Questions About Release Physical Therapy

Scheduling appointments at Release Physical Therapy is easy! We offer online appointment scheduling – you can even choose your preferred time, date, location and physical therapist. To book an appointment online instantly click here. Appointments can also be made by calling our office at (202) 974-6621. We are always happy to assist you!

Release Physical Therapy has two convenient locations in the West End and Downtown.

West End Office
2134 L St NW, Washington, DC, 20037 – Get Directions

Our Downtown Office
1401 New York Ave NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20005 – Get Directions

Tysons, VA Office
1919 Gallows Rd, Suite 110 Vienna, VA 22182 – Get Directions

West End Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 6:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 6:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday By appointment
Sunday Closed

Downtown Office Hours
Monday & Wednesday 8:00am – 3:00pm

Release Physical Therapy is a non-participating (out-of-network) provider with all health insurance plans*. Many insurance plans provide benefits for physical therapy services provided by out-of-network providers. Health insurance plans, policies, and terms vary greatly, and each person’s health care needs and expenditure is unique. If you would like to learn about the coverage you have for services provided by Release Physical Therapy and potential out-of-pocket expenses, please call our office.

* We do not currently accept Medicare

If for any reason you are unable to make a therapy session, please provide notice at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. Our staff will contact you to reschedule. Failure to provide 24-hour advance notice of cancellation will result in a $150.00 late cancellation fee.

Cancellations can be made by e-mail or phone. If you reach our answering service or prefer to submit cancellation via e-mail, please be sure to provide:

– Patient first and last name
– Date and time of original appointment
– Contact information for rescheduling

You may receive physical therapy care without a physician’s referral. Direct Access allows you to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist in Washington, D.C. and in Tysons, VA without a prescription from a physician. Direct Access provides you with immediate and economical access to physical therapy services.

Learn more about Direct Access.

We require full payment when services are rendered for treatments covered by insurance, as well as those that are not. We accept HSA/FSA, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. Failure to provide payment at the time of services will automatically result in a cancellation of future appointments.

Yes! Patient forms can be downloaded and completed electronically. Please send completed forms to prior to your appointment. Click here to download patient intake forms.

To learn more about confidentiality and privacy, please read this notice that describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

We offer a full range of manual therapies, as well as both traditional and non-traditional techniques for the best in comprehensive care. We work one-on-one with our patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs, conditions, wellness goals and fitness levels. To see a full list of treatments click here.

When attending a physical therapy appointment, it’s generally recommended to wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. Here are some guidelines on what to wear:

Loose-fitting clothes
Choose clothing that is not too tight or restrictive, as you may need to perform various exercises and movements during your session.

Athletic attire
Consider wearing athletic wear, such as workout pants, shorts, or leggings, along with a comfortable T-shirt or tank top. These clothes are designed to allow freedom of movement.

Proper footwear
Wear supportive and comfortable shoes that provide stability and cushioning. Sneakers or athletic shoes are usually the best choice. Avoid sandals, flip-flops, or shoes with high heels.

Depending on the temperature of the therapy facility, consider wearing layers so that you can adjust your clothing according to your comfort level during the session.

Easy access to the area of treatment
If your therapy involves a specific body part, such as a knee or shoulder, wearing clothes that allow easy access to that area (e.g., shorts for a knee injury) can be helpful for the therapist to assess and treat you effectively.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to communicate with your physical therapist ahead of time if you have any specific concerns or need further guidance on what to wear. They can provide more tailored recommendations based on your treatment plan and specific needs.

Yes! When used in conjunction with physical therapy, massage therapy can provide several potential benefits including pain reduction, improved flexibility and range of motion, stress and anxiety relief, increased circulation, muscle recovery, and injury prevention. Whether you are receiving physical therapy or just want to relax, we urge you to consider a massage therapy session with our Licensed Massage Therapist on-staff. Click here to book at massage at Release Physical Therapy, or call us at (202) 974-6621.

Release Physical Therapy staffs the top Washington DC physical therapists. All physical therapists at Release Physical Therapy hold a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and are licensed by the state. Many are also certified and licensed in specific areas of expertise and specialization.

Our experienced and highly trained physical therapists specialize in treating the outpatient orthopedic population, including sports therapy, chronic pain management, orthopedic/spinal therapy, pre/post-surgical therapy, as well as wellness and prevention. Our PTs utilize a wide-range of therapies and technologies to deliver a personalized care plan. Click here to learn more about our Physical Therapist Washington DC at Release Physical Therapy.

At Release Physical Therapy, we want to empower our patients to complete their home exercise program and their full course of care. That is why we created over 40 easy-to-follow guided exercise videos to help with proper technique, alignment, modifications and more. To check out our library of home exercise videos click here.

