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Recommendations for a physical therapist
CREATED: 07/05/10 by markhakd REPLIES: 5
markhakd's ravatar markhakd    JOINED: 10/8/09    POSTS: 231
Recommendations for a physical therapist
POSTED: 7/05/10 5:40 PM

Hi all. I'm looking for recommendations for a physical therapist, ideally one who specializes in treating running injuries. Or, if you have a physical therapy practice you would recommend (rather than a specific person), that's fine too.

Location isn't the key factor but it is a consideration. I live in DC (Logan Circle) and work in Old Town.

Another factor (much bigger) is insurance. I'm with CareFirst BlueChoice HMO, so if you happen to know that someone is in that network, all the better. (I'll take any recommendations, however.)

I have only been through minor PT once before, so even if you don't have a PT to recommend but are willing to share your advice about the PT process -- how to find a good PT, key questions to ask, keys to successful PT, etc. -- I'm all ears!

Thanks so much,

kev7's ravatar kev7    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 470
RE: Recommendations for a physical therapist
POSTED: 7/05/10 6:13 PM

Timely post! I too am looking for a PT in the Rockville-Bethesda area that takes Johns Hopkins Family Health Plan (Tricare). Trying to get over an hamstring injury & sciatica.

I have never been to PT, so as Kevin states, any advice is welcome!

hppeabody's ravatar hppeabody    JOINED: 9/17/09    POSTS: 193
RE: Recommendations for a physical therapist
POSTED: 7/06/10 9:03 AM

I go to Robert Gillanders at Sports and Spinal. They are located on K street near Foggy Bottom, and the whole practice is pretty good-- they often give discounts if you mention DC Tri I think so call and ask (might throw in a feww consultation or something like that). They also do a lot of community outreach with free clinics and such-- not to mention everyone there just knows a lot about athletic injuries and I think all or most of the PTs are athletes themselves.

I went to see Rob in particularly because I had heard him speak at an ultrarunning seminar and he seemed very knowledgeable. He has done a number of tris, ultras, boston mara, etc. He has worked with me on some chronic knee issues and taught me a lot of strengthening exercises I can do on my own which is useful because it means I don't have to go in all the time.

As far as insurance, I have carefirst as well and it is in fact out of network. I looked around a bit for another PT that does well with athletes and ultimately ended up just deciding to cough up the cash and go to SSPT anyway. Not sure if it would be the same for you Kevin, but it turned out to not be too expensive anyway. Carefirst still covers 80% for me, and so I end up paying around $33 per visit.

There's also a thread around here somewhere when I was inquiring about other PTs to club members a few months back before i decided to just go with sspt so look for that too.

Hope that helps!

SeanG's ravatar SeanG    JOINED: 4/8/09    POSTS: 160
RE: Recommendations for a physical therapist
POSTED: 7/06/10 9:21 AM

I second Sports and Spinal. I saw Amy Fagan for a strange shooting pain down my left tricep, felt like a needle stabbing me. She was able to diagnose it as a problem with my shoulder and had me fixed up in no time. Saw immediate results and was super happy with my experience.

I have Blue Cross Blue Shield, and it picked up the price after I paid a certain amount of my deductible. They will call your insurer and figure out the price for you.

silvercannonca    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 45
RE: Recommendations for a physical therapist
POSTED: 7/06/10 1:46 PM

I recommend Capitol Rehab in Arlington - it's directly across the street from Contes. J. Lyn Stewart is the PT - great bedside manner and works closely with the chiro as she recognizes that some things aren't just muscular. That said, she still takes full responsibility for your care, coming into the chiro room while you are there to tell him what she sees, etc.

They will also let you book PT and Chiro back to back then charge only one co-pay (lot of places charge two co-pays even though it's one visit and one doc as part of their creative billing). I have BCBS and I only pay $20 per visit, even when I see both PT and chiro.

They do know athletes and do a lot of work with triathletes -- you can see some of the Ironman finisher patients pictures on their wall as they send a photo thanks.

Here's the link:

markhakd's ravatar markhakd    JOINED: 10/8/09    POSTS: 231
RE: Recommendations for a physical therapist
POSTED: 7/31/10 5:35 PM

First, I wanted to follow up and say that I decided on Sports and Spinal, and (just like Sean) have been seeing Amy Fagan. She has been fantastic and is highly knowledgeable. Very pleased with the experience so far.

SSPT is actually out-of-network for my insurance, and with my HMO, out-of-network equals 0% coverage. (Feel free to email me if you want to ask about the rates: justmarkham at gmail.)

Second, I got a number of recommendations outside the forum, and wanted to post them here so that others can benefit:

Hilary Granat at CORE Physical Therapy:

Laura Jenkins at NRH:

Art Sansone:

Kathy Braun at STAR:

Jeffrey Haggquist for injury rehab:

Professional Sports Care & Rehab:

Anyway, thanks to everyone for their assistance!


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