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Physical Therapy

For more information call Chesapeake Regional’s Rehabilitation Services Department at 757-312-6122.

Chesapeake Regional's rehabilitation services department offers a wide variety of specialty services and a comprehensive approach to the treatment of many orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions. Our outpatient staff includes 11 physical therapists, three physical therapist assistants, an occupational therapist and a speech therapist. Our hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. New patients will be scheduled within 48 hours of physician referral. We provide many specialty services within the scope of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, including:Woman with a walker

  • Lymphedema Treatment Program (three clinicians certified through the Vodder School)
  • McKenzie-based approach to orthopedic spinal disorders
  • Orthopedics (one clinician board-certified through the American Physical Therapy Association)
  • Manual therapy including joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques and myofascial release
  • Treatment of osteoporosis (based on research by Sara Meeks, PT, G.C.S.)
  • Treatment of hand/wrist injury/surgery
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Facilitation of Chesapeake General Hospital's Stroke Support Group, including stroke rehabilitation
  • Modified barium swallow study
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing
  • Voice retraining
  • Head and neck cancer rehabilitation
  • Treatment of aphasia and cognitive deficits
  • Golf fitness

Every part counts

At Chesapeake Regional, a customized plan of treatment, a range of technologically advanced equipment and a series of carefully monitored exercises come together to achieve recovery and rehabilitation goals.

Our highly trained rehabilitation specialists strive to meet the needs of an ever-growing Hampton Roads community and assist individuals in regaining functional independence and improved quality of life. Our therapeutic care is performed as a partnership with the patient. Patients' goals are considered when every plan of care is created, and close communication is maintained with the patients' physicians. All therapy is conducted in our 8000-square-foot outpatient facility and fully equipped gym. We accept all insurances and obtain pre-approval before evaluating our patients.

It’s all here

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center includes both Chesapeake General Hospital and the Lifestyle Center, so therapy started in-hospital can continue efficiently. We are affiliated with more than 440 physicians, including those in orthopedic specialties. Our licensed therapists work enthusiastically with physicians and patients for the best possible treatment outcomes.

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical therapy treats disorders of the muscles, bones, or joints by means of physical agents, such as heat, light, water, electricity, manual therapy and exercise. The therapist attempts to prevent pain or further damage and restore any loss of function. The responsibilities of a physical therapist include:

  • Examining individuals with impairment, functional limitation and disability in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis and intervention.
  • Restoring function by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions.
  • Preventing injury or impairment by promoting fitness, health and quality of life in people of all ages.
  • Engaging in consultation, education and research.

At Chesapeake Regional, traditional physical therapy treats the whole individual, not just a condition or injury. Working with you and your physician, our licensed physical therapists will create a plan to help you achieve the greater mobility that can help you resume your everyday activities. Many clients report they don’t simply “return to normal,” but actually function better than ever.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

"Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists help clients perform all types of activities, from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking and eating. Physical exercises may be used to increase strength and dexterity, while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity or the ability to discern patterns. Patients with permanent disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, often need special instruction to master certain daily tasks. For these individuals, therapists demonstrate use of adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, orthoses, eating aids and dressing aids."*

* Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the United States Department of Labor

Speech Therapy

A speech-language pathologist (sometimes called a speech therapist) assesses and treats individuals with speech, language, cognitive communication, voice and swallowing disorders.

The responsibilities of a speech-language pathologist include evaluating and treating individuals with the following:

  • Aphasia (difficulty understanding or expressing language)
  • Dysarthria or apraxia of speech
  • Disorders of speech rhythm/fluency
  • Voice disorders
  • Cognitive communication deficits, such as attention, memory or problem solving
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

Lymphedema treatment program

Lymphedema is a condition caused by accumulation of lymphatic fluid and proteins in body tissues. It most frequently results in painful swelling of the arms and legs, although occasionally will appear in other parts of the body. The lymphatic system transports proteins, fats, bacteria and other waste materials produced by the delivery of nutrients to tissue cells in the body. The material is then transported through a vessel system to the lymph nodes, where the cells are then cleaned and filtered before returning to the bloodstream.

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