Frequently Asked Qs

Why choose a Certified Hand Therapist?

Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) are physical therapists or occupational therapists who have passed a hand therapy certification commission board exam and have at least two or more years of hand therapy experience and a minimum of five years of clinical experience in their respective fields. CHTs have better understanding and experience when it comes to treating hand and upper limb conditions.

What’s the difference between a Physical/Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

A Certified Hand Therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession, stays up-to-date with practices within the field, has an intricate understanding the arm’s anatomy, and 4,000 additional hours of direct hand therapy practice prior to sitting for the Hand Therapy Board Exam.

Will my insurance cover my treatment at Northern Virginia Hand Therapy Center?

Accepted Insurance Plans:

Cigna, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CareFirst, Aetna, Innovation Health, Tricare, Medicare, Auto Accident, Align Networks, and All Workers Compensation plans

Other accepted plans:

United Healthcare, Humana, Compass Rose, GEHA, Meritain Health

Who do you treat?

We work with adolescents, senior citizens, and all ages in between. Our patients include musicians, athletes, students, and professionals who reside primarily in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland.

What do you treat?

Our certified hand therapist treat injuries located between and including the fingertips and shoulder.

Will my therapy hurt?

Our goal is to relieve pain and minimize any discomfort. There are two ways to measure progress: 1) you have decrease pain or 2) you are able to increase your activity without increasing pain. Sometimes you might develop muscle soreness from working muscles that you have not used. In any situation it is important to inform your therapist of any changes in pain you may have during and after each session.

What do I need to bring to my first visit?

You will need to bring the prescription from your doctor, any documentation the doctor provided you with (operative reports, x-ray reports etc), photo ID, your insurance card, and a referral from your primary care physician if required by your insurance.

What kind of clothing should I wear to therapy?

If your hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder is being treated, we recommend wearing a T-shirt or another garment that allows movement and ease of access. Lotion is used during some kinds of treatment, so please take that into consideration.

How long will my appointment take?

The average appointment takes 60 minutes. Appointments can range from 30 to 90 minutes depending on your treatment.

What kind of results can I expect with my therapy?

After completing therapy, most patients experience recovery from their injuries and regain function in their involved extremity.

What happens during my first therapy session?

A thorough exam and comprehensive evaluation is performed to determine whether or not occupational hand therapy will achieve your expected goals. With your medical history and test results complete, your certified hand therapist can gain a clear understanding of your condition, identify your limitations, and establish a plan of care.
We will implement your plan of care through an evidence based practice and approach that is specifically personalized to your condition, age, and activity level.
Your therapist will begin treatment on your first session.

Should I keep my appointment if I have increase pain?

If there are any changes in your level of pain, please do not hesitate to contact your therapist or our staff and let us know. The therapist will recommend you keep your appointment to help assess your pain and to implement treatment. If you re-injured or sustained a new injury the therapist will call and get you an immediate appointment with your physician.

Is there a need to return once I have completed my therapy?

Please do not hesitate to give your therapist a call if you feel your symptoms have returned. At that time the therapist will determine if you need a reevaluation or to continue with your home exercise program.