Meet the Team at BenchMark Physical Therapy

By Our Town Staff

While many healthcare professionals strive to see their patients repeatedly, BenchMark Physical Therapy’s goal is to get patients better and back to their lives. And, as each BenchMark location is so deeply rooted in the local area it serves, it makes for a very close relationship between patients and the BenchMark team.

As Leah Woods, Doctor of Physical Therapy at BenchMark Physical Therapy of Buford, puts it, “I love seeing you, but my goal is to not have to see you.”

Woods says that even though it seems counterintuitive to want to get rid of their patients, their ultimate goal is to get you better. Though your BenchMark physical therapist will work with you as long as needed, their main objective is to get you to the point that you are well enough and strong enough to need physical therapy no longer. 

BenchMark opened its first clinic in Tennessee in 1995. They quickly spread throughout Tennessee, into Georgia, and across the southeast. They now serve parts of the midwest and northwest United States. Locally, BenchMark serves Gwinnett County with twelve convenient locations, along with many clinics throughout the greater Atlanta area.

Woods serves as the Clinic Director at the Buford clinic at 2815 Buford Dr., Suite 102.  She shared with us the six questions people ask most about physical therapy:

1. How do I know if I need physical therapy?

You may need physical therapy (PT) if you have weakness, pain that doesn’t go away, pain that returns, or pain during activity. BenchMark physical therapists are experts in evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect the ability to move and function.

2. What does PT treat? 

Some of the more frequent conditions that BenchMark physical therapists treat include: Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, IT Band Syndrome, Orthopedics, Osteoporosis, Plantar Fasciitis, post-surgical rehabilitation, repetitive stress injuries, sports injuries, and TMJ dysfunction.

Whether treating pain or restoring function, BenchMark’s plan of care is specifically designed to treat the patient’s diagnosis. Manual therapy, specific functional exercises, and a hands-on approach are important in a patient’s recovery. 

3. Can I go to PT without a doctor’s referral?

Each BenchMark clinic offers direct access, allowing patients to self-refer to see a physical therapist without first needing a doctor’s referral. Direct access is allowed by some insurance companies. BenchMark always consults with a physician’s referral as a team approach to deliver the best outcome. If a patient’s insurance doesn’t allow direct access, then a free musculoskeletal screening can always be performed and a physician referral can be given. 

4. Are BenchMark physical therapists licensed?

Each and every BenchMark physical therapist is licensed by the state. Furthermore, many BenchMark physical therapists hold advanced certifications, such as dry needling or Astym® soft tissue mobilization.  

BenchMark focuses on educating their staff to allow them to grow and specialize. Ultimately, this allows patients to receive better care. For example, Woods is not only a Doctor of Physical Therapy, but also an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). Only 5% of the PTs in the US have the OCS designation. Advanced training enables the PTs to provide better care to their patients each and every day.

5. Will my insurance cover the cost of PT?

BenchMark accepts most insurance. You can call any clinic to see if your treatment is covered. If your insurance isn’t in network with BenchMark, or if you don’t have insurance, a payment plan can be worked out that works for you. 

6. Why should I choose BenchMark for my physical therapy? 

BenchMark is set apart from other physical therapy clinics because it offers hands-on manual therapy. This, along with their advanced certifications, allows them to provide exceptional care. BenchMark is also very involved in serving the community. They desire to make a difference in the lives of those around them. 

If you want to find out more about physical therapy review, or to find the location nearest you, visit the website below. Appointments are usually available within 48 hours. Extended hours are available by request. Complimentary assessments are available with an appointment. 

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