Does Medicare Cover Physical Therapy?

Does Medicare Cover Physical Therapy?

Medicare covers physical therapy only for specific problems and conditions. Medicare Part B, the optional coverage for those over 65, does not cover physical therapy for general wellness or fitness. Medicare will cover physical therapy for a variety of conditions, including back pain, knee pain, neck pain, and pain from fractures. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that Medicare covers, it will cover your physical therapy.

If you are covered only under Original Medicare, not an Advantage Plan, Medicare will cover physical therapy if you have certain medical conditions. For example, you may be covered for physical therapy if you have back problems, a hip fracture, or a stroke.

Medicare will cover physical therapy services to treat a specific injury or condition. Medicare will not cover physical therapy for general wellness or fitness, such as for weight loss, smoking cessation, or exercise. Medicare will also not cover physical therapy for general joint pain or for the treatment of pain from arthritis. Medicare will not cover physical therapy to help you recover from a serious illness or injury. Medicare will only cover physical therapy services that are medically necessary to treat a specific condition.

Medicare will cover physical therapy services only if they are performed by a licensed PT. Medicare will not cover physical therapy services that are performed by a licensed PT aide (PT assistant). Medicare will cover physical therapy services only if they are provided in a doctor's office, outpatient hospital setting, or in a skilled nursing facility.

Medicare will not cover physical therapy services that are provided by your personal physical therapist in your home or other place of residence. Medicare will cover physical therapy services only if these services are covered by Medicare. Medicare will not cover physical therapy services if they are provided in a facility that does not meet Medicare's requirements.

Medicare will cover physical therapy services if they are provided by a Medicare-certified physical therapist. Medicare will not cover physical therapy services if they are provided by a physical therapist who is not certified by Medicare.

Medicare will cover physical therapy services for up to 8 weeks in a calendar year. If you need further physical therapy after the 8 weeks, you may need to meet with a doctor to discuss the additional treatments.

Medicare will not cover physical therapy during pregnancy.

Medicare will cover only Physical Therapy services. Medicare will not cover the services of a licensed physical therapist assistant.

Does Medicare cover massage?

Medicare Part B does not cover massage or relaxation therapy. Massage and relaxation therapy services are not considered medically necessary for the purpose of physical therapy. Medicare Part B only covers physical therapy performed by a physical therapist. The two services are very different and are not interchangeable.

Medicare Part B does not cover massage services. Massage services and physical therapy services are two different services that are not interchangeable. Medicare Part B covers only physical therapy services performed by a licensed physical therapist, not massage services.

Does Medicare cover physical therapy for children?

Medicare Part B does not cover physical therapy for children. Medicare will only cover physical therapy for children who are under the age of 21 if they have a specific medical condition. Medicare will cover physical therapy for children who have upper-limb and lower-limb impairment, a spinal cord injury or dysfunction, or a neurological impairment or dysfunction, including stroke, a neuromuscular disease, a body deformity, or orthopedic impairment. Medicare will cover physical therapy services for children who have a severe orthopedic impairment resulting from a musculoskeletal impairment.

Medicare Part B does not cover physical therapy for children who have general joint pain, general body pain, or general orthopedic impairment. Medicare will only cover physical therapy for children when the physical therapy is necessary to correct or improve a specific medical condition.

Medicare Part B does not cover physical therapy for children who are not under the age of 21, including adults. Medicare will not cover physical therapy for adults. Medicare will not cover physical therapy for adults who are not under the age of 21.

Medicare Part B does not cover physical therapy for adults or children who do not have a specific medical condition. Medicare will not cover physical therapy for general wellness, fitness, or general joint pain. Medicare will only cover physical therapy for a specific medical condition, such as a hip fracture, a spinal cord injury, or a stroke. Medicare will not cover physical therapy for general joint pain or for the treatment of arthritis.

Medicare Part B will not cover physical therapy for children who need to recover from a serious illness or injury. Medicare will only cover physical therapy for children who need physical therapy to correct or improve a specific medical condition.

Medicare Part B will not cover physical therapy for children who have a musculoskeletal impairment, but who do not require physical therapy to correct or improve the musculoskeletal impairment.

Medicare will cover physical therapy for children who have a severe musculoskeletal impairment resulting from a musculoskeletal impairment. Medicare will cover physical therapy for children who have a musculoskeletal impairment and who require physical therapy to correct or improve the musculoskeletal impairment.

Medicare Part B will not cover physical therapy if it is provided in a facility that does not meet Medicare's requirements. Medicare will only cover physical therapy if it is provided in a doctor's office, outpatient hospital setting, or in a skilled nursing facility.

Medicare Part B will not cover physical therapy services that are provided by your personal physical therapist in your home or another place of residence. Medicare will only cover physical therapy if it is provided by a Medicare-certified physical therapist in a doctor's office, outpatient hospital setting, or in a skilled nursing facility.

Medicare Part B will not cover physical therapy if it is provided by a physical therapist who is not certified by Medicare. Medicare will only cover physical therapy if it is provided by a physical therapist who is certified by Medicare.

Medicare Part B will not cover physical therapy services if they are provided by

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