Physical Therapy FAQs
McLean has a free parking lot directly behind the building off of Elm St. The entrance to the clinic (located inside the McLean Massage Center) is on the same side of the building as the parking lot.
A good amount of street metered parking is available right on Del Ray Ave and surround streets. A pubic parking garage is also located directly on Del Ray Ave right next to the building. Our Bethesda location is also metro accessible. Our building is approximately a half mile walk. For your convenience, Bethesda offers free bus service from 7am to midnight every 10 minutes or so and there is a stop less than a block away from our building (Old Georgetown Rd and Del Ray Ave).
Further information can be found at the Bethesda Circulator Website.
Having a prescription from your referring doctor is state law in Virginia. Although Maryland is a direct access state for physical therapy, it is our policy to ask for a prescription so that we can provide you with the best possible care and communication between you, your physician and your therapist.
ITR Physical Therapy has never turned a patient away for financial reason. Please discuss this with our scheduler or ask to speak to Jennifer and we will work with you to find a solution that works for everyone.
Our physical therapists at ITR Physical Therapy are not medicare providers. Because we are not participating providers for medicare, we do not have a medicare number. Therefore, we cannot provide you with a medicare number that would be needed for you to be reimbursed through your insurance company. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Yes, as long as your insurance company accepts providers who are out of network. If you have a type of PPO insurance then your insurance company will reimburse you a percent of the cost of each treatment session (typically 60-80%). ITR is a fee-for-service physical therapy practice. By not working directly with insurance companies, we can focus exclusively on quality treatment and care while optimizing your recovery process. This also allows us to spend more individual time with you during each treatment session. Please contact your insurance company prior to your first treatment session to determine what your out-of-network benefits are for physical therapy. We will do our best to assist you in maximizing your insurance benefits.
We typically treat patients once a week for an hour long treatment session.
Most women’s health physical therapists take a number of post graduate continuing education courses on different women’s and men’s health diagnoses and treatments. The American Physical Therapy Association has a number of Specialty areas that a physical therapist can focus on. Women’s Health is the most recent specialty area that therapists can sit for a day long exam after proving they have met certain requirements (eg 2000 hours of treating patients in their area of specialty within the past three years). This exam focuses on foundational sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, ancillary tests, medical interventions, professional practice expectations and of course patient care. Physical therapists who have met the requirements and passed the exam are knows as Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists and have the initials WCS after their name. As of 2012 there were less than 200 PTs in the county who have met these qualifications. If you would like further information you may learn more at the APTA’s section on Women’s Health.
Each treatment session, including your initial evaluation is an hour long.
Please bring your prescription from your referring physician, your filled out paperwork and if you would like, a partner or friend
You and your therapist will review your history and any questions you may have. She will educate you on your anatomy and the physical therapy assessment and treatment techniques she feels would be appropriate for your problems and dysfunctions. A hands on evaluation will also be started assessing your posture, musculoskeletal alignment and balance. Your physical therapist will also look for possible fascial or connective tissue restrictions throughout your body that may be affecting you. If appropriate she may also evaluate your pelvic floor muscles.