Rehabilitation & Therapy

Offering access to excellence in non-surgical and post-operative treatment options for a variety of orthopaedic concerns. From Physical Therapy to Hand Therapy, our practitioners give individualized care to each patient.

Convenient Locations

With convenient locations in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia featuring state-of-the-art equipment, our therapy patients can find care near their home, office or somewhere in between. We accept most major insurance plans. Evaluation by a CAO physician is not a requirement for receiving treatment from our therapy team, but you may need a referral or prior authorization based on your plan. Contact your insurance carrier to learn more.

Rehab and physical therapy in Maryland, DC, and Virginia

Personalized Care

Whether your injury is related to a chronic or acute pain, or rehab after a surgery, there are treatment options for you. Through Rehabilitation at CAO, you often have the choice to see a therapist in the same care center as your orthopaedic surgeon or, at a location that is most convenient for you.

Experienced Staff

Rehabilitation at CAO Therapists are dedicated to their role in the healing process of each patient. They offer clinical knowledge and expertise in the delivery of treatment techniques to support recovery from a variety of orthopaedic concerns. Our therapists know that each patient is a person with a unique story and personal goals. This drives their delivery of personalized one-on-one care to achieve the best possible outcomes.

All of our therapy centers offer physical therapy interventions, delivered by experienced Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. Many locations also offer hand therapy provided by Physical Therapists or Occupational Therapists who  have received advanced training in hand therapy, up to and including the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation.

To learn more about the CHT credential visit the American Society of Hand Therapists.


Physical Therapy

The treatment of disease, injury or illness with the use of physical interventions including exercise, manual therapy and modalities with the ultimate goal of returning the patient to his/her desired level of function. Physical Therapy is the most widely available non-surgical intervention at CAO.

Hand Therapy

The treatment of disease, injury and conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand) with the use of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function. CAO has a number of OTs and PTs who have received extended training to obtain the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation. 

Active Release Technique (ART)

A therapeutic technique that uses manipulation and movement of the affected body part to promote blood flow and assist in healing.

Computerized Gait Analysis

This computerized test evaluates walking (gait) abnormalities and deviations to assist in the treatment of dysfunctions affecting ambulation and/or running.


A type of deep tissue massage in which a therapist puts special cups on the skin to create suction to promote blood flow and relaxation and assist in decreasing pain and inflammation.

Dry Needling

A technique used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments that involves the use of "dry" needles without medication or injection, that are inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.

Foot Orthotic Fabrication

The creation of custom shoe inserts to provide pain relief and/or support for foot disorders.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization IASTM (Graston)

A variety of soft tissue mobilization techniques which involve instruments to create a deeper, smoother massage to treat certain injuries and conditions.

Kinesiology Taping

A treatment intervention involving taping a specific muscle complex or joint to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability without restricting range of motion. Taping is most often utilized to enhance exercise and promote normal movement.


A therapeutic treatment which provides wavelengths of light to tissues to assist in healing and pain relief.


Specialized equipment that allows therapists to objectively evaluate the strength and range of motion of the neck or back.  Reporting is used to compare with age-matched norms and biofeedback is used to optimize strengthening and address areas for improvement.

Pediatric Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy specifically targeted to infants and children.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatment

Specialized treatment for disorders of the jaw and temporomandibular joint which can include physical therapy to relieve pain and improve joint mechanics.

Vestibular/Balance Treatment

Specialized treatment to improve symptoms of vestibular disorders causing dizziness and loss of balance.

Work Hardening/Conditioning (WH/WC)

Exercise program focused on simulating work activities and building endurance and strength to enable the employee to return to work.

Please note - not all services are available at all CAO rehabilitation locations. Please use locations search to find services near you.