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Physical Therapy Specialist

Maryland Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Bethesda, MD, Rockville, MD, & Germantown, MD

Our new Physical Therapy office is now open in Rockville! We are accepting patients for physical therapy, hand therapy, and much more!

Photograph of front office of The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division

Physical therapy is an integral part of rehabilitation after an injury or orthopedic surgery, although it’s equally beneficial if you have a chronic condition like arthritis. The leading physical therapy team at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division provides general physical therapy programs for patients of all ages. Not only do their advanced physical therapy treatments help you get stronger and re

Physical Therapy Q & A

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Do I need to see the doctor before going to therapy?

Maryland is a direct access state. Accordingly, most insurances don’t require you to see the doctor first. If your insurance does require a referral, then you will need to obtain one from your primary care doctor first.

Medicare patients will require a signed plan of care from their physician prior to continuing with therapy beyond the initial evaluation. The process with Medicare patients is smoother if they see the doctor first and then schedule therapy.

I have a physical therapy referral, now what?
We accept physical therapy referrals from outside physicians. Call 301-515-0900 to get scheduled.
Will my insurance pay for therapy?

We have a trained staff member to work with your insurance company to determine your physical therapy benefits and coverage. This information will be reviewed with you prior to your first appointment. We do recommend, however, that you review your policy on your own as it pertains to therapy prior to your appointment.

How often do I need to attend therapy?

This will be determined by your evaluating therapist in conjunction with your referring physician. Typically, patients will attend therapy twice per week to obtain maximum benefits to return to prior or a better than prior level of function.

What will my therapy session consist of?

The first session is primarily to evaluate the deficits in range of motion, strength, motor control, as well as any pain or swelling that might be present. The therapist will discuss with you how these issues are affecting your daily function. The therapist will discuss your goals with you as well as the overall diagnosis and prognosis. Typically, some form of treatment is also performed in the first session.

How should I dress for therapy?

We suggest loose clothing as if you were going to the gym. The affected body part should be easily accessible to allow a thorough evaluation.

How long will my session last?
The first session will last about 30-45 minutes. Subsequent follow-up sessions will typically last 45-60 minutes.
What is hand therapy?
Since the hand, forearm, and elbow undergo very intricate surgeries and suffer very complex injuries, we have specialists in each of our clinics to provide the necessary therapy for these problems.
Do you offer specialty services?
Our most popular specialty service is dry needling. We also offer sports concussion management.
What is dry needling?
Dry Needling is the insertion of sterile single use acupuncture needles directly into myofascial (muscular) trigger points. Trigger points are composed of multiple tight contraction knots within the muscle which cause and contribute to pain within the body. Research studies have shown that inserting such needles into trigger points causes biochemical changes within the body, which help reduce pain.  Eliciting local “twitch” responses within the muscle can help break the pain cycle and release tight trigger points within muscles.  Dry Needling looks to normalize the physiology of the muscle and regain the balance needed to improve the mechanics and symptoms of the affected area.  This will improve the function of the musculoskeletal system resulting in symptom reduction. Please contact our office to speak to a therapist for further information.
Where can I park and is parking free at your clinics?

Yes, parking is free at each of our three clinics.

Bethesda office offers free street parking in front of our building. Our building also has an underground parking garage. The entrance is on the side of the building and the elevator (Button: 1R) leads directly into our lobby. We fully validate parking.

Rockville office provides free, very convenient parking directly in front of the clinic. Germatown office provides free parking in the spacious lot directly behind our building. Enter through door labeled Lobby B and take the elevator to the second floor.