Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal (orthopedics), 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 goals.
Occupational therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who evaluate and offer treatments that assist people in restoring their activities of daily living that may be limited by physical or psycho-social injury, illness or surgery. Sentara offers a variety of specialized occupational therapy programs.
Occupational therapists utilize everyday life activities, like bathing or dressing or cooking to help those with disabilities lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists also address issues related to restoring gross and fine motor function and coordination, primarily of the upper extremity.
Certified athletic trainers are highly educated and skilled health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, certified athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Certified athletic trainers are integral members of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other healthcare settings.