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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a treatment to help you:

  • Recover from illness or injury
  • Alleviate pain
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Improve strength and balance
  • Build endurance and coordination

Our expert team of physical therapists will develop a highly personalized treatment plan, coordinating with your physician, surgeon or other clinical professional, to improve your movement, mobility and recovery.

Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

Before you undergo a knee, hip or other joint replacement, rehabilitation is recommended to strengthen the muscles around your joint. Total Joint Replacement patients attend a pre-op teaching class and are encouraged to do outpatient physical therapy (or Pre-Hab) as part of their surgery preparation.

Post-surgery, the physical therapist will visit in you the hospital within two days of your procedure to assist in walking, starting exercise and to encourage getting out of bed several times a day – a practice that improves overall outcomes.

Most Total Joint Replacement patients will go directly home from the hospital and have physical therapy at home until mobility improves, allowing you to visit an outpatient rehab to continue work on functional mobility, ambulation, range of motion and strength.

The VNA of Cape Cod provides at-home rehabilitation services. JML Care Center is our inpatient rehab facility.

Sports Medicine

Leading an active lifestyle can sometimes lead to injury. Cape Cod Healthcare’s Rehabilitative Services offer sports medicine rehab services at convenient locations, from advanced diagnostics to treatments — all aimed at getting you back in the game quickly and safely.

Common sports-related conditions we treat include:

Balance Therapy and Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of Emergency Room visits. Our physical therapists can assess your risk of falling due to problems with balance or vertigo.

Orthotic Assessment

Orthotics is orthopedic devices designed to restore and improve your regular balance and joint alignment. An Orthotic Assessment determines if the foot’s muscles and tendons are performing efficiently.

Orthotic assessment includes:

  • Gait analysis to check the body’s alignment while walking or running
  • Functional tests, like balancing on one foot, jumping or squatting
  • Biomechanical analysis of the foot, including callus patterns, checking joint integrity and examination of the foot’s bony structure

Conditions treated include:

  • Shin splints
  • Fallen arches
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee and back pain

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique to treat myofascial pain. By inserting a “dry” needle – without medication – into areas of muscle known as trigger points, pain can be relieved or range of motion improved. Dry needling can reduce muscle tension and restore proper function of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles.

Men’s Pelvic Floor Therapy for Incontinence

Many men, especially those with a history of prostate issues, may experience the leaking of urine while coughing, laughing or exercising. The goal of pelvic floor therapy is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle to support the bladder and keep the urethra closed during physical activity.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)

This injury is a tearing of the ACL ligament in the knee joint. The ACL ligament is one of the bands of tissue that connects the femur to the tibia. An ACL tear can be painful. It can cause the knee to become unstable.

Meniscus Tear

This is a common injury of the knee. Your knee joint is cushioned by two c-shaped wedges of cartilage called the "menisci." Each individual cushion is called a "meniscus." This injury is a tear of one of these cushions.

Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that cover the head of the humerus and hold it securely inside the shoulder socket. The cuff helps maintain joint stability while allowing the arm to lift and rotate. A tear of the rotator cuff can be painful and can interfere with shoulder movement. Four muscles make up the cuff: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis muscles.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the plantar fascia. This thick band of connective tissue travels across the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel. It supports the foot's natural arch. It stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight.