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In the state of Wisconsin, in most cases a client can begin therapy without a physician referral; however, your insurance may require it. Medicare and Medicaid do require a physician referral, but many other HMOs and private insurance companies do not. We can help you determine if you need a referral and will contact your insurance provider on your behalf to verify.
For patients considering a cash pay method, no referral is required; however, we are unable to accept cash for those with Medicare, Medicaid or other government insurance plans.

Our Fax Numbers

Holmen, WI (608) 526-9965
Arcadia, WI (608) 323-2150
La Crosse, WI (608) 519-2225
Blair, WI (608) 989-2285
Watertown, WI (920) 567-2017
Sparta, WI (608) 269-8803
West Salem, WI (608) 790-9478

To our new clients:

Thank you for choosing us to Achieve your health goals!

Please click below to our secure platform and complete the items we need to begin your care. If you will be using health insurance benefits to cover your Physical, Occupational, or Speech therapy services, it may be best to have your insurance card available before you begin. Should you experience any difficulties or have questions during the process, please feel free to reach out to us 877-526-9888.

Achieve Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is OPEN for in-person outpatient services in the following locations:

HOLMEN – LA CROSSE – ARCADIA – BLAIR – SPARTA

Why are we open?  Physical, Occupational, Speech and Massage Therapists are considered essential critical workforce. https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf. We are experts at musculoskeletal conditions. If you are suffering from back pain or muscle strains or had to hold on surgery due to the pandemic, we can help! In most cases, we can see you without a physician referral, reducing the burden on the medical teams needed to care for critical patients. For a free 15-minute consult either by phone or in person to find out if therapy is right for you, contact our nearest location to schedule. Click Here for our locations and phone numbers.

The health and safety of our patients is our top priority if care is needed in person at this time. Click here to find out what Achieve is doing to keep you safe when a visit to our clinic is best for your personal care.

If you are concerned about travelling to our offices, we offer Telehealth Services. Many insurances are covering telehealth for physical, occupational, and speech therapy during this crisis. If you’re unsure whether or not insurance would allow, we are happy to contact the plan to research on your behalf. If insurance does not cover, we have flexible cash pay options to help ease the burden, yet get you the care you need today.

Beginning May 4, 2020, we will resume operations for massage therapy clients in our Holmen and La Crosse clinics. To schedule an appointment, call 877-526-9888.

People usually see a physical therapist for pain or loss of function. Think of the person who has back pain, the injured athlete or the person who’s had a stroke. They all want to improve how they move and complete tasks. Now, there is good reason to wonder if physical therapists will start seeing more people who are not in pain or having difficulty moving. Why would these people come to a PT? To improve their overall health and wellness.

There is strong evidence suggesting that movement is a valuable predictor of future health and resilience against disease. Physical therapists are movement specialists, so taking advantage of their expertise makes sense if your goal is to become healthier and live longer. Here are some examples of the power of movement when it comes to predicting future health:

Gait Velocity

Gait velocity is how fast you walk. Studies have shown that if your typical walking speed is over 1 m/s or 3.3 ft/s, you’re likely able to complete typical daily activities independently. You’re also less likely to be hospitalized and less likely to have adverse events like falls.

If you’d like to test yourself, measure out a straight, flat course to walk between 10′ and 30′ long. You’ll also need 5′ or so at the beginning and the end for acceleration and deceleration. Walk the course at your typical speed and divide the length of the course by how long it took you to walk it (distance/time). That’s your gait velocity.

Get On and Off the Floor

A series of studies suggest that if you can go from standing to sitting on the floor and back to standing without using your hands, you’re a lot less likely to die than someone who can’t. It’s  called the sitting-rising test. Here’s how it works:

You start standing, and without support you sit down on the floor, then stand back up. You start with a score of 10. Every time you put a hand, knee, forearm or the side of your leg on the floor you lose 1 point. Putting a hand on your knee or thigh to help also costs a point. In a sample of over 2,000 people, they found that scoring less than 8 points made you twice as likely to die in the next 6 years when compared to people who scored higher. Score 3 or less and you’re 5 times more likely to die in the same period. Overall, each point in the test is worth a 21% decrease in mortality from all causes.

Notice that both gait velocity and the sitting-rising test aren’t specific to any one thing. The risk of hospitalization in the gait velocity studies was hospitalization for any reason. Death in the sitting-rising studies was death from anything. So while we know that exercise and healthy lifestyle reduce your risk of specific diseases like heart disease or diabetes, it appears that being able to move may provide much more wide ranging protection than we previously thought.

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