What is a physical therapist?

A physical therapist or PT is a well-trained, skilled health care professional that works with patients to improve body movement, function and pain management through safe stretching, conditioning, and strengthening exercise techniques. Pt’s are an important part of the rehabilitation process and improving the quality of life for those with chronic conditions or injuries.

What should I expect during my first visit?

Your first visit will be an initial evaluation. Your therapist will ask about the history regarding your present problem followed by a physical examination. You may be asked to walk around or asked to sit or stand to measure the movements (range of motion) and strength. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and what factors worsen or diminish your pain levels as this helps the therapist to determine the nature of your problem and to determine your special care and focus.

Initial evaluation also includes postural assessment which helps to determine a specific treatment plan for the patient. Make sure to ask questions of your therapist if you are unsure of any of the instructions for your particular treatment plan.

How does dry needling work?

Integrative Dry Needling is a highly effective form of physical therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

Integrative dry needling is based on neuro- anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a microlesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortening tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain.

Dr. Cristina Trypanis is Certified in Dry Needling (CIDN).

What are custom foot orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics are specially designed corrective devices to restore the natural position of the feet.

The purpose of the device is to support the bones and joints of the feet to maintain an optimal neutral position and to eliminate or compensate for any misalignments or structural problems of the feet.

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (703) 754-4690 during our working hours or you can click here to make an online appointment.

What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled appointment?

When you come for your appointment please remember to obtain and bring the following:

  • Physician’s Order & PCP Referral (if required for insurance)
  • Insurance Card(s)
  • Personal Identification (Driver’s License and/or Military ID)
  • Copies of results of any X-rays, MRI’s or other imaging reports and any other relevant information