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Physical Therapy

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.

Chesapeake Regional's rehabilitation includes 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. New patients are scheduled within 48 hours of physician referral.

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.

We are affiliated with more than 440 physicians, including those in orthopedic specialties. Our licensed therapists work collaboratively with physicians and patients for the best possible treatment outcomes.


We provide many specialty services within the scope of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, including:

  • 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 Regional Medical Center's Stroke Support Group
  • Modified barium swallow study
  • Treatment of aphasia and cognitive deficits
  • Golf fitness

The Benefits of Therapy

At Chesapeake Regional, our physical therapy is a holistic approach treating 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.