Program Information and Costs
Physical therapy costs vary widely; you must ask “what level of service am I getting?” Services such as ice, heat, electrical modalities and group sessions where therapists oversee several patients at a time cost less than hands-on services performed one-on-one in a private treatment room.
We provide very specialized physical therapy (PT) services. Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals with advanced university degrees in their profession. In the U.S., they are licensed by the state to treat pain and dysfunction, non-surgically.
An elite group, Clear Passage certified therapists average over 23 years of experience in manual physical therapy. They provide a unique treatment (the Wurn Technique®) that has earned the respect of many fine physicians (see Researchers and Advisors). This therapy represents a unique compilation of advanced manual and osteopathic physical therapy techniques, combined with techniques we have developed and researched since 1989. We began developing our work as a physical therapy to treat complex chronic pain patients – those who could not find relief elsewhere. When several women became pregnant despite a diagnosis of infertility, we began to develop protocols for infertility patients. Once we started opening blocked fallopian tubes, it was not a far stretch to start treating blocked intestines, or small bowel obstruction. Our results have been published in respected peer-reviewed medical journals. We treat infertile women, chronic pain and bowel obstruction patients of both sexes from around the world.
Many try to compare us with massage therapy. We do not provide massage therapy, and it is important to recognize that the Wurn Technique® is not massage. Our work is a very specialized, site-specific manual physical therapy designed to address the adhesions that cause pain and poor function. Over 20+ years of study, research, and development of manual physical therapy techniques, we have significant expertise in the anatomy, function, and treatment of the entire body, including post-surgical scars, chronic low back pain, severe recurring headaches, female reproductive and abdominopelvic conditions.
Neither massage nor any other pelvic physical therapy has published results proving effectiveness treating adhesions and infertility. We are presently developing data for publication of our work with small bowel obstruction. Only the Wurn Technique® has been shown in medical studies and citations to:
- Decrease adhesions
- Improve natural pregnancy rates
- Improve IVF success rate
- Open blocked fallopian tubes (with live births)
- Open hydrosalpinx (with live births)
- Decrease endometriosis pain
- Significantly decrease intercourse pain, and
- Improve sexual function
Fertility Program: Our 20 hour fertility program is our “gold standard”, designed to increase your reproductive function and decrease any chronic or recurring pain in your body. It includes therapy to improve hormonal levels and decrease or eliminate any abdominal, pelvic, bowel, back, hip, or tailbone pain you may experience.
Pain Program: Our pain program is designed to address the cause of chronic, unexplained or recurring pain anywhere in the body. Frequent pain complaints we treat include long-standing back, hip, and neck pain; frequent debilitating headaches; pelvic and abdominal pain or cramps; pain from endometriosis, menstruation, or intercourse; full body or unusual pain patterns; and tailbone pain. Patients coming only for pain issues may attend hourly as needed.
Improved Function Program: Our improved function program is designed to address the causes of decreased function.
Sexual Function – Studies show women who received our therapy experienced significant improvements in all areas of female sexual function (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and satisfaction).
Bowel Function – We are seeing very good success increasing intestinal function to improve digestion and decrease constipation, loose bowels, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and small bowel obstruction (SBO), breaking the cycle of surgery-adhesions-surgery for our patients. Patients with a history of adhesion-related small bowel obstruction (SBO) generally fall into three categories: mild, moderate and severe adhesions.
Mild adhesions: Patients with histories below generally have mild adhesions. They usually have success after a single 20-hour session of our therapy, with no need for further therapy or SBO surgery.
- a single site-specific abdominal or pelvic surgery, and
- no history of general abdominal or pelvic infection or trauma (such as burst appendix, peritonitis, significant trauma)
Moderate adhesions: Patients with histories below generally have moderate adhesions. They usually require 30 to 40 hours of treatment to achieve success, with no need for further therapy or SBO surgery.
- two or three abdominal or pelvic surgeries without trauma or infection, or
- a mild general infection in the abdomen (e.g., appendicitis, but no burst appendix) or
- zero or one abdominal surgery and moderate trauma in the abdomen (such as moderate to severe endometriosis or a moderate ‘seat belt’ injury) , or
- an abdominal or pelvic infection requiring more than two weeks of antibiotics.
Severe adhesions: Patients with histories below generally have severe adhesions. They usually require 40 hours of treatment, sometimes more, to achieve success, with no need for further therapy or SBO surgery.
- a prior bowel obstruction surgery, or
- severe trauma in the abdomen or pelvis, or
- one or more open adhesion surgeries in the abdomen or pelvis, or
- infection in the abdomen or pelvis (e.g. burst appendix, peritonitis) that required either intravenous antibiotics, or more than two weeks of oral antibiotics.
Any additional history of trauma, infection, inflammation or other surgery could change your suggested number of treatment hours. Your phone consult with one of our therapists will help determine your best protocol for success.
Once you schedule, we provide you with our “Patient Companion” – a location specific book designed to assist you to learn what to expect before, during and after therapy including:
- A list of physicians familiar with Clear Passage Physical Therapy and available to provide appropriate referral as needed
- Suggested conversations with your insurance provider
- Area information (maps, hotels, restaurants, sights, etc)
- Exercises your therapist may prescribe during your visit with us
We have successfully protected our patients from program cost increases for over 10 years. However, the continuing increase in expenses associated with running our business and conducting research is forcing us to raise our therapy costs.
On November 1, 2014, our 20-hour program in all locations will increase to $6,000. You may secure the current rate of $5,200 with a $550 deposit – paid by October 31, 2014 and therapy scheduled to begin before December 31, 2014. Your deposit to secure the current rate remains 100% refundable until you schedule your therapy. Please call 1-352-336-1433 for additional details. (We maintain our policy to support existing patients by honoring quoted costs for continued care.)
Most patients find it easiest to schedule the 20 hour program over the course of five days (e.g., Monday-Friday). In this case, you would receive four hours of therapy a day – two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Alternately, you may choose to schedule in 10 hour increments or hourly over three months time with a minimum two hour initial visit. We suggest an estimated number of hours needed to meet your needs. Patients with severe adhesions may benefit from additional hours of therapy.
You may call toll free 1.866.222.9437 from the U.S. and Canada or 1.352.336.1433 from anywhere in the world to reserve your space on our schedule with a deposit of $550. The balance is due at your first visit in Florida or five business days prior to your first scheduled appointment in any other location. If you are not satisfied with the care you receive, you may end therapy at any time and receive a full refund of your prepaid unused sessions minus the non-refundable deposit in accordance with our policy noted below.
Please visit our Insurance and Financing page for more information.
6 weeks prior to first scheduled appointment – full refund
4-6 weeks prior to first scheduled appointment – $500 refund
2-4 weeks prior to first scheduled appointment – $275 refund
less than 2 weeks prior to first scheduled appointment – no refund
We are committed to finding and treating the cause of your pain or dysfunction. While we have published promising research, scientific evidence of the Wurn Technique® results, the effectiveness of this treatment procedure cannot be guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with the care you receive, you may end therapy at any time and receive a full refund of your prepaid, unused sessions, minus non-refundable deposit.
By Belinda Wurn, PT, National Director of Services, Physical Therapist at Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area