Physical Therapy Specialties and Services

The staff at Physical Therapy Services has worked hard to develop a vast knowledge base in a variety of clinical interests. Every clinician has extensive knowledge and training in their field, which allows them to provide optimal treatment for each client.

​Our clinicians combine over 100 years of clinical experience with a vested interest in continuing education to provide scientific support to ensure the quickest recovery for our patients.


Specialty Programs

At Physical Therapy Services we are skilled in treating all musculoskeletal injuries from back pain to rehabilitation from ACL reconstruction.  We also have developed expertise in treating some other injuries and pains you may not know can be improved through physical therapy.

Sports Medicine Rehabilitation

Our therapists have developed extensive knowledge of the specific demands and performance requirements of the athlete. From the professional athlete to the weekend warrior to the avid golfer or even the casual Zumba enthusiast, we utilize our training as “movement experts” to aid you in returning to the activities you enjoy most. With each athlete we take the rehabilitation to the next level to identify not only how to treat your pain but teach you techniques to enhance your performance and prevent further injury.

Arthritis Relief

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Developed from current physical therapy research, we provide comprehensive arthritis treatment programs that utilize manual therapy and tailor an exercise program to meet your needs and abilities. Exercises are designed to preserve the mobility, strength and use of your joints. You can expect an assessment of your body mechanics and posture. When needed, bracing and mobility aids can be issued.

Comprehensive Spinal Care

Physical therapists are trained to be “Back Pain Specialists.” We provide specialized intervention for ailments of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including but not limited to degeneration, disc herniation, facet impingement, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, compression fracture and muscle strain.

At Physical Therapy Services, our therapists take the extra step to address your pain and symptoms to improve function. We take pride in identifying and correcting the underlying biomechanical cause to prevent recurrent episodes.

TMJ

Our Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) approach to treatment provides relief to individuals suffering from pain caused by TMJ dysfunction. The goal of our treatment is not to just provide temporary relief, but to develop a specific treatment plan that not only helps address the cause of the pain, but also educates patients on how to manage their symptoms.

Headaches

Many headaches can be caused from postural changes and overuse of specific muscle groups around the cervical spine and shoulders. Through manual intervention and specific exercise physical therapy can greatly reduce pain associated with headaches.

Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. VRT can help with a variety of vestibular problems including, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and the unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction associated with Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis.

When the vestibular organs are damaged, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems and other symptoms.

The goal of VRT is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception. Our therapists will develop an individualized treatment plan that include specific head and eye exercises to be performed in the therapy and home setting.

Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

Therapy prepares the body before orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation after surgery. We encourage skilled intervention prior to joint replacement for the most optimal postoperative result. Multiple studies show physical therapy prior to joint replacement results in quicker return to mobility and function. Physical therapy post joint replacement is invaluable in reducing edema, controlling pain, and maximizing ROM and strength. Individualized plan of care is aimed at you reaching your mobility goals. We have experience in rehabilitation following total shoulder, hip, knee and ankle replacement.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

  • Comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation to determine the cause of and best treatment for acute or chronic pain
  • Expertise in the rehabilitation of spine, sacrum, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle
  • Manual therapy, which uses the massage and manipulation of the body’s soft tissues to relieve pain and promote healing
  • General strength training
  • Outpatient prosthetic rehabilitation, to help individuals adjust to an artificial limb or other external appliance​

WorkSTEPS Functional Employment Training

The WorkSTEPS Program was developed by physical therapists in response to the industry’s need for reliable, medically/legally defensible employment testing programs which could effectively reduce work place injury incidence and work place injury costs.

Components of the Worksteps Employment Testing include:

  • Musculoskeletal evaluation including range of motion, strength, posture and joint integrity assessments
  • Cardiovascular status including recovery condition, blood pressure and heart rate
  • Static and dynamic strength evaluation of the back and extremities
  • Risk profile for “over-use syndrome”
  • Job specific or job simulation components includes instruction in proper body mechanics and lifting techniques

Learn more about WorkSTEPS.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual’s capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment. The FCE process compares the individual’s health status and body functions and structures to the demands of the job and the work environment.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research  supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles.

  • I had been told my only option was back surgery but thankfully I found Physical Therapy Services. They taught me how my posture was resulting in pain down my leg. I could tell a difference after only a few visits. I highly recommend them!

  • Russ did an excellent job directing my rehab following rotator cuff repair. My ROM and strength feel better than it has in years. I am back playing tennis without restriction.

  • Thanks for your help. I am running without pain and looking forward to my first half marathon next month.

  • I am pleased with the care given to me at Physical Therapy Services of Wilmington. The staff is excellent as well as courteous and friendly. I never had to wait longer than 10 minutes for my appointment. It feels great to be able to walk without that pain in my foot!

  • I am back surfing and paddle boarding without pain.

  • I couldn’t have been treated any better. The staff was so warm and caring! Thank you for all your help!

  • Outstanding care provided. Superior professionalism. Extremely professional staff.

  • I walked in feeling dizzy, miserable and nauseated from an episode of vertigo. Amy was able to provide treatment on the first visit that remedied my symptoms. I truly appreciate her expertise. She even called a few days later to check up on me. This is not something I had experienced from other health care providers. Thanks Amy!

  • I have improved tremendously from my initial visit and I am able to return to a normal active routine. I felt much better after each session.

  • I have seen Alan for several ailments over the years. He has treated me for shoulder and back pain as well as rehab following my knee replacement. I had no idea what rehab entailed following knee replacement. He pushed me just the right amount but also respected my pain and concerns. Thankfully, I am back gardening and playing with my grandkids. I appreciate his knowledge and his willingness to take the time necessary to explain the source of my pain and lay out a vision how PT will help.

  • Jane was excellent. I had a long recovery following surgery on my hand after it was cut while at work. I found her to be knowledgeable, reassuring, patient and thorough throughout my course of therapy. She customized a splint for me and provided several other gadgets that initially improved the ease of daily activities but ultimately helped me return to work. I am forever grateful.

  • I have been to several physical therapy clinics. If I need to return I will not go anywhere else. I can function with minimal pain and I have found my home program to be a great benefit. I am thrilled with my improvements. I have resumed walking the loop several days a week without hip pain. This is something I truly enjoy and prior to intervention, I had my doubts. Many thanks.

  • Mike genuinely cared about my improvement. He was flexible and did not rush me. He always answered my questions to my satisfaction and provided teaching to enable me to do home therapy.

  • I want to thank all the staff or a great experience. I started care in a great deal of pain. Everyone was very kind, professional and accommodating. Marie is a superstar! She literally changed my life. You guys have a fantastic staff. Keep up the good work. Thanks again.