Why did we create these videos? Because research shows that only 35% of physical therapy patients fully adhere to their plans of care. It turns out that most patients simply aren’t doing their prescribed physical therapy home exercise programs. The most common reason? Patients don’t know if they are doing the exercises properly. At Release Physical Therapy we’re committed to setting you up for success!

Release Physical Therapy is over 60 five star reviews on Google, Yelp and other review platforms. Too often, patients discontinue therapy because of a bad experience. At Release Physical Therapy, we are committed to providing the highest quality care through patient education, on-going clinician training, and personalized approach to treatment. But don’t take it from us, read what our patients have to say about their experience with Release Physical Therapy by reading patient stories or some of our stellar reviews on Google.

We invite you to share your feedback about your experience at Release Physical Therapy – we are always listening. We believe that everyone should live pain-free and healthy. Please take a moment to leave us a review on Google or your favorite platform and help others take the next step in living their fullest and most vital life.

Release Physical Therapy proudly serves the greater Washington DC area. We serve patients living or working in or near Arlington VA, Bethesda MD, Chevy Chase MD, McClean VA, Navy Yard DC, and Washington DC.

To sign-in to your patient acount, click here.

Release Physical Therapy is owned by Dr. Cari Simon PT, DPT.

Dr. Cari Simon received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford. A former All-New England and All-State soccer player, she was part of the U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team pool, but ultimately decided to redirect her career in pursuit of her true passion: care. She is now one of the top physical therapists in Washington, DC. As one of the most highly regarded physical therapists in Washington, DC, Dr. Cari Simon’s treatment approach combines manual mobilization and manipulation techniques with individualized therapeutic exercise. She is a full body Active Release Technique (ART) provider. Additionally, Dr. Simon utilizes McConnell, athletic, and Kinesio Taping methods, as well as Trigger Point Dry Needle Therapy. When she is not helping her patients meet their physical goals, Dr. Simon enjoys networking with other physical therapists in Washington, DC, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

We are always growing our team at Release Physical Therapy! To find out more about open positions at Release Physical Therapy, check our careers page.

There are many ways to get in touch with us. You can fill out an online form on our contact page. You can also call our office at (202) 974-6621 or email our office at We’d love to hear from you!

Common Questions About Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a healthcare profession that aims to help individuals recover, improve, or maintain physical abilities and function through various techniques such as exercises, manual therapy, and other interventions.

Physical therapy can help with a wide range of conditions and injuries, including musculoskeletal issues, sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, neurological disorders, chronic pain, and more.

A typical physical therapy session usually lasts around 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the needs of the individual and the treatment plan.

The number of physical therapy sessions required depends on the individual’s condition, severity of the injury or impairment, and treatment goals. It can vary from a few sessions to several weeks or months of consistent therapy.

Physical therapists typically hold a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited program. They must also pass national and state licensure exams to practice.

Physical therapy aims to alleviate pain and improve function. While some discomfort or soreness may occur during certain exercises or manual techniques, physical therapists work closely with patients to ensure their comfort and adjust treatment as needed.

The time to see results varies depending on the individual’s condition, adherence to the treatment plan, and other factors. Some individuals may experience improvements after a few sessions, while others may take longer to achieve desired outcomes.

Home exercises and activities are often prescribed as part of a comprehensive physical therapy plan. Consistent participation in these exercises can enhance recovery and facilitate progress between therapy sessions.

Yes, physical therapy can be beneficial for managing chronic pain. Physical therapists employ various techniques, such as therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, modalities, and education, to address pain and improve functional abilities.

The cost of physical therapy varies depending on factors such as location, type of treatment, and insurance coverage. Many health insurance plans cover at least a portion of physical therapy expenses, but it’s recommended to check with your specific insurance provider for details.

Yes, in most cases, you have the right to choose your own physical therapist. As a patient, you have the freedom to select a physical therapist who meets your needs, preferences, and treatment goals. This choice may depend on factors such as location, specialization, experience, and rapport with the therapist.

No, physical therapy is not only for athletes and sports-related injuries. While physical therapy is commonly associated with sports rehabilitation, it is a healthcare profession that serves a wide range of individuals with diverse conditions and injuries.

Physical therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages and activity levels. It is used to address various musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions, as well as to aid in recovery from surgeries, accidents, or other traumatic events. Some common conditions and situations where physical therapy can be helpful include:

  1. Orthopedic injuries: Such as fractures, sprains, strains, and joint or muscle pain.
  2. Chronic pain conditions: Physical therapy can help manage chronic pain, such as lower back pain, fibromyalgia, or arthritis.
  3. Neurological disorders: Including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and cerebral palsy.
  4. Post-surgical rehabilitation: Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping individuals recover after surgeries such as joint replacements, ligament repairs, or spinal procedures.
  5. Balance and mobility issues: Physical therapy can assist in improving balance, coordination, and mobility for individuals with gait disturbances or conditions like vertigo.
  6. Pediatric conditions: Children with developmental delays, congenital disorders, or injuries can benefit from physical therapy to enhance their motor skills and overall physical development.
  7. Geriatric care: Physical therapy helps older adults maintain or regain independence, improve mobility, and manage age-related conditions like osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.

