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Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose FOA Physical Therapy?

At FOA Orthopaedics, our care extends well beyond the surgical repair of an orthopedic condition.  We are committed to helping our patients return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.

We believe this is best achieved by employing experienced, licensed physical and occupational therapist who work directly with our surgeons to complete comprehensive evaluations and customize treatment programs.  Available in three of our Fredericksburg-area locations, our physical therapy facilities are complete with state-of-the-art equipment to meet all the needs of our patients.

Our ultimate goal is obtaining superior functional outcomes that allow patients to return to a full life of sports, work, and/or recreation.

Can I see any Therapist?

Yes! As long as you have a prescription for therapy from your doctor, you may receive care from any physical therapist.

Do I have to see an Orthopaedic Doctor First?

No. Although our therapist work very closely with our orthopaedic surgeons, it is not necessary to first see one of the doctors.  Your family practice or internal medicine doctor can refer you directly for either physical or occupational therapy.

Will My Insurance Pay for Therapy?

Most insurances will cover physical therapy.  FOA Orthopaedics accepts all major insurance.  For specific questions about your insurance and physical and/or occupational therapy, please call our main therapy number: (540) 373-7133.

Who will be taking care of me?

FOA Orthopaedics provides world-class, physical therapy services through our team of very well-educated, experience professionals, and support personnel.

Our clinical staff consists of licensed physical therapists (PT, DPT, MPT) licensed physical therapist assistants (LPTA), licensed occupational therapists & Certified Hand Therapists (OT, CHT) licensed athletic trainers (ATC), and physical therapy technicians.

FOA Orthopaedics requires a continuous learning process ensuring our patients receive the best care possible.  Our staff members attend continuing education courses throughout the year to stay current with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest proven techniques.

Our team is enhanced by cheerful and knowledgeable front office personnel, who are happy help coordinate therapy schedules and answer insurance questions.

Please see "Physical Therapy Directors" for more information.

What can I expect from Therapy at FOA?

Guided by evidence-based research, FOA therapists design a customized plan of care, tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient.  Therapists emphasize exercise-based therapy, combined with manual therapy techniques, to help achieve the goals

Following a thorough evaluation, our licensed therapists provide each patient with an individualized treatment approach, and patients are seen by the same therapist at each visit.  Our large open clinics feature state-of-the-art equipment to assist our therapists in delivering the best possible care during therapy.

After each visit, all patients will receive a customized printout of exercises and stretches for “homework” until the next therapy session.

Using exercise and education, our constant focus is to help patients gain independence by learning how to manage their conditions on their own.

What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy.

In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.  FOA Orthopaedics is proud to have Grace Phillips, OT/CHT and Amy Anderson, OT/CHT the only two CHT’s in the region.

What are Conditions treated by a CHT?

Certified Hand Therapist are specialized in treating upper extremity conditions including:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow and other types of tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome and other nerve entrapment disorders
  • Repetitive motion syndromes
  • Amputations
  • Burns and frostbite
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Complex regional pain syndrome RSD

What are the Benefits of Seeing a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury or accident may have a devastating effect on their lives.  Anyone with an injury wants the very best of treatment to assure maximal recovery.  The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field.

The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand frequently requires very delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques.  The technical complexity of these kinds of surgeries necessitates a high level of competence by therapists with advanced skills in upper quarter rehabilitation during postoperative recovery.  Therapists must be knowledgeable about these advanced surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs to become CHTs.  They must also remain current with changes in hand therapy practice.

Certification is voluntary and diffcult to attain. It involves meeting rigorous standards, developing a long-range career path, and acquiring the advanced study and training required to pass the certification examination.  CHTs are therapists who demonstrated a personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and a desire for advanced competency; they bring to their work a commitment and dedication to reach and maintain the highest standards in their profession.

The CHT credential is recognized by many professional organizations as a benchmark for excellence in advanced specialty credentialing in health care.

For your convenience, physical therapy is offered at our three clinic locations in the.  To schedule a therapy appointment at one of our three locations, please call (540) 479-4764.

For any other questions or concerns, please call our main therapy number (540) 373-7133.


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