Legacy Physical Therapy 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road Saint Louis, MO 63122
Call: 636-225-3649 Fax: 888-494-7074 Email: info@legacytherapystl.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is physical therapy?

For people with health problems resulting from injury or disease, the physical therapist assists in the recovery process to make them stronger, relieve their pain, and help them to regain use of an affected limb or to relearn such activities of daily living as walking, dressing, or bathing. Because recovery does not end for patients as soon as they are out of the physical therapist’s direct care, physical therapists must teach patients and their families what to do so that healing continues through self-care at home.

Physical therapists also seek to keep people well and safe from injury. They do this by teaching the importance of fitness and showing people how to avoid hurting their bodies at work or play. By designing and supervising individualized conditioning programs, physical therapists promote optimal physical performance and help health-conscious people to increase their overall fitness level and muscular strength and endurance.

What does a women's health physical therapist do?

The emphasis of the health sciences on fitness and wellness has brought to women's attention a need to pay closer attention to their bodies during recreation, work, and throughout life. Many physical therapists have specialized training which will benefit women with a variety of medical conditions. These therapists use every facet of their physical therapy training to evaluate and treat female clients, promoting and enhancing health through the life span. All treatments are individually designed after thorough evaluation.

Even though when you hear women's health physical therapist you may think we only work with female clients, but you would be incorrect. women's health therapists also work with male patients with pelvic floor conditions. Perhaps a better name instead of women's health therapist might be a pelvic health therapist. 

What type of conditions do you treat?

We treat a wide variety of conditions at Legacy Physical Therapy. Examples of conditions we treat include incontinence, pregnancy related musculoskeletal dysfunction, pelvic floor dysfunction, osteoporosis, lymphedema, fibromyalgia, pre & post masectomy issues, post-prostatectomy urinary leakage, chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, fecal incontinence, constipation, and orthopedic conditions.  Please check out the How We Help section of our website for sample treatments. 

What makes Legacy Physical Therapy unique? Why can’t I just go see any therapist?

The therapists at Legacy Physical Therapy, LLC have specialized training tailored to meet the needs of patients with a variety of medical conditions. Our interventions are aimed at promoting and enhancing female health throughout a woman’s lifespan – from adolescence, to pregnancy and motherhood, to pre- and post-menopausal health. Our facility and treatment rooms were custom-designed to provide a private, welcoming atmosphere for our patients.

What insurance plans do you take?

Legacy Physical Therapy maintains contractual agreements with: 

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Coventry/ Group Health Plan
  • Healthlink
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Medicare
  • Mercy Health
  • Missouri PPO
  • Network Synergy Group
  • National Preferred Provider Network
  • Secure Horizons
Can I set up a payment plan?

Yes, we will gladly work with you to set up a payment plan. All that is needed to do so is a credit card.

What forms of payment do you take?

We accept cash, check, and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card).

Do you have a self-pay rate?

If you do not have insurance, we do offer a self-pay rate and would be happy to discuss this with you when you call to schedule.

What should I bring with me/ wear to my first appointment?

Make sure you bring your physical therapy referral (provided to you by your doctor) and your payment information. You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination. Gowns are available if needed.

Do you supply a chaperone for treatment?

Due to the sensitive nature of some of our treatments, you may feel more comfortable having another person attend your therapy sessions with you. We do not have the staff here to provide a chaperone, but you are more than welcome to have a friend or family member come to therapy with you. All treatments will be explained to you ahead of time and nothing will be done that you are uncomfortable with. Our website www.legacytherapystl.com has a wealth of information about the different treatments to expect. You are also welcome to speak directly with the therapist ahead of time if you have questions regarding your treatment.

Will I always see the same therapist?

Legacy Physical Therapy strives to provide the highest quality of care to its patients. All therapy treatments are administered by the same therapist every time. We understand the intimate nature of some of the conditions we are treating, and we want you to feel very comfortable with the therapist who is treating you.

What type of education does my therapist have?

Brooke is a Board Certified Women's Health Physical Therapist who has both her doctorate and masters degree in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Before that she received her Bachelors degree from Princeton University. She has been practicing for 10 years and has attended numerous continuing education courses in the field of women’s health.

What are your hours?

We are open 8-6 Monday through Friday and on Saturdays by appointment.

Where are you located?

We are located 2 miles west of Highway 270 at the intersection of Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend in the Shoppes of the Seven Oakes center. 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd Suite 105 St. Louis, MO 63122 

From Downtown: Take 44 east to 270 north. Exit at Dougherty Ferry and turn left to go west. Travel for 2 miles until you see the Shoppes of the Seven Oakes on your right. 

From South County: Take 270 north. Exit at Dougherty Ferry and turn left to go west. Travel for 2 miles until you see the Shoppes of the Seven Oakes on your right. 

From North County: Take 270 south. Exit at Dougherty Ferry and turn right to go west. Travel for 2 miles until you see the Shoppes of the Seven Oakes on your right. 

From West County: Take 141 south to Big Bend. Turn left onto Big Bend. Turn Left onto Dougherty Ferry. Turn left into the Shoppes of the Seven Oakes.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes. We provide one-on-one treatment time with each of our patients, so an appointment is necessary to ensure that each patient gets the care she deserves.

How long should I expect to be there?

Plan on your first appointment lasting roughly 60 minutes. Based on your evaluation, your therapist will determine the length of any follow-up appointments, but 60 minutes is a good estimate.

Do I need to arrive early for my evaluation?

If you have not filled out your paperwork ahead of time, please plan on arriving 15 minutes early for your first appointment to fill it out.

Can I get my paperwork early to fill out?f

If there is sufficient time between scheduling it and your actual evaluation then we can mail you the paperwork ahead of time if you request. You are also welcome to download your paperwork from our website or to stop by the clinic before your initial evaluation to pick up your paperwork and tour the facility if you would like.

What can I expect with my therapy sessions?

You will work one-on-one directly with your therapists to address your functional and movement issues. The therapist will use this time to instruct you in proper exercise performance, activity modification ideas, and a home program. Plan to be very involved in your treatment. It will not be passive in nature. Each treatment program is individually tailored to the patient.

How many times will I have to come to therapy?

Duration of your therapy sessions is dependent on many factors including, medical diagnosis, severity of symptoms, chronicity of symptoms, and patient’s participation in treatment. After your initial evaluation you therapist will discuss the plan of care with you and estimate how many sessions she thinks it will take to reach your goals.

Can I bring my children to the appointment?

Children are welcome as long as they are supervised. We have coloring books and some toys for younger children as well as a bouncy seat for a baby. We do not have the staff to provide babysitting services during your appointment.