Yes, at this time we require prescriptions from your treating Physician to see our Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. If you need to find a physician for your specific injury/condition, our therapists will be happy to provide recommendations, as we have a network of physicians that we have worked with for many years.

For all PPO’s and any insurances that do not require pre-authorizations you may choose your provider regardless of name on prescription.

HMO’s require an authorization (which your treating MD submits) and is provider specific.  We may be part of that provider list – you can confirm by calling our office or your insurance company.

Workers Compensation Insurance requires exact authorization, which is first submitted by your treating MD.  You may be able to transfer care to us through your Adjuster if you are not satisfied with your current care.

Please arrive twenty minutes early to complete paperwork. You will need your prescription from your doctor, insurance card and driver’s license.  Some insurances will require a co-payment or co-Insurance.

Once in the clinic you will be asked questions about your condition and pertinent history. If necessary, the therapist will speak with your doctor and/or request an operative report to understand your case in detail.  At times we will provide a splint for protection or rest; these may be custom fabricated or pre-fabricated, based on your prescription or your therapist’s evaluation. The therapist will perform a comprehensive examination which may include evaluation of your strength, range of motion, sensation and pain. Your therapist will work with you to jointly determine goals and a treatment plan individualized for you. If appropriate a home exercise program will be included in your first visit.

Custom splints (orthoses) are constructed by Hand Therapists and fabricated from a thermoplastic material that is heated in warm water and molded directly on the body for a custom fit. It is easily removed and re-applied.  They can be used to rest or protect a painful joint, give stability to increase pain-free functional use, or improve motion in a stiff joint. Periodic adjustments may be made to the splints to accommodate changes in swelling, mobility, or the stage of healing so that a successful outcome is gained.  Splints may be used for many purposes: to increase functional use of the arm or hand, increase or maintain range of motion, neuromuscular reeducation, protect healing of fractures, tendons or nerves, relieve pain and prevent or correct deformities.

Custom Splints are considered part of your Durable Medical Equipment (DME) benefits.

Yes, our Certified Hand Therapists are trained specifically to treat from the shoulder to the hand. In addition we have two Physical Therapists who specialize in the upper quarter. Common diagnoses: Shoulder Impingement, Rotator Cuff Strains & Tears, Tennis Elbow, Wrist-strains, elbow and wrist fractures.

We are preferred providers for many insurance plans, including, but not limited to:

  •  Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield – Full PPO Network only
  • Facey Medical Group
  • First Health
  • Health Net
  • Lakeside Medical Group
  • Medicare & most Medicare replacement plans     Multi-plan
  • Oscar
  • PHCS
  • Private Healthcare Systems
  • Regal Medical Group
  • Tricare*
  • Tri-West*      
  • United Healthcare
  • Worker’s Compensation

*We are pleased to be in network to serve our valued Veterans and active service military and their families

A hand therapist is an occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT) who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hand and entire upper extremity. A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity, and can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery and continues through the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle. A hand specialist may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

CHT is an Occupational Therapist (OT) or Physical Therapist (PT) by profession with at least three years of experience, plus 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice (upper extremity rehabilitation). A CHT must have passed a certification examination that demonstrates knowledge of all areas of hand therapy before being granted the right to use the CHT designation and must recertify every 5 years.

  • We are highly-specialized and skilled team of 6 occupational and physical therapists, 6 of whom have attained the prestigious designation of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
  • Many of the top doctors and surgeons in Southern California refer their patients to HRS due to our excellent results and reputation
  • Individualized treatment, no cookie cutter formulas
  • Expertise in treating tissues which are not yet healed, whether tendons, fractures, skin, etc.
  • State-of-the-Art treatment techniques
  • Comprehensive, patient-centered care
  • Strong emphasis on collaboration with referring physicians