Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can physical therapy help?

When you need to strengthen or increase flexibility after injury, illness or surgery, physical therapy provides the method and motivation for full recovery. Physical therapy can also correct poor posture, a problem that leads to many musculoskeletal conditions. Patients who have had surgery usually need physical therapy to help restore function, strength and range of motion, as well as to minimize scar tissue that can decrease performance and function of the very area that was operated on.

 

What can I expect on the first visit?

Arrive 15 minutes early as there will be a small amount of paperwork to complete. Next you meet with the physical therapist for a thorough consultation, health history, and examination to evaluate the nature of your problem. With that knowledge, your therapist can determine the best course of treatment.

 

When can I expect to start feeling positive results?

This depends on multiple factors, like the severity of condition, age and healing ability, and compliance with your treatment plan. We schedule regular follow-up visits to closely monitor your progress. If you are not progressing as quickly as we would expect, we can make changes to the treatment plan, recommend further testing, or refer to a specialist. While we cannot predict how quickly you will respond, we do expect progress, and will not allow treatment to continue indefinitely if we are not seeing it.

How long does each visit take?

The first visit is typically longer than most because there is a small amount of paperwork that needs to be completed, and then the doctor will spend as much time with you as is necessary to determine the nature of your problem, and if in fact we will be able to help you. Additionally, other diagnostic testing (Gait, Muscle testing etc) are ordered and will also take additional time. However, in general, we try and keep the length of the first visit to an hour or less. Once you are an established patient, most visits are between 30-40 minutes, unless an evaluation is scheduled or test results need to be discussed. We make every effort to respect your time and keep visit time and waiting to a minimum.

 

How long does a full course of treatment take?

This depends on several important factor: the severity of the problem, your age and healing capability, and most importantly, your compliance with the treatment plan and exercise program.

 

Do you take x-rays at your locations?

No. We can recommend/suggest X-rays be performed to your referring doctor with supporting documentation.

 

Can I use x-rays from a previous visit to another doctor or hospital?

Yes, provided the films are recent, are of good diagnostic quality.   If, however, the doctor feels it is necessary to take additional or new films, we will correspond with your primary physician to order new x-rays or tests.

 

What insurance do you accept?

See the Insurance page for details. We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, Worker’s Compensation coverage and automobile insurances. If you don’t have insurance we also accept cash payment.  Sorry, but we do not accept Medicaid.

 

How easy is it to get an appointment?

New patients can normally be seen the same day they call. We understand that when you are in pain, you want relief quickly, so we will make every effort to get you in as quickly as possible. It is very easy to make appointments that will fit into your busy schedule. We are open 7 am – 2 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

What is the best time to get an appointment?

We respect your time and pride ourselves in running an efficient schedule, so any time is a good time.

 

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  • General Physical Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Workers Compensation
  • Automobile Accident
  • Personal Injury
  • 620 C Street, S.E.
    Washington, DC 20003

    Hours of operation:
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7am- 2pm

    Phone: (202) 543-8020
    Fax: (202) 543-8021