standard-title Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the specialties/credentials of each PT?

Our physical therapists are Doctor of Physical Therapy and highly trained professionals. In addition, they have many other credentials, including certifications in dry needling, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Diplomat of the American Academy of Integrative Medicine, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and board certified cervical and temporomandibular therapist (CCTT) through the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics

2. How soon can I be seen?

It varies based on physical therapist’s availability and schedule

3. Can you refer me to someone in another city/state?

You can visit Myopainseminars.com to find a clinician certified by our continuing education company, Myopain Seminars, in dry needling in your state.

4. What do we specifically treat?

PhysioFitness treats a broad range of problems and conditions, including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) with hypermobility, fibromyalgia, migraine and tension-type headaches, neck pain, TMJ, myofascial pain, osteoporosis, and many others.

5. Are there ailments we do not treat?

We treat all musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. You would have to be seen by Dr. Dommerholt for Pelvic Floor.

6. Can we treat clients of all ages, especially younger children?

We treat children as young as 7 or 8 years of age.  For dry needling, the minimum ages are about 12 and 14 for girls and boys respectively.

7. How often do patients usually see a PT per week?

Patients typically visit 1-2 times a week for 4-6 weeks.

8. What is the average length of time patients come to the practice?

Average time varies per patient, it depends on the scope of the treatment area and the patient’s commitment to recovery.

9. How long is a treatment session?

Each treatment session is between 30-60 minutes. The physical therapist will determine the length of the session.

10. How does the Rockville location differ from the Bethesda location?

In our Bethesda location, we don’t have a fitness facility.

11. Can I be seen in both locations once I become a patient?

You can be seen in both locations. Our Bethesda Office does not have a fitness facility.

12. I prefer to see Jan. Are the other therapists as qualified?

All of our physical therapists are highly trained and highly qualified.

13. Tell me about your practice.

Our practice is unique from how we identify and assess the reasons for a patient’s discomfort, to the tailored solution we design for each patient. PhysioFitness developed technology-enhanced techniques from our years of experience, research and innovation to free people from chronic pain and restricted movement.

14. What is your fee structure?

An evaluation costs $200, 30 minutes for a session is $150 and an hour is $200 regardless of treatment with the physical therapist

15. Do you take insurance?

We take Tricare and worker’s’ compensation (NOT federal (OWCP)

16. How are insurance claims submitted?

Insurance claims are mailed directly to the insurance provider the next business day.

17. How long does insurance typically take to reimburse patients?

Insurance typically takes 6-8 weeks to reimburse patients.

18. How much will insurance reimburse me?

Reimbursements vary based on the contract your employer has with the insurance provider

19. Do you take Medicaid/Medicare?

We do not participate with Medicaid or Medicare.  We refer the patient to another PT office based on need and demographic area using www.myopainseminars.com.

20. Do you take Workers’ Comp cases?

We take WORKERS’ comp cases however not federal comp (OWCP).

21. How are you different from other PT practices?

We identify the root cause of a patient’s discomfort and create an individualized treatment plan.  Our therapists have set the standard in dry needling. Instead of boring, old-fashioned exercise regimen, we provide fun, hands-on, personalized attention from a highly trained therapist to achieve improved mobility, health and performance. Our therapeutic exergaming facility enables us to provide one-of-a-kind therapy that can only be found at PhysioFitness.

22. How does dry needling differ from acupuncture?

There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture.  Licensed physical therapists in a growing number of states can use dry needling under the scope of their practice.  Physical therapists at PhysioFitness are not licensed acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principals and research.

23. What is dry needling?

Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly into a myofascial trigger point.  A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. – For a more detailed description see the Dry Needling page on our website.