Frequently Asked Questions

How To Prepare for Your First Visit

  • Gather any relevant medical records, including MRI, X-rays, EMG, etc. Dropping off records prior to your first visit is helpful, but not necessary. If you don't have your imaging/test reports, you can download our Release of Records form. Complete this authorization form, and please remember to sign and date it. Fax (310-318-7944) or email (email@thecentersite.org) the completed form to our office.
  • Make a list of medications and nutritional supplements you currently take.
  • Make a list of the care (ie: manipulation, physical therapy, injections, surgery) you have received for your current issue.
  • Make a list of any questions, concerns, and/or goals you have about this issue.
  • Download the Intake Forms and bring the completed the forms with you to your first visit. If you prefer, we can also mail you the intake forms.
  • If you have insurance, please fax (310-318-7944) or email (email@thecentersite.org) our office with a copy of the front and back of your insurance card. Include your date of birth. If another family member's name is on the card include his/her date of birth also. Prior to your first visit, we verify your benefits and let you know what your co-pay will be.
  • All new patients are responsible for paying $175.00 upon their initial visit.
  • Allow approximately 90 minutes for your initial visit.
  • A medical prescription for your care is typically not necessary, unless the injury is work related. However, if your doctor will give you a prescription, it occasionally helps with insurance coverage.
  • Patients under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the first visit.
  • Please call us if you have any questions at 310-374-9025.


What To Expect From Your First Treatment

  • We will take a detailed history and perform a physical evaluation in order to define your injury/issue.
  • We will educate you about your problem.
  • We will show you how to help your body heal. Techniques include: Self myofascial massage, stabilizing and strengthening exercises, pain management (ie: using ice/heat, topical analgesics), and awareness of aggravating positions.
  • We sometimes use Kinesio, or some other form of tape, to support your body while it is healing. Kinesio Tape is very light-weight and enhances muscle, joint, and circulatory functions aiding in injury recovery.
  • Soreness the day after treatment can occur and is a normal part of the healing process. We will make some suggestions on how to minimize the soreness. It usually resolves in one to two days.
  • On a rare occasion, one treatment may resolve your problem. More likely, it may take a few treatments to both resolve the pain and/or increase your body's function and performance.
  • We work on a treat and release basis, which means we do not keep you coming for care unless it's helping. If it's not helping, we may give you a referral to see a healthcare provider such as an orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, or acupuncturist. As part of your care, we may suggest yoga or pilates.


Intake Forms

Download the Intake Forms and bring the completed the forms with you to your first visit. If you prefer, we can also mail you the intake forms. Intake Form 6 only needs to be completed if you have medical records (including MRI, X-rays, EMG, etc) you want sent to our office.

Intake Form 1
Intake Form 2
Intake Form 3
Intake Form 4
Intake Form 5
Intake Form 6 (Release of Records)


Hours & Directions

We are located at 1200 Artesia Blvd., Suite 200, Hermosa Beach, California 90254. The office is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Artesia Blvd. Our phone number is (310) 374-9025.

Appointments are available Monday thru Friday.

The first visit, which includes a consultation, examination, and treatment, will take about 60 to 90 minutes.



Billing Questions

Many insurance plans do cover treatment at our office. Please call us at (310) 374-9025 to check your insurance coverage. Please have your insurance information available when calling.




The Center for Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries - 310-374-9025 - famatodc@earthlink.net
1200 Artesia Blvd., Suite 200 • Hermosa Beach • California • 90254


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