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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy benefits patients recovering from injury or illness whether it is musculoskeletal (muscle and bone) or neurological. Our staff is here to help increase strength, balance, flexibility and generally improve quality of life. We offer a wide range of physical therapy programs and treatment techniques to return you to better health, including the return to sport for the serious athlete, club athlete, active adult or weekend warrior.


Physical therapy programs include:

Physical Therapy
Neurological Programs
Pediatric Specific Therapy
Spine Rehabilitation Program
Pelvic Health
Better Balance Clinic
Cancer Rehabilitation Programs
Concussion Management Program
LSVT BIG (c) Parkinsons Program
Vestibular Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy

Both our Westford and Concord clinics are staffed with clinical experts in the field of sports medicine, orthopedics, pediatric and other specialty services, including cancer rehabilitation. The breadth of specialists ensures you receive the best care possible for your rehabilitation needs.

Our sports medicine and orthopedic specialists treat a wide range of conditions, from sprains and strains to tendonitis, tendon repairs and total knee replacements. We specialize in the repair of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and rotator cuff repairs and injuries, among others. Our pediatric specialists treat an array of child-specific and neurological issues such as developmental and gross motor delay, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury, among other congenital and acquired pediatric diagnoses.

The center also has specialists on staff that treat conditions such as lymphedema, temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, vestibular and balance problems, incontinence issues among others.

If you have an appointment for either vestibular or balance issues, please download, print and fill out this form. [PDF]

Neurological Programs

We offer a range of neurological treatments for stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, our Better Balance Clinic in Concord provides rehabilitation therapies to improve balance and vestibular disorders such as dizziness and vertigo.

If you have an appointment for either vestibular or balance issues, please download, print and fill out this form. [PDF]

Pediatric Specific Therapy

Our pediatric occupational therapy specialists provide intervention through play to improve basic living skills and social interactions for your child. Among the diagnoses treated are developmental fine and gross motor delay, hypotonia, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy and ADHD.

Spine Rehabilitation Program

In our exercise-based spine rehabilitation program, you’ll work closely with spine experts to get your chronic and acute back pain under control, improve quality of life, function and fitness.

Working with interventional physiatrists, our clinically trained physical therapists work to help you manage multifaceted musculoskeletal chronic pain issues. This program is highly specific to each patient taking into consideration the patient’s history, diagnosis, condition and goals as well as working closely with the doctor to best prescribe an exercise program for postural training, muscle balance, symptom management and energy conservation for complete pain management.

Pelvic Health

We treat conditions of incontinence, abdominal pain, constipation and pelvic pain in both male and female patients. If you have an appointment with our pelvic health specialists, please download, print and fill out the following four questionnaires.

 Bladder Intake 
 Bladder/Pelvic Health 
 Bowel Intake 
 Bowel/Pelvic Health

Better Balance Clinic

Are you or someone you love afraid of falling at home or in the community? Is getting up and down from a chair becoming more and more challenging?  Have you noticed more difficulty walking due to an unsteady gait? If you are looking for a cost effective and efficient way to address these concerns, consider the Better Balance Clinic now with two locations at The Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services at Emerson Hospital and in the Emerson Health Center in Westford.

At our Clinic you and your loved one can learn strategies and exercises to improve balance and safety. We focus on various balance tasks through games and group exercise.  We offer educational information on community mobility and home safety, equipment, supportive footwear as well as vestibular problems associated with balance impairments.

The Better Balance Clinic can be the primary course of treatment or supplement individualized physical therapy treatment for balance or vestibular disorders. With a physician’s referral the clinic and individual treatments are covered by insurance!

For more information or to register please call 978-287-8200 for Concord or 978-589-6850 for Westford.

Cancer Rehabilitation Programs

We offer a variety of individual and group exercise programs by STAR® oncology certified therapists.  Individual therapy focuses on your specific needs to regain strength and reduce fatigue from surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments.  As your stamina increases, you may progress to the Be Strong Cancer Group, an eight-week transition program that prepares you to continue with a lifelong exercise and wellness program.

Concussion Management Program: Physical Therapy

Our post-concussion management program utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach to assist in the recovery and reintegration into activities after a concussion. Our concussion clinical specialists utilize specific manual therapy techniques to decrease muscle spasms and deep tension in order to decrease many of the symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome. We also focus on a variety of exercises that help strengthen and stretch the postural muscles to restore normal muscle functioning.  Our concussion program focuses on educating and empowering the patient to manage their symptoms independently. 

We also offer comprehensive Baseline Concussion Screening that includes the following three tests: ImPact, Biodex modified CTSIB, and the balance error scoring system (BESS). By testing both the cognitive component and balancing function of the brain, we are able to provide you with a more comprehensive baseline screen. More detailed information on the Baseline Concussion Screening.

Concussion Management Program: Speech and Language Therapy

Our Speech Language Pathologists, who specialize in concussion management, