What can I expect as a new patient?

We treat the individual based upon their unique needs, stage of recovery, and goals. A new client will first be interviewed for a thorough understanding of the circumstances of their injury or complaint. The following physical examination will help us determine the most pertinent impairments to your dysfunction. We will then address those impairments with hands-on techniques, and finally, re-educated the body with movement. Initial Evaluation and Follow-Ups are one-on-one 60-minute sessions. We utilize a biopsychosocial model at LatitudePT because the research supports a multimodal approach. People who receive manual therapy (hands-on treatment), exercise, and pain science education have better outcomes than people who receive only manual therapy and exercise.

Do you accept insurance?

When someone with health insurance goes to an insurance-based provider (an in-network provider) what they receive are insurance prices. The provider and the insurance company have a contracted price for all covered services. The price depends on the insurance company they're using, and the cost without could be lower. It's also possible the provider is unable to tell you the exact cost before rendering services, and you receive an expensive surprise bill weeks later. This happens in all parts of the insurance-based healthcare system in the US. The insurance company's profit is what's leftover after paying the provider.

 

A physical therapy provider could bill the insurance company for upwards of $250 per session, which is usually the patient's responsibility until they meet their deductible. It depends on the patient's insurance plan, and every plan is different. In 2018 the average deductible for individuals was $4,328. Reimbursement to physical therapy providers from insurance companies for the services they provide has drastically decreased over the years, which means their bottom line per patient has taken a huge cut. This has undoubtedly compromised one-on-one time spent with patients and has also perpetuated the use of out-dated practices. In an insurance-based physical therapy clinic, it is not uncommon for a single PT to be responsible for two to four patients per hour. This can be made possible with 1) the overuse of ultrasound, heat packs, cold packs, and e-stim, all of which have low efficacy, 2) the overuse of exercise equipment, which cannot re-educate natural movement, and 3) the over-reliance on physical therapy aides who lack the knowledge to provide adequate care.

At LatitudePT we provide quality one-on-one care without the influence of insurance policies on our business practices. We typically see clients once, at most twice per week because we are able to make a big impact during each of our sessions. In contrast, most insurance-based clinics want you to come in two to three times per week in order to see results. Considering today's insurance co-payments can be as high as $75 per visit, LatitudePT is an exceptional value. We pride ourselves on our affordable pricing. Our cost per visit is significantly less than what most physical therapy clinics will bill your insurance. Furthermore, if your insurance plan includes out-of-network physical therapy benefits, you may be able to receive partial reimbursement for our services by submitting a claim to your insurance company. We are happy to provide you with superbills for your visits with all the appropriate information. There are usually several requirements that must be met, so be sure to download and complete the Insurance Benefits Worksheet to determine if you will be able to utilize out-of-network benefits.

And why are we determined to keep prices low? Because we believe healthcare doesn't have to be expensive, and everyone has the right to compassionate care. LatitduePT supports the growth of the creatives and Services Industry in Austin by keeping our pricing affordable and further discounting our services for METSI Care members. METSI Care is a Direct Primary Care practice that shares the same office and provides comprehensive high-quality medical care for a low monthly subscription. METSI Care stands for Music, Entertainment, Tech/Start-Up, and Service Industry, and they provide a discounted rate for individuals who work in those fields. Why and how do we make health care so affordable? Because good health is what the members of our community deserve. Creatives and the Service Industry are the cornerstones of our community, and yet they have been left behind. And the "how" is simple: remove all barriers between the patient and their doctor. Click here to learn more about METSI Care.

Do I need a prescription for physical therapy?

In the state of Texas, a prescription for physical therapy is not required in order to initiate treatment, however, a prescription from a qualified provider (physician, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, physician's assistant, or advanced nurse practitioner) is required to continue treatment after 10 days. LatitudePT would be happy to contact your provider and send them a summary of our evaluation of your condition in order to help facilitate the process. Depending on your provider, they may or may not need to see you in person in order to write you a prescription. If you don't have compassionate and convenient access to a primary care provider, consider joining METSI Care. Click here to learn more.

What type of injuries do you treat?

FOOT & ANKLE:

Achilles Tendinopathy (-itis), Ankle Fractures, Ankle Pain, Ankle Sprains, Chronic Ankle Instability, Foot Fractures, Foot Pain, Hallux Rigidus, Hallux Valgus/Bunions, Heel Pain, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Plantar Fasciopathy (-itis), Posterior Tibialis Dysfunction, Shin Splints, Stress Fractures

KNEE:

Knee Bursitis (i.e. Prepatellar, Infrapatellar), Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Knee Pain, Ligamentous Injuries (MCL, PCL, LCL, and ACL), Meniscus Injuries, Patellar Tendinopathy (-itis), Patellofemoral Syndrome/Chondromalacia Patellae

HIP:

Hip Bursitis (i.e. Trochanteric, Iliopsosas), Hip Osteoarthritis, Hip Pain, Labral Disorders, Piriformis Syndrome

ELBOW & HAND:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar Nerve Entrapment), Elbow Pain, Hand Pain, Lateral Epicondylosis (-itis) (Tennis Elbow), Ligamentous Injuries, Medial Epicondylosis (-itis) (Golfer's Elbow), de Quervain's Tenosynovitis, Wrist Pain

SHOULDER:

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Dysfunction, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Shoulder Bursitis (i.e. Subacromial, Subscapular), Labral Tears, Rotator Cuff Tears & Tendinopathy, Scapular Dyskinesis, Shoulder Fractures, Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, Shoulder Instability, Shoulder Dislocations, Shoulder Pain, Sternoclavicular (SC) Joint Disorders

SPINE:

Cervicogenic Headaches, Clinical Instability, Degenerative Disc Disease, Disc Herniations, Facet Joint Dysfunction, Foraminal Stenosis, Low Back Pain, Lower Crossed Syndrome, Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy, Migraines, Neck Pain, Osteoarthritis, SI Joint Dysfunction, Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ), Tension Headaches, Thoracic (Mid Back) Pain, Upper Crossed Syndrome, Whiplash

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Where did you do your training?

