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New Patients

Thank you for choosing PT First – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for your physical therapy and rehabilitation needs. For our new patients, we ask that you to bring your health insurance card, and physician referral or prescription for physical therapy to your appointment. You will also need to review, complete and initial a series of patient information forms and policy notices. These forms and notices can be downloaded from the links provided on the sidebar, to the right of this page.

On your first PT session, the Physical Therapist perform an evaluation of your condition to determine an optimal treatment plan; this initial session typically takes about an hour. The Physical Therapist will discuss your therapy needs with you and develop a treatment plan for your follow up visits.

Insurance Providers

PT First accepts insurance plans for a large number of healthcare providers. In addition, PT First is proactively working to add other popular providers. We are always ready to help our patients navigate and understand their insurance benefits.

Please check the list of insurance plans below to verify that your insurance is listed.

All Worker’s Comp
Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Coastal Comp
First Health/Coventry
Great West Health Care
New Mexico Mutual
The Hartford
United Healthcare
USA Managed Care

If your health plan is not on the list, please contact us so that we can check with your provider.

We also accept the major automobile insurance providers (e.g., State Farm, Farmers Insurance, etc) with MedPay coverage. If you do not have insurance coverage, PT First offers competitive self-pay rates. Talk with our Office staff for more information on our self-pay rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions that many of our new patients ask. If your question(s) are not listed here, please call the PT First office and talk with one our physical therapy professionals.

As of January 2015, the State of New Mexico only requires that there be an “existing medical diagnosis”, within the past 12 months, of an ailment requiring physical therapy. So per State Law, a doctor’s prescription / referral for physical therapy treatment is not required. Contact your Healthcare Provider to ensure that you conform with their requirements.

If your doctor gives you a prescription or referral, it is generally valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. It’s important that you start your physical therapy as soon as possible to ensure a full and timely recovery.

For those clients who don't have health insurance coverage for physical therapy treatment, we offer a very affordable cash rate. We are most happy to work with our patients on affording physical therapy care and helping them recover as quickly as possible.

We are most happy to assist with you with your workers' compensation or motor vehicle claim. Please contact our office at (505) 884-4609 so that we may get information about your claim and verify your benefits and coverage.

To facilitate PT exercises and treatments, we recommend patients wear comfortable clothing. A loose fitting t-shirt sweatpants or gym shorts, and sneakers are recommended.

Physical Therapy sessions typically take about 45 minutes, but expect about one hour on your initial visit.

In most cases, you will be given printed instructions and diagrams for home exercises. Doing these exercises consistently will expedite your healing and recovery.

Your physical therapy referral will generally specify a number of physical therapy sessions recommend by your doctor. However, the total number of therapy sessions can depend on your progress on resolving the condition. Your therapist will confer with your doctor on the number of therapy sessions required.

Patients will typically need to continue with home exercises for a period of time. You may also elect to continue with a gym fitness program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can recommend a follow-on program for you.

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New Patient Forms

Prior to your first appointment at PT First, please download and print the new patient and medical information forms; the forms can be downloaded in either PDF or MS Word format. Complete and sign the forms, and bring them to your first appointment.

If you are not able prepare these forms in advance, no problem! Just plan on arriving at your appointment at least 15 minutes early and you complete the forms then.

Physician Referral Forms

It’s important for you to know that you have the right to choose any physical therapist participating in your plan — just like you can select any physician under your healthcare plan. Neither your doctor or healthcare provider should dictate the physical therapist that you must see.

Simply tell your physician or healthcare provider that you want to be referred to PT First. To expedite the referral process, please download the referral form using one of the links below, and provide it to your doctor to complete.

Once you have obtained the signed referral from your doctor, please call PT First at (505) 884-4609 to schedule your appointment.