Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. They are highly skilled health care professionals who work closely with patients, helping them achieve their rehabilitative goals. Therapists provide patients the expertise and guidance needed to:
- improve mobility such as transfers, walking and stair climbing.
- increase range of motion
- increase strength
- manage wound care
- improve stamina and endurance
- educate patients
Who needs physical therapy?
The types of patients and problems who benefit from physical therapy services include, but are not limited to:
- neck and back pain
- shoulder, elbow and fore
- arm pain athletes with sports injuries
- industrial accidents
- motor vehicle related accidents
- arthritic problems
- neurological conditions
- head and/or spinal cord injuries
- children with disabilities
- balance and dizziness problems
- jaw pain
- pregnant women with back pain
How do I receive physical therapy services?
Any individual with a doctor's referral* for physical therapy can call Physical Rehabilitation Services at Memorial Hospital at (540) 666-7590 to make an appointment for an evaluation.
*Patients must be referred by a doctor of medicine (MD), osteopathy (DO), chiropractic, podiatry, or dental surgery.
What will I do in physical therapy?
Physical therapy treatments may include, but are not limited to:
- exercise to improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance
- home exercise instruction
- body mechanics instruction
- work conditioning
- manual therapy
- gait training
- massage (therapeutic)
- ankle and foot orthoses fabrication
- wound care