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What to Expect

Thank your for choosing Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham as your rehabilitation services provider. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your rehabilitation goals. To make sure that you get the most out of your course of therapy, we need your cooperation. The following list describes ways that will help us help you the most!


The single most important thing you can do to ensure a good outcome to therapy is to keep your scheduled appointments . Please make every effort to come. If you must cancel or change an appointment, please call us at least 24 hours in advance.

What to expect

At the first visit, your PT or OT will ask about your goals, perform an examination and work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your needs. Together you will discuss the frequency and timing of follow-up visits, which are generally one or two times a week for several weeks.

Components of Treatment Offered by PT and OT/Hand Therapy

  • Strengthening, flexibility and endurance exercises to improve movement during functional activities.
  • Joint and tissue mobilization to increase range of motion and freedom of movement.
  • Modalities to increase tissue extensibility, decrease pain and edema
  • Ice and heat
  • Ultrasound, Phonophoresis, Iontophoresis
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Education in ergonomic changes and joint protection.
  • Postural Analysis.
  • Spinal and Joint Stabilization.
  • Gait Training, Balance and Proprioceptive Training (PT).
  • Custom made splints (OT/Hand Therapy).
  • Wound & skin care (OT/Hand Therapy).

Home Program

You will be asked to do some exercises at home on a regular basis. Your therapist will review them with you and give you written instructions with pictures.


Wear loose-fitting, casual clothing that allows you to move comfortably or is easy to remove. Shorts are best to wear for leg or back problems. Tank tops are best for hand therapy. Hospital-provided gowns are also available.

Insurance Coverage

We accept most insurance plans. If you have questions about your particular insurance coverage for rehabilitation services, call the number on the back of your insurance card.

What to Bring

Patients should bring a physician prescription/order for treatment, list of current medications, and insurance referral (if it is required by your insurance plan).


If your insurance calls for a co-payment, we will ask you to pay at the front desk at the time of each visit.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492