Physical Therapy

The goal of physical therapy is to address impairment and functional limitations following injury, disease, illness or any significant change in physical condition.

During an initial evaluation, a physical therapist will assess the patient’s potential for progress and develop a plan that is unique to their condition. The physical therapist will also set short-term and long-term goals for the patient’s progress. Patient outlook is largely dependent on the diagnosis, prognosis and factors such as age and other present conditions.

Common conditions that require physical therapy include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
  • Ankle sprains
  • Acute fractures
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tendon/nerve lacerations
  • Bicep tendon ruptures
  • Back strain

Many rehabilitation techniques used to treat these conditions include modalities (heat, ice, electric stimulation, ultrasounds), range of motion exercises, strengthening techniques, Graston Technique® and patient education regarding the injury and road to recovery. Physical therapy is also used post-operatively to help patients recover quickly, safely and effectively.

Our rehabilitation professionals can also be consulted for home exercise prescription and home or office ergonomic recommendations for someone with a change in functional condition.

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides specialized assistance for people of all ages that have limited abilities due to physical, medical or developmental conditions. By making changes to the person’s environment, situation and skillset, occupational therapists can help patients successfully perform the daily tasks that are important to them.

Access Sports Medicine provides occupational therapy services for:

      • Fractures
      • Nerve injuries
      • Arthritis
      • Cumulative traumas
      • Musculoskeletal injuries
      • Overuse injuries

All therapy sessions are administered as one-on-one treatments with the patient to ensure a personalized, targeted approach to healing.

Our occupational therapy department also performs ergonomic job site evaluations and is proficient in splint fabrication.

Meet Our Occupational Therapists

Will I always work with the same physical therapist?

Our physical therapists treat patients in teams of two, so you will be followed by a primary physical therapist and an assistant physical therapy or athletic trainer. Your primary physical therapist will be in constant communication with the team regarding your care.

Will my physical therapist give me things to work on at home?

Absolutely! When appropriate, you’ll be given a home exercise program. Physical and occupational therapy treatment includes a great deal of education regarding your daily activities, including what to avoid and exercises you can do to facilitate healing and improve function. With these techniques, you become the most important member of your therapy team.

How can I be seen by one of your therapists?

To be seen by an occupational therapist, you must be referred by your orthopaedic or primary care physician. Our physical therapists can take referrals from outside physicians including MDs, DOs, PAs and NPs. We are unable to take referrals from chiropractors, RNs or midwives.

Locations

Dover

19 Webb Place
Dover, NH 03820

Rochester

120 Washington Street Suite 101
Rochester, NH 03839

Portsmouth

155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 102
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Plaistow

13 Plaistow Road
Plaistow, NH 03865

Raymond

6 Freetown Road
Raymond, NH 03077

Exeter

1 Hampton Road
Exeter, NH 03833

Our staff understands and recognizes the importance of providing current and accurate workers’ compensation information and patient progress reports in a timely manner. Above all, our focus is on the recovery process and getting patients back to work quickly.

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