These are just a few examples of the many areas where physical therapy can be valuable. Physical therapists are trained to assess, diagnose, and develop customized treatment plans for individuals with a wide variety of conditions and injuries. Whether you’re an athlete or not, if you have a need for rehabilitation, pain management, or improved physical function, physical therapy can be beneficial to you.

In some cases, physical therapy can help prevent the need for surgery or delay it by addressing the underlying condition, improving function, and reducing pain. The potential for physical therapy to avoid surgery depends on several factors, including the specific condition, its severity, and the individual’s response to conservative treatments.

Yes, physical therapy can be highly beneficial and appropriate for children. Pediatric physical therapy focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents who have movement difficulties, developmental delays, or injuries. It aims to improve their physical abilities, motor skills, coordination, strength, and overall functional independence.

Yes, physical therapy can be very effective in addressing balance and coordination issues. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat problems related to balance, coordination, and motor control. They employ various techniques and exercises to help improve these skills and enhance functional abilities.

To find a qualified physical therapist in your area, you can follow these steps:

  1. Ask for recommendations: Seek recommendations from your primary care physician, orthopedic surgeon, or other healthcare professionals who may have experience working with physical therapists. Friends, family members, or colleagues who have undergone physical therapy may also provide valuable recommendations based on their personal experiences.
  2. Check with your insurance provider: If you have health insurance coverage, check the provider’s directory or contact their customer service to obtain a list of physical therapists who participate in your plan. This can help ensure that the therapist you choose is within your insurance network.
  3. Use online directories: There are online directories and platforms that allow you to search for physical therapists in your area. Examples include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) directory (, Healthgrades (, or Zocdoc ( These directories often provide information on the therapists’ qualifications, areas of specialization, and patient reviews.
  4. Research professional associations: Professional associations like the APTA may have local or state chapters that provide directories of physical therapists in your area. These associations often have rigorous standards for their members and can help you find qualified practitioners.
  5. Check state licensing boards: Most states have licensing boards or regulatory bodies for healthcare professions, including physical therapy. These boards maintain databases of licensed physical therapists and may provide information about any disciplinary actions or complaints against a practitioner.
  6. Consider specialty or expertise: Depending on your specific needs, consider a physical therapist who specializes in the area relevant to your condition or goals. This could include sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, or other specialized fields. Look for therapists with advanced certifications or additional training in the specific area of interest.
  7. Read reviews and testimonials: Once you have identified potential physical therapists, read online reviews or testimonials from previous patients to get a sense of their reputation and the quality of care they provide. Keep in mind that reviews should be taken as one factor among others and that individual experiences may vary.
  8. Schedule a consultation or initial appointment: Consider scheduling a consultation or initial appointment with the physical therapist to discuss your specific needs, ask questions, and assess if you feel comfortable working with them. This can help you determine if the therapist is a good fit for you.

Remember to consider factors such as location, convenience, and availability when choosing a physical therapist. Ultimately, finding a qualified physical therapist involves a combination of research, recommendations, and personal preferences.

Physical therapy is generally considered safe and carries minimal risks. However, as with any medical intervention, there are potential side effects and risks to be aware of. It’s important to discuss any concerns with your physical therapist and follow their guidance.

Yes, physical therapy can be extremely beneficial for rehabilitation after a stroke or surgery. In both cases, physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping individuals regain function, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life.

While there may be some overlap in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, there are notable differences between these three forms of therapy:

  1. Scope of Practice: Physical therapists have a broader scope of practice, addressing a wide range of conditions related to movement, rehabilitation, and physical function. Occupational therapists focus on promoting independence and participation in daily activities. Chiropractors primarily concentrate on the musculoskeletal system and spine.
  2. Treatment Approaches: Physical therapists often use a combination of exercises, manual therapy, modalities, and patient education to address physical impairments and functional limitations. Occupational therapists utilize activity-based interventions, environmental modifications, adaptive techniques, and assistive devices to improve individuals’ ability to engage in meaningful occupations. Chiropractors primarily employ spinal adjustments and manipulations to restore joint function and alleviate pain.
  3. Focus on Activities: While physical therapy addresses physical function and mobility, occupational therapy places a strong emphasis on functional activities and helping individuals regain independence in their daily lives.

It’s important to note that these disciplines often work collaboratively and may complement each other in certain cases. Interdisciplinary collaboration can provide comprehensive care and address multiple aspects of a person’s well-being.