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
- Wound and scar management
Sentara Therapy Center locations offer a vast array of specialty physical therapy programs available at selected sites throughout the rehabilitation network located on the Peninsula, Southside, Western Tidewater Region and Northeast North Carolina.