Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I need a referral to see a therapist?
Yes, per Virginia state law a signed referral / prescription from a referring doctor is required every 30 days for physical therapy. Patients are required to obtain this prescription and bring it with them to their initial appointment.
In Virginia, we are also able to treat patients without a referral / prescription for 30 days under Direct Access laws. If therapy needs to continue beyond 30 days, a signed referral / prescription from a referring doctor is required. Patients may be required to see a doctor to obtain a referral / prescription before continuing therapy beyond the initial 30 day period.
Please check with your health care provider to see if your plan requires you to have a referral from your primary care physician before seeing a specialist like a physical therapist.
What is the Maitland Approach and how will it benefit me?
The Maitland Approach is a World-Renowned, highly effective, gentle approach to the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The approach was pioneered in the 1950s by the legendary Australian Physiotherapist Geoffrey Maitland, and has continued to evolve over the years with groundbreaking concepts such as Irritability, Neurodynamics, Combined Movements, Stabilization Training, and Advanced Clinical Reasoning with supporting evidence based medicine research. Geoffrey Maitland's approach is considered one of the cornerstones of modern manual therapy.
All of our therapists are trained in the Maitland philosophy and employ Maitland techniques in treating their patients.
What is the difference between a physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant?
A physical therapist is a person trained and certified by a state or accrediting body to design and implement physical therapy programs. Physical therapists may work within a hospital or clinic, in a school providing assistance to special education students, or as an independent practitioner.
A physical therapist assistant is a person who, under the supervision of a physical therapist, assists in carrying out patient treatment programs, providing treatment that improves mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. An assistant usually has an associate's degree and in the state of Virginia is licensed.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel an appointment?
If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment it may be necessary to reschedule your visit so that we do not inconvenience our other patients.
We do understand that schedules change so please notify us a minimum of 24 hours in advance if you are unable to keep your appointment. This will allow us to accommodate those who may need care that day.
There is a $30 charge for ALL NO SHOW or SAME DAY CANCELLATIONS.