About Our Physical Therapy Service
Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Chelsea offers physical therapy treatment for:
- Orthopedic conditions
- Work-related injuries
- Senior health issues
We provide the highest quality of care by working collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams to assure that you are able to achieve your goals. We also participate in clinically based education and accept students from local universities.
Our facility equipment includes:
- Treadmill, recumbent bike and upper body ergometer
- Strength training equipment and free weights
- Open exercise area
- Private consultation rooms
Interpreter services by telephone are available for our non-English speaking patients.
Our therapists consider the patient to be the most important member of the care team. An initial evaluation is performed by the therapist. Results are shared with you and your referring physician. Next, the therapist works with you to develop a treatment plan based on your own goals. Regular communication occurs with your referring physician regarding your progress, along with other professionals within the medical community to provide the best team approach.
All physical therapy is guided by comprehensive standards of care that are written by a panel of experts. These detailed standards which are regularly updated according to the most current clinical practices, and cover a wide range of patient populations and conditions.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
At your first visit, your physical therapist will discuss your goals, take a detailed history and perform an examination in order to gather information to design a treatment plan that meets your needs. After the examination, the therapist will review the plan with you and together you will discuss the best frequency and timing of your follow up visits.
At your first visit you may be asked to change into a gown for an examination, or you may bring shorts/T-shirt and athletic shoes with you. Wearing loose fitting clothes will allow you to move more comfortably during your therapy session.
Most rehabilitative programs will require that you do some exercises on your own at home on a regular basis. Your therapist will review the exercises and you will be given a written home exercise program with pictures.
Physician Referral Required (All Patients)
To initiate treatment and comply with insurance requirements, all patients must have a referral/prescription from their physician. We see patients referred by doctors both within the BIDMC network and from other medical centers.
For complicated hand/wrist post operative and custom splint fabrication, referrals are made to the outpatient Hand Clinic at BIDMC in Boston.
Scheduling Follow-up Appointments (Current Patients)
Please use the self-scheduling tool on PatientSite to book follow-up appointments.
Physical Therapy at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Chelsea
Chelsea, MA 02150
Shared Services Department, 1st Floor