FAQs

What is sports medicine?

Sports Medicine evolved as a medical specialty from the need of athletes to quickly rehabilitate injuries and get back into action as soon as possible and at the same time returning to a very high functional activity level. Today, we employ this treatment philosophy with all our patients—whether their goal is to run a 5K, go up a flight of stairs or to lift a child. We're here to help you heal better faster and return safely to your activities.

Do you have to be an athlete to be seen at the WMU Sports Medicine Clinic?

No. You do not have to be an athlete, nor does your injury or condition have to be sports related to be seen. Services are open to WMU students, faculty, staff and retirees as well as to individuals of the southwest Michigan community.

Does insurance cover physical therapy?

Yes, we participate with most insurances.

Do I need a referral to see a WMU sports medicine physician?

No. You may set up an appointment to see one of our specialists without previously seeing another physician.

Do I need a prescription to come to physical therapy?

Evaluation: No. In Michigan, it is your right to have "direct access" to physical therapy. An initial assessment of physical therapy measures can be administered by a physical therapist without a prescription.

However, your health insurance may require you to be seen by a doctor prior to this evaluation and no treatments can be administered without a prescription. We recommend that all of our patients be seen by a primary care physician or one of our sports medicine specialists prior to the initial PT visit to expedite beginning treatment administration.

Treatment by a physical therapist: Yes, you need a signed prescription from your physician. In Michigan that includes M.D., D.O., D.P.M., D.D.S. or P.A.-C.

Can I go to any physical therapy clinic?

Yes, by state law it is your choice as the patient as to where you receive treatment for physical therapy.

What do I need to wear?

Wear clothing that gives access to the area being treated. Workout clothes are preferred—t-shirts, shorts or running pants—comfortable loose fitting clothes.