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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps patients regain strength, move with less pain and increase range of motion. Our goal is to meet the specific needs of the patient and improve their overall quality of life.

What is a physical therapist?

Physical therapists are trained healthcare professionals who work with patients to create and carry out a specialized treatment plan for conditions that limit the ability to move and perform everyday activities.

Our experienced therapists offer a variety of treatment options including manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercise, water therapy and patient education.

We offer physical therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Physical therapy is generally covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance. Your insurance benefits and pre-certification are completed prior to your first appointment.

What are some common conditions treated by physical therapy?

  • Assistive device training
  • Joint and muscle
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Back and neck pain
  • Neurological conditions
  • Strengthening and endurance training
  • Wound management
  • Postural retaining
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis and fibromyalgia

Specialized Programs

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic physical therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist patients with back pain in returning to their normal motions. A therapist provides a series of eight interactive sessions that utilize both individual and group therapeutic techniques. Upon completion of the program, the patient is able to self-manage their back pain with appropriate exercises for continues prevention and future management

Industrial Rehabilitation

The Industrial Rehabilitation program at McLeod Loris Seacoast is focused on helping injured workers. Being injured and unable to work can be frustrating and difficult.

Our program offers an individualized rehabilitation plan to help workers identify work capacities, regain functional skills and return to work safely after an injury.

Available Services include:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Work Conditioning
  • Job Site Evaluation
  • Post Offer, Pre-employment Testing

Getting Started:
To learn more about Industrial Rehabilitation, ask your primary care physician about ways our program can benefit you. You will need a physician referral to participate. Workman's Compensation or other health insurance often covers the cost of the program.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

The vestibular rehabilitation program at McLeod Loris Seacoast takes a complete approach to the assessment and management of vestibular and balance conditions. Our physical therapy department offers advanced testing capabilities and experienced staff to care for patients suffering from dizziness and imbalance.
Vestibular rehabilitation exercises can help restore the brain's ability to compensate for the imbalance. These exercises involve specific routines and workouts that help improve balance and diminish the feeling of dizziness. After finishing this program, it's important continue physical activity.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy refers to hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. When physical therapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints, patients typically respond better, faster.

Lymphedema Program

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling of the arm(s), leg(s), or trunk due to chronic fluid retention. It is commonly caused by chronic vein disease, heredity, or removal of lymph nodes and radiation to treat certain types of cancer. Lymphedema generally worsens over time if left untreated. It is a serious condition with long-term physical and emotional consequences. Cosmetic deformities are difficult to hide, and complications such as severe infection and ulcers of the skin are common.

Symptoms of lymphedema:
In the early stages, Lymphedema may show no symptoms, or it may present as a heavy, full, or uncomfortable sensation in the affected areas. Other symptoms may include:

  • Swelling
  • Skin changes
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Tight, heavy, or full feeling of the skin
  • Fluid drainage or "weeping" from the skin
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Decreased mobility
  • Difficulty with comfortably fitting into clothing or shoes
  • Tightness of a ring, watch, or bracelet

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

Outpatient Services are available for patients with Lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency (vein disease), and associated wounds. Although there is no cure for Lymphedema, it can be effectively managed through a process known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
Phase One of CDT includes:

  • Measurement of limb volumes
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression bandaging
  • Skin care and wound care
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Compression garment recommendations
  • Patient and family education

Patients attend the intensive phase of treatment on a daily basis. The goals of CDT during the intensive phase are to decrease swelling as quickly as possible, improve skin condition, reduce pain, improve daily function, and fit with compression garments. Intensive therapy is followed by Phase Two of CDT, an individualized program that patients perform at home to continue improvement of their Lymphedema beyond formal therapy.

Early detection and treatment are critical to prevent and control Lymphedema. Even at advanced stages of the condition, treatment can help to reduce the severity of the Lymphedema and the risk for complications.




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