Frequently Asked Questions...

How do I get to see a hand therapist?



     Most people are referred to hand therapy from their primary care physician or a hand surgeon.  Due to Oregon Licensure, Occupational Therapists and Certified Hand Therapists are able to see people on a direct referral basis (in other words, you can refer yourself to therapy).  It is definitely a good idea to make sure that your insurance will cover you in the same way if you do refer yourself.  Keep in mind that, if your insurance does not want to pay, we can offer you the "Cash Payment" rate and work out a payment plan if you need. 

How do I get my child started in Pediatric Therapy?

 

    Children with special needs are generally referred to therapy by their Pediatrician.  In order to initiate this process, schedule and appointment for your child with the Pediatrician and plan to discuss your current concerns regarding your child's movement, learning abilities or behaviors.  Please feel free to request that the Pediatrician call our office to discuss specific needs of the treatment plan prior to the first visit.  

 

How many visits are generally required for the treatment of hand pain or trauma?

 

    Although some patients only require one visit, and some take much more time,  the average number of treatments for a hand injury is ~ 6 visits or about 3-4 weeks.  Given the severity of the injury and the demands of use on completion of treatment, the therapist can give you a much clearer idea of the amount of care that will be required after your initial evaluation appointment. 

Does my insurance company cover Occupational Therapy and/or Hand Therapy?

 

    Most insurance companies do cover these therapies, but it is always a good idea to double check.  Our reception staff deals with pre-authorizations of treatment everyday.  Call our office and let them help you through the process.

 









Janet Sanders OTR/L, CHT