Why was I referred to physical therapy?

Doctors may refer patients to physical therapy after surgery for rehabilitation or because of chronic pain associated with a movement dysfunction. Odds are that your difficulty with moving parts of your body—such as the pain you experience in your low back when you bend down or the discomfort you feel when sleeping on your shoulder— results in limitations in your daily activities, such as difficulty getting out of a chair, inability to play the sport you love, or trouble with chasing your kids around the backyard. Physical therapists treat these movement dysfunctions and their pain and restore your body’s ability to move in a normal manner.

How long will I need physical therapy?

This isn’t an easy question to answer, as every body and injury is different. You may need a few visits or you may need several months of treatment, depending upon your condition. Your doctor and physical therapist will evaluate and advise you on how long you should receive treatment.

Who pays for my treatment?

In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. View our general list of accepted insurance carriers, and if you have questions or concerns about your coverage, please call the number on the back of your insurance card. Typically you do not need a doctor’s referral for your visit, but your insurance company may require one. Please call the number on the back of your insurance card prior to your visit to see if a referral is required. You can also call (949) 276-5401 or visit our front desk staff before your first appointment, and we’ll be happy to review your benefits with you. Cash plans are also available.

Do I need a referral?

Nope! Patients in California are able to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without first obtaining a physician’s referral under legislation called “Direct Access,” or what we in the office lovingly refer to as #FastPassPT. Thanks to the passing of this policy in 2014, you can now come directly into Rausch Physical Therapy at any time for any aches, pains, sprains, etc. This expedites your treatment (studies show that immediate care for most injuries can reduce healing time) and saves you time and money. Of course, there are some injuries that do require a doctor’s exam and treatment, which is why we work closely with the absolute best physicians in our area.

Who will be treating me?

At some physical therapy clinics, you’ll be treated by someone different each visit. Not at Rausch Physical Therapy! Here, you will be evaluated by and receive treatment from the same member of our expert team of licensed physical therapists every time you visit us. We feel it’s important to develop and nurture that one-on-one relationship with you to maintain high-quality care throughout the duration of your rehabilitation. Your personal physical therapist is going to understand your body best, and she/he is the one who will be by your side working together to get you better, faster.


I had the best 4 month experience I could’ve asked for. Since day one, the team took beautiful care of me with great attentiveness and professionalism. My PT, Clay, went above and beyond for me to recover and get back to 100%, nothing less. He was educative, took his time, and was always very intentional with my weekly progressions. His assistant, Brisa, was always so sweet and encouraging. I always looked forward to working with her.
I enjoyed being in the environment the Rausch PT team created. Everyone is so friendly and inviting, and you can tell they truly enjoy working with one another. Leaving is bittersweet and I’m forever grateful for the care I received there.

Valeria R.

I have nothing but praise for Dr. Marissa Dannaway. After months of discomfort and frustration, I was diagnosed with Pelvic Floor issues and referred to Rausch PT. Internal Therapy can be awkward and uncomfortable, but Marissa’s abilities as a doctor are outstanding. Dr. Marissa is very intelligent, attentive, and professional. She is a gifted communicator and will genuinely listen to your concerns. I had resigned myself to the fact that my condition would be something I would live with the rest of my life; but after a couple months working with Dr. Marissa, my condition has greatly improved along with my quality of life.
In short, if you’re having Pelvic Floor issues, I highly recommend Dr. Marissa as she can provide you success and has expert bedside manner. Be sure you listen to her and follow through with her program.

Aliso Viejo, CA
Jason N.

I’m so grateful that my OBGYN referred me here. After having a baby and a traumatic birth experience, my pelvic floor was too tight to resume normal activities. It caused me a lot of pain and anxiety and I feared my marriage would suffer, even though my husband was supportive and understanding. I’m thrilled to say that after about two months of internal therapy with Marena, the pain is gone and I finally feel like myself again.
Marena has a great bedside manor and makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed during the sessions. I’m forever grateful for her!

Aliso Viejo, CA
Nichole C.

Jennifer Carman PT – is a brilliant therapist who knows her trade through and through but can think out of the box at a drop of a hat. She has helped both of my parents (age early 80s) through some rough rehab, always with a smile on her face. And she has always put a smile on their faces which is immeasurably important. Her years of experience, her wonderful attitude, and her all around brilliance makes it easy to write this review.
And everyone at the office is cut from the same cloth as Jennifer! A total pleasure!
The Choksey’s

Los Angeles, CA
Rachel m.

I’ve just completed my prescribed sessions with Rausch Physical Therapy in Dana Point. I can’t say enough about the excellent care I received. Dr Ruth was my lead therapist. She prescribed a protocol that took me from barely able to raise my arm due to a torn rotator cuff to, as of today, swimming free style with no pain. By the way I was on track for surgery which seems to no longer be necessary. Many thanks to Dr Ruth and all of the staff who worked so diligently with a lot of kindness care.

Lake Forest, CA
Mary Jane H.

Rausch PT the best of the best.
Milena is priceless and the team knows their stuff. They give you one on one attention. For a year I suffered with a torn Miniscus and floating cartilage which caused severe pain. I had surgery but had been dragging that leg for a year. I needed to learn how to walk and find my balance again. With a combination of specific stretches and balance techniques I am now walking normally and am pain free. There are no words to ever convey the gratitude I feel from the healing energy I got from everyone at Rausch. As happy as I am I finished PT I am sad to leave this healing place.
So thank you all for giving me back my mobility and my quality of life.

Dana Point, CA
Evelyn K.

I have nothing but positive things to say about Rausch PT. Dr. Kristen is the best and truly listens to what your problem area may be and helps you back to recovery.

Lake Forest, CA
Mahan Z.

I’m impressed with Rausch! I see Dr. Camery Cano, and she is excellent! She really knows what she is doing and has been helping so much! She is also lovely to work with. She is friendly, kind and really cares about the people she works with. This is the best physical therapy experience I’ve ever had!

Laguna Beach, CA
Celeste D.

Dr. Rebecca has changed my life. I was suffering with horrible sciatica, hip and pelvic pain for 2 years. After 1 session with her and now a couple of weeks later, I have been pain free. I can sleep!
She is also very kind, gentle, and sweet. Amazing lady.

Redondo Beach, CA
Victoria J.

Best place to go for physical therapy, in Dana Point.  Clay was my therapist, he is excellent! Everyone there are friendly and very helpful.

Thank you all for everything.

Margie Job
Dana Point, CA

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