Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular impairments that effect an individual’s ability to move and function in his or her daily life.

Physical therapists treat patients of all age groups, from young athletes with sport related injuries to elderly persons who may have suffered a stroke or have had recent surgery. They work closely with the patient, as well as other health professionals to meet the individual’s personal health care goals. Physical therapists utilize many different treatment techniques and modalities, depending on diagnosis, including:

  • Activities of daily living retraining
  • Balance and mobility training
  • Cervical and lumbar traction
  • Endurance training
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Gait training
  • Heat and cold modalities
  • Pain management
  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Range of motion exercises
  • TENS application
  • Ultrasound
  • Wound and scar management

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital's licensed physical therapists have professional expertise for treating a wide variety of physical problems related to an injury, surgery, illness, disease or aging. The Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy department in the Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center at Pantops overlooks Pantops Mountain and is equipped with isokinetic testing and treating devices as well as state-of-the art balance and strengthening equipment to enhance our therapists' patient care options.

Our therapists have many years of individual and collective experience and can treat a diverse range of problems included in the following areas:

  • Orthopedic injuries, pain, or post-surgical cases (such as bone, joint, or soft-tissue problems).
  • Geriatrics (arthritis, balance problems, weakness, difficulty walking)
  • Sport-related injuries or dysfunction
  • Spine care (back or neck pain, post-surgical care)
  • Neurological diseases (stroke, MS, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Vestibular dysfunction
  • Women's health care (post-operative rehabilitation, pregnancy-related spine pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation)
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema
  • Orthotic prescription and fitting needs
  • Isokinetic testing and training needs
  • Work-related injuries

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