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Where should I go for physical therapy?

As a patient you have the right to decide where you want to go for physical therapy. That’s right, the choice is yours to make.

Choosing where you go for physical therapy may seem like a difficult task. Here are some simple things to remember when you are choosing where you will go for physical therapy:

  • Make sure wherever you go for physical therapy that they take your insurance.

Make sure that you check with the provider before scheduling an appointment. If they do not take your plan for physical therapy services, you could end up with a very steep bill at the end of your care.

We have seen patients who went to other practices, including physician owner PT practices that didn’t take their insurance plan for physical therapy. They are required to tell you that they don’t take your plan and have you sign a form stating you understood. This can get caught up in all the other paperwork you are signing and you don’t find out until you no owe hundreds of dollars.

  • If they say they take your insurance, check to see if they in-network or out-of-network with your plan.

Out-of-network benefits will cost you more than in-network benefits, so finding a physical therapy practice is in-network with your health insurance is a better option for you financially.

Again, it is very important that you ask this question before making an appointment for physical therapy. There are many good choices that take your benefits and you should not have to pay extra for good care.

  • Find out if they offer what you are looking for.
  • Look at distance from home and work.

How far will you have to travel for your care and is it necessary to go that far? In some cases the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience of the extra travel time. A great clinic that is out for your best interests will serve you better and make it worth your time.

  • Look at who is referring you to a specific physical therapy practice.

If a friend referred you they likely had a good experience. Your friend has nothing to gain from giving you their opinion.

On the flip side, take care when you receive a physicians referral. In Northern Virginia most physicians own their own physical therapy practices. When they refer you to their practice, they have something to gain.

  • Make sure they will fight for you and your needs.

Health insurance companies have made it more difficult to get all the care you need. Many insurance plans, like Aetna and United Healthcare, have plans that require authorization.


At the end of the day, the choice is yours to make. We want you to be able to make the best choice for you so you get the best care possible.

At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center in Sterling VA, you will receive the highest quality of care while achieving the results you need. We pride ourselves on providing a positive, encouraging environment with well-trained, friendly staff. We are confident in our ability to help you reach your goals and live a pain-free life.