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  1. Who can receive physical therapy at PT@TheBeach?
    Anyone who has undergone an orthopedic surgery or sustained an injury from work, school, sport or play can be treated by our physical therapists. After receiving a referral from your M.D., the physical therapist can examine, treat and evaluate your need for physical therapy

  2. Will my insurance cover PT@TheBeach?
    Most health insurance policies cover physical therapy. This will be explained in your policy. If you are still not sure, give us a call at 562-985-8286, and we can contact your insurance provider to determine your physical therapy coverage.

  3. What if I do not have insurance?
    If you do not have insurance but have a referral from your doctor, we can treat you on a cost basis. The fee is $25 per 30-minute session, and the physical therapist will recommend the number of visits to help achieve your goals. The physical therapist will also provide you with a home program to help you reach your full potential.

  4. Does PT@TheBeach treat workers’ compensation clients?
    Yes, but we are not able to treat CSULB employees who have a workers’ compensation claim while working at the university. Referring patients for treatment within an organization is not allowed.

  5. What types of problems are helped by physical therapy?
    Orthopedic, joint and soft tissue disorders, post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g., ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, discectomy, total knee replacement), sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain disorders, back and neck pain, arthritis, joint replacement rehabilitation, and much more.

  6. Who will provide my treatment?
    PT@TheBeach director James Buenaventura, PT, DPT, CGFI, and other physical therapists are licensed to practice physical therapy in California. Dr. Buenaventura teaches orthopedic coursework at CSULB and has his own successful private practice in the South Bay area. Some licensed physical therapists may be enrolled in advanced residency training at our clinic, and their practice will be mentored by an orthopedic clinical specialist and residency director Michael Miller, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CCI.

  7. Is parking available on the CSULB campus?
    Parking is available in lots 2, 3, 10, 11A or 11B for patients without valid CSULB permits on campus. Please contact us at 562-985-8286 for assistance in locating the correct parking lots.

  8. What kind of treatment will I receive?
    Your physical therapist will examine and evaluate you to determine the best treatment for you. Treatments may consist of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to facilitate healing, prevent further injury and get you back to a pre-injury status. 

  9. Why should I see a physical therapist for my injury/pain?
    Physical therapists are experts in movement dysfunction. They receive highly specialized education to address all musculoskeletal conditions and use evidence-based, highly effective treatments and interventions to achieve your goals.

  10. What kind of education does a physical therapist have?
    The current entry level of education for physical therapists is the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. It is a three-year educational program beyond the bachelor’s degree designed to prepare graduates to be movement specialists able to treat a variety of disorders (musculoskeletal, neurological, integumentary and cardiopulmonary systems).

  11. What should I bring for my first visit?
    In addition to your prescription/referral for physical therapy and insurance card, bring any completed forms that you downloaded from our website, list of medications or any test results that you have, like an X-ray or MRI.

  12. What should I expect from my first visit?
    You will be seen for an initial evaluation by the physical therapist. Before the evaluation you will complete the paperwork regarding your previous and current medical history. You will provide us with your prescription/referral for physical therapy, insurance card (to check your physical therapy benefits), and pay any required co-pay as determined by your insurance company.

  13. What attire should I wear to physical therapy?
    You should wear comfortable clothing, usually gym attire, so that the physical therapist can properly evaluate, assess and treat the affected area.

  14. How long will each physical therapy visit last?
    The initial evaluation will take 60 minutes. Physical therapy treatment sessions will range from 30-60 minutes in duration, depending on your needs.

  15. What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?
    Please call us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.