FAQ (frequently asked questions)
4. How do I reschedule an appointment?
5. What do I need to take with me to an appointment?
6. How do I dress for physical therapy?
7. How does an MRI work, and how should I dress?
8. How do I get my x-ray, MRI films?
Question #1: Hours of Operation
PFC's hours of operation is Monday thru Friday, 7:00am to 11:00:pm.
patient’s private insurance may not reimburse them because it may be considered a worker’s
be notified by PFC.
liaison must contact the PFC staff member who scheduled the appointment to obtain approval to
Question #5: What do I need to take to an appointment?
Patients must take a picture ID (i.e. driver’s license), MRI or x-rays related to the injury.
Question #6: How do I dress for physical therapy?
The therapist must be able to have access to the injured area. Here are some suggestions related
to the type of injury:
Knee, lower body, back - Loose fitting sweats or shorts.
Shoulder - sleeveless shirt/blouse.
Upper back – loose fitting top i.e. sweats (women may want to take a camisole top or tank top).
Supportive shoes (i.e. tennis or running shoes – NO FLIP FLOPS).
regular clothing, but no jewelry, hair pins, etc. Police officers must secure weapon before arrival.
We do referrals to an open MRI, but the images are not as diagnostic.
If patient is claustrophobic, they must speak with a PFC provider and will be given a prescription
for a sedative.
IMPORTANT: IF THE PATIENT REQUIRES SEDATION, THEY WILL NEED A RIDE TO AND FROM THE
Question #8: Getting your MRI and/or X-ray scans
At PFC, speak with the radiology technician.
For outside films, when the patient first sees the technician they should let the technician know
that they will need the films (NOTE: MRI may be on CD instead of the actual films).
If the MRI/x-rays were done prior to needing them, the patient may have to call the hospital where
their films were done to arrange to get them.
Washington Hospital Film Library: (202) 877-0025
Providence Hospital Main Radiology: (202) 269-7970