DHT_faqimageCan I choose where I go for physical therapy or hand therapy?

Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.

Do I need a physician referral to receive therapy?

Yes. A physician referral is required by your health insurance plan for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. We also offer treatments, services and/or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self-pay basis.

Does your facility accept my insurance?

We participate in the majority of major health insurance plans including Medicare and Worker’s Compensation. Please contact us prior to your first visit to see if we participate with your specific health plan.

Does your facility submit claims to my insurance company?

As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.

Your First Visit:

Arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early and bring your:

  • Completed paperwork
  • Prescription for hand therapy or physical therapy
  • Insurance card

The therapist will discuss the following:

  • Your medical history
  • Your current problems/complaints
  • Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem
  • How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations
  • Your goals with physical therapy
  • Medications, tests and procedures related to your health.

The Therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:

  • Palpation
  • Range of Motion
  • Muscle Testing
  • Neurological Screening
  • Special Tests
  • Posture Assessment

The above information will be used to devise a treatment plan. This plan will include the number of times you will see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short & long term goals and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist and your doctor.

What do I bring on my first visit?

  • Referral slip from your medical doctor
  • Your medical Insurance Card
  • Your ID
  • A copy of your medication list including dosages, if you have it
  • If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.

What do I wear?

You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating.

How Long is Each Visit?

Each visit will last 60 to 90 minutes on average. Times vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.

How Often do I go to Treatment?

In order for you to achieve the result that you deserve, you will be given a treatment plan after your initial evaluation. It is important for your recovery that you attend every appointment outlined by your therapist and prescribed by your physician. You may start to feel better after only a few visits, but can relapse if you do not complete your entire course of therapy.


American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
the most comprehensive online resource for hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder information. Prepared by the largest and oldest organization dedicated to care of the hand and upper extremity.

American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)
ASHT advances the science of hand therapy through communication, education, advocacy, research and clinical standards.

Additional Resources

Common Conditions and Injuries
Clear, accurate, understandable information about your orthopaedic condition.

An integrated approach towards the evaluation, management & treatment of soft tissue injuries in the workplace. From Hiring to Retiring.

PT&Me is an educational site for patients interested in or considering physical, occupational, and/or hand therapy.