Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Choose FOA Physical Therapy?
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.
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.
ultimate goal is obtaining superior functional outcomes that allow
patients to return to a full life of sports, work, and/or recreation.
I see any Therapist?
As long as you have a prescription for therapy from your doctor,
you may receive care from any physical therapist.
I have to see an Orthopaedic Doctor First?
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.
My Insurance Pay for Therapy?
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.
will be taking care of me?
Orthopaedics provides world-class, physical therapy services through
our team of very well-educated, experience professionals, and
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.
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
team is enhanced by cheerful and knowledgeable front office personnel,
who are happy help coordinate therapy schedules and answer insurance
Therapy Directors" for more information.
can I expect from Therapy at FOA?
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
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.
each visit, all patients will receive a customized printout of
exercises and stretches for “homework” until the next
exercise and education, our constant focus is to help patients
gain independence by learning how to manage their conditions on
is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?
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
addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed
a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in
upper quarter rehabilitation.
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.
are Conditions treated by a CHT?
Hand Therapist are specialized in treating upper extremity conditions
elbow and other types of tendonitis
tunnel, cubital tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome and other nerve
and nerve injuries
regional pain syndrome RSD
are the Benefits of Seeing a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?
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.
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
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
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.
any other questions or concerns, please call our main therapy
number (540) 373-7133.