 1st appointment. We cannot put you on the schedule until we have all signed paperwork back.

What Should I Expect On My First Home Health Visit?

Your assigned physical therapist will call and/or text you (based on your preference) for an appointment reminder the day before and will reach out 1-hour prior to your session the day of. If you do not respond and confirm appointment, the PT will NOT make the trip to your home.

Once your personal licensed physical therapist arrives, they will conduct an initial evaluation to identify your impairments and limitations. Please be prepared to discuss details of your motor-vehicle accident or personal injury accident as well as general health and past medical history on the first visit.

After the evaluation, based on your diagnosis and your personal goals, they will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Your PT will create a home exercise program (HEP) with specific exercise that you can do on your own to help assist with your recovery process. Your physical therapist will explain each exercise and make sure you understand the proper technique. This will be the extent of the treatment for this visit. Your next visit will be a full 1-hour treatment session with one of our licensed physical therapist assistants.

How Frequent Will I Need Home Health Physical Therapy?

Most prescriptions and treatment frequencies are for 2-3 visits per week, for 4-weeks, but this will vary based on your condition and physical ability.

Physical therapy sessions will typically last an hour. Treatment plan length will vary based on home bound necessity. You will see your PT every 7th visit or every 21-days; whichever comes first, and all other sessions will be with your PTA. Please make sure to keep your regular follow-up visits with your doctor and let us know of appointments so that we can update your physician/attorney on your progress.

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