Dr. Gumbs graduated from Santa Clara University in 2008 with a B.S. in Combined Sciences and a Minor in Spanish Studies. For three years afterward, he worked for Olympic Physical Therapy in Seattle, WA learning from a group of expert PTs including fellows of Manual Therapy—the highest designation in the field of physical therapy. Since then he has only built upon the concepts he learned there and continues to add to his unique perspective influenced by several schools of thought in physiotherapy, fitness, and athletics including NAIOMT (The North American Institute for Orthopedic Manual Therapy), The Postural Restoration Institute, The Running Clinic, and The Paris Method from the University of St. Augustine's Manual Therapy Continuing Education Program.

In 2014 he graduated with Honor from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The program is strong in orthopedics and manual therapy, thus building on his passion for hands-on treatment. Since graduating his experience has been mostly in orthopedics, and in 2016 he completed his certification in Dry Needling. Other techniques that he practices include IASTM (similar to Gua Sha and Graston), myofascial release, and cupping. Continuing education for runners has also helped him provide better treatment for this unique population. 

Do you provide fitness training?

If you are looking for a fitness routine, we can design a program based upon your specific weaknesses to help you develop a strong (deep) core, help you connect the disjointed segments of the body, and build true foundational strength. We highly recommend a program like the one we can build you before initiating a very high-intensity practice such as bodybuilding, crossfit, or running. The movements that we instruct are rooted in gymnastics, calisthenics, yoga, and martial arts but have been adapted to narrow the gap between dysfunction and optimal function. If you are more concerned about what the body can do that what it looks like, this is for you! But don't worry, the results will come!

How did you become interested in physcial therapy?

For Dr. Gumbs, physical therapy has been a journey towards a deeper self-understanding, and a desire to help others. As a Division 1 cross-country and track athlete, injuries were a part of life. He struggled with severe anterior hip pain from the mid-point of his collegiate running career, and he also watched numerous teammates succumb to a variety of injuries. It sparked an interest and he had to know what was happening beneath the surface. A great course in anatomy was enough to get him started, but he didn't have a good example of physical therapy until starting work with Olympic Physical Therapy in Kirkland, WA. It was there that his passion for rehab grew and his lifelong dysfunctions began to heal. The therapists he worked with were unlike other professionals he had come in contact with. They seemed to consider the whole body from head to toe. Inspired by this experience, he has made it his life's passion to share physical therapy with as many people as possible.  

What types of clients have you worked with?

Dr. Gumbs has worked with a wide variety of patients/clients from elite athletes to older adults who suffer from any number of musculoskeletal conditions such as jaw and neck pain, headaches, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, hand and wrist injuries, knee pain, ACL rehab, labral tears, ITB syndrome, ankle sprains, meniscus repairs, low back pain, disc herniations, plantar fasciitis, and more.

 

Dr. Gumbs loves to work with active people who are trying to get back to what they love because he believes that ultimately movement is the only thing that will truly set the body free.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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     We would love to talk with you about how LatitudePT can help with your injury or concern. I became a physical therapist to make a difference, but the utilization of physical therapy in the United States is extremely poor. About 50% of people in the United States have musculoskeletal pain that lasts longer than three months, but less than 10% of them go to physical therapy. This is extremely disappointing considering physical therapy is the best choice for musculoskeletal concerns when compared to surgeries, injections, and medications that many times do more harm than good. Doubly concerning when we realize that nearly 50% of people in the United States have one or more preventable chronic diseases that could be treated by diet and exercise. Since half of the people in the U.S. are suffering from musculoskeletal pain, physical therapy could make a massive impact on getting people moving again. 

     The problem is the United States spends the majority of its annual $3 trillion in healthcare costs on treating chronic diseases instead of trying to prevent them. Physical therapy should play a bigger part in keeping Americans moving pain-free and empowering them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the U.S. does not invest much in preventative measures like physical therapy. On top of that, the numbers show physicians rarely refer to physical therapy (only 7% of the time for complaints of low back pain), and until recently patients in Texas had to acquire a prescription before starting physical therapy. For many years we were one of the only professions that didn't have the right to determine for ourselves if a particular case was within our scope of practice. Even today, current laws only permit Texas physical therapists 10 days before being required to obtain a referral to continue treating their patients.

     How does all of this affect the public perception of physical therapy, and ultimately the utilization of physical therapy? The system simply does not make preventative measures easily accessible, and insurance-based physical therapy is often much more expensive than most people thought it would be. I believe these reasons are why most people put off physical therapy as long as they can, and then try to stay for as little as possible. In fact, only about 35% of people complete their plans of care for the number of visits recommended by their physical therapist. LatitudePT strives to provide a solution to musculoskeletal pain that is effective, affordable, and transparent in its pricing so that more people will choose physical therapy first, thus lowering the overall cost of healthcare and improving the quality of life in our communities. Join the #RootsMvmt and see how LatitudePT can help you today!

Dr. Chris Gumbs, PT, DPT, ICDN

Physical Therapist & Running Specialist

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