The Value of Prehab With Aquatic Therapy
The following blog post has been summarized from the recent article, “How Private Pay Allows for a Truly Patient-Focused Facility” by Lisa Corsa, PT, DPT, MPT, in the Impact Magazine Fall 2016 Issue: October Edition.
Lisa Corsa, PT, DPT, MPT, owner of Premier Therapy Services in Boca Raton, Florida describes going beyond traditional equipment to enhance rehabilitation services in the Fall Issue of PPS Impact Magazine (The official publication of the Private Practice Section of the APTA). Corsa believes in the value of educating patients on the benefits of water and the importance of making a difference in the community. In the article, “How Private Pay Allows for a Truly Patient-Focused Facility,” Corsa states that patients are beginning to realize the value of using aquatic therapy for prehab,
“Sure, there’s a financial barrier for patients to overcome before committing to paying out of pocket for prehab treatment, but once they see it leads to improved muscular responses post-surgery, they realize the value. And that value is hard to contain.”
One of the routes Corsa and her team traveled down to expand the facility was by investing in an advanced therapy product equipped with an underwater treadmill and cameras. Patients are benefitting from the weightless environment the water provides to optimize recovery. There is a segment of the population that is willing to pay for the services to improve their quality of life. Corsa even says that “They are finding that with the addition of aquatic exercise . . . the opportunities are endless!” The practice is attracting a wider patient base because of the enhancement of the chance to introduce aquatic therapy into their routine.
The practice does not accept insurance and Corsa appreciates the ability to offer the modality to private pay patients. Corsa talks about the financial barrier for patients to overcome before committing to paying out of pocket for prehab and rehab. She expresses the value in the service to her patients of using the aquatic therapy product.
Corsa describes the importance of choosing a great practice that can improve a patient’s quality of life. She thrives off of dedication from her patients and enjoys seeing their progress with aquatic therapy. Corsa is passionate about the work she does and enjoys sharing her out-of-the-box ideas with other practice owners. As stated by Corsa, “When you push beyond your facility’s perceived limitations, even just a little, the results can be transformative.”