What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
When you schedule your initial evaluation, we will advise you as to any necessary forms. Please bring a comfortable change of clothes. Shorts and a tank top or sports bra are preferred to minimize any clothing barrier when making a diagnosis and providing treatment.
What will happen during my initial evaluation?
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork before your appointment.
- Initial evaluations are approximately 60 minutes. Please allow for potential additional time, to ensure a thorough evaluation and to answer any questions you may have.
- We begin with a detailed history of your current condition/complaint along with all other pertinent past medical history information.
- From there, the remaining physical therapy evaluation—including common assessments administered on everyone (such as an upper and lower extremity neurological screenings)—will be dynamic and individualized.
- Please arrive with an open mind. Your physical therapist is looking for the root cause of your symptoms/complaint/restriction, and the investigation may extend beyond the local area(s) of pain.
What happens during follow-up treatment sessions?
- Follow-up appointments are approximately 40 minutes.
- As with the initial evaluation, the entire course of physical therapy treatment may have some commonalities from person to person, but is dynamic based on the individual.
- Continuing from the initial evaluation, manual physical therapy treatment may extend to areas of the body away from the primary area(s) of pain.
- Our licensed team of specialists will explain all treatment provided—along with the rationale behind it—so that you leave with not only a better feeling body, but also a better understanding of your body and its many connections/functions. You’ll also pick up a variety of health tips along the way!
OMT Specialists currently does not take any form of insurance other than Medicare. If you have any questions regarding your level of insurance coverage for physical therapy, please call 240-454-3806 and speak with our Office Manager.
The state of Maryland is a “direct access” state, meaning you do not need a prescription from your doctor to see a physical therapist. However, some insurance companies do require a physician order and/or referral. If you need help determining if your insurance policy requires a physician order and/or referral, please call 240-454-3806 and speak with our Office Manager.
Why should I see a physical therapist?
- You have a medical diagnosis, pain or other health-related condition(s) that limit your ability to move and perform functional tasks and/or sport activities in your daily life.
- Common diagnoses include: neck pain, low-back pain, disc herniation, shoulder pain, rotator cuff tear, tennis elbow, wrist pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, foot pain, TMJ, jaw pain.
- You are recovering from surgery.
- You are interested in preventing conditions associated with loss of mobility.
- You want to reach the next level in your sport/activity by optimizing the way your body can move and function.
- Common athletes who come to OMT Specialists include: runners (from competitive high school athletes to age-group marathoners to weekend warriors), triathletes, soccer players, tennis players, golfers, rock climbers, and pool players.
What is orthopedic manual therapy and how is it different from other forms of physical therapy?
- Orthopedic manual therapy is a clinical approach in which physical therapists apply highly skilled, hands-on therapeutic techniques to determine and diagnose the root cause of a patient’s pain, restriction, or loss of function. They then treat that cause to help enhance the body’s natural ability to self-heal, self-regulate, and maintain optimum health—ultimately allowing the patient to have the greatest potential for healing.
- A combination of techniques is used since no single technique is right for every person in every situation, even if those patients have the same diagnosis.
- Some examples of these techniques are: Muscle Energy Technique, joint mobilization/manipulation, craniosacral techniques, direct & indirect myofascial release, Strain/Counterstrain, Indirect Functional Technique.
- This is different from standard physical therapy in that manual therapy requires 100% one-on-one therapist-to-patient time for an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the problematic symptom(s). The site of pain is frequently believed to be the cause of the pain. Pain, however, is frequently deceptive.
What makes OMT Specialists unique?
- The first step in starting a physical therapy plan begins with your first face-to-face interaction at the front desk. We provide you with the highest level of attention – from scheduling, discussing insurance questions, billing, and addressing any logistical issues that may arise.
- At OMT Specialists, you will be one-on-one with your physical therapist throughout each session.
- The design of our practices at OMT Specialists allows your physical therapist to not only identify the cause of your pain, but also ask and answer the question “Why?”
- A significant part of your treatment plan is your home exercise program. A home exercise program (HEP) will be customized to fit your needs and—unlike the stick figures or photocopies you may have received in the past from other clinics—the program developed with your physical therapist will be e-mailed to you, and will include a color photo, written description, and full video of your exercise(s). For an example of these videos, please see our Online Services page.
Will I work with the same physical therapist each of my sessions?
At OMT Specialists, we believe in continuity of care and building a trusted relationship, so you will always work with the same physical therapist. All treatments are performed by licensed physical therapists; we do not employ assistants, aides, or technicians.