Physical Therapy Services 

Arthritis & Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS)

Specializing in Hands-on Techniques and Comprehensive, Personalized Programs to Minimize Pain and Maximize Function

Arthritis & Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS) is an established physical therapy practice with special expertise in the treatment of rheumatic and neurological disorders, along with orthopedic conditions and syndromes. Our licensed therapists believe in a hands-on approach to therapy that assists patients in minimizing pain and achieving their fullest physical capabilities. Our personalized approach to treatment, delivered in a caring environment, attracts patients with a wide range of therapeutic needs.

Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Modalities, Musculoskeletal Pain Treatment Matthew P. Reed, MPT

Individualized Treatment Provided by Our Therapy Team

ARTS therapists work with board-certified rheumatologists, orthopedists, neurologists and other physicians to develop individualized treatment plans designed to increase patient comfort, function and safety. Each plan has measurable outcomes for monitoring progress and includes patient education and home care programs to maximize patient independence.

Meet The Team: We Offer Personalized Programs to Minimize Pain and Maximize Function

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I have stage four metastatic breast cancer.  My oncologist recommended physical therapy because one of the medications I take has caused muscle and joint pain.  Anne Wellington Goldsmith has treated me in the past and was my choice.  Anne has been very helpful and has given me suggestions, which have eased the pain.  I have had several therapist over the years and this one is the best.  My life has improved much with being able to sleep better.

Faye B. (Patient)

Initial Evaluation

During an initial evaluation, therapists gather important information about the patient’s specific disease or disorder, general health and their home and work environment. Based on the results of the evaluation, physician’s recommendations and available medical records our licensed physical therapists develop a comprehensive plan that treats the whole person and supports other adjunct treatments that might be underway.

ARA is very organized, with my sessions beginning at the time scheduled. If I had to change my time of a session, they worked with my schedule. The care received greatly increased by mobility! I would strongly recommend ARA to family and friends.

Sam T.  (Patient)

What sets your physical therapy apart from others is you offer more explanation of “why” you are doing this therapy.   I would definitely recommend ARA to friends or family, as you are an excellent professional service with a friendly touch.

Jerilyn D.  (Patient)

Special Rehabilitation Programs

ARTS specializes in rehabilitation programs and protocols for the diseases and disorders listed below, as well as many others. Patient and family education, along with instructions for expanding the benefits of therapy through home exercise, are integral parts of all ARTS rehabilitation programs. Of special note are our back school, programs for joint protection/arthritis prevention and fibromyalgia classes.


  • All forms of arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Soft tissue abnormality
  • Joint protection instruction


  • Neurological diagnoses
  • Balance disorders
  • Adaptive equipment instruction
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Ambulation evaluation and restoration


  • Orthopedic Diagnosis
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Knee and Shoulder Problems
  • Postsurgical and Joint Replacement
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Thoracic Outlet
Womens Health
We can help with a variety of conditions that commonly affect women.

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy-related back pain
  • Female Fitness and Wellness.


  • Ergonomic Instruction
  • Functional Assessment and Intervention
  • Fall prevention
  • Post-surgical intervention
  • Deconditioning
  • Postural abnormality
  • Individualized home exercise program
  • Caregiver training
  • Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

Hands-on Techniques and Modalities

Physical therapists use a variety of techniques and interventions, also referred to as modalities, to treat musculoskeletal problems and to resolve pain. Many diseases and disorders, especially those that cause pain, benefit greatly from therapeutic exercise programs and the use of advanced, hands-on techniques. All ARTS therapists are highly skilled in these interventions, which they use in combination with other basic modalities as described below.

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  • Thermal Modalities
  • Hot & Cold Packs
  • Traction (Cervical & Pelvic)
  • Patello-femoral Taping
  • Ultrasound
  • Phonophoresis (Ultrasound with topical
  • Iontophoresis
  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Paraffin
  • Dry Needling
  • Taping
Manual Therapy

  • Joint Mobilization
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Neural Mobilization

Therapeutic Exercise

  • Active/Passive/Active-Assist
  • General Reconditioning
  • Stabilization
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Balance
  • Home Exercise


Everyday Posture Tips and Simple Guide for Home Office Ergonomic Set-Up

Alicia Skibiniski, PT, DPT – Arthritis and Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS)

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Exercise: A Fundamental Treatment

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Our Directors

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Our Staff

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Appointments, Insurance & Locations

Each of our four locations are open Monday through Thursday. Hours of operation are clinic-dependent, with some clinics taking patients as early as 7:00 a.m., and some as late as 6:00 p.m. Please call the individual clinics for specific office hours.


ARTS participates with numerous insurance plans, including Medicare. When you call to schedule an appointment, the receptionist will ask for your insurance information and will advise you as to our participation status with your carrier. Click here to view participating insurances.

When you come for your scheduled appointment, please be sure to bring your completed registration forms. In addition, bring your identification, insurance card and your physician’s referral for physical therapy.

New Patient Form

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Each form is a PDF document that can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Forms can be sent to ARA via fax, mail or in person during a scheduled appointment.


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Each of our four convenient locations is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and expert clinicians.

Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, 2730 University Boulevard West  Suite 714, Wheaton, MD 20902


2730 University Boulevard West
Suite 714
Wheaton, MD 20902
(on the grounds of Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton)
Tel: 301.942.2520

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Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Chevy Chase

The Barlow Building
5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 620
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(Close to Friendship Heights Metro Station)
Tel: 240.482.3680

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Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, 14995 Shady Grove Road, Suite 260, Rockville, MD 20850


14995 Shady Grove Road
Suite 320
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: 301.929.4125

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Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, 2021 K Street, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20006

Washington, DC

2021 K Street, N.W.
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20006
(Close to Farragut North Metro Station)
Tel: 202.293.9412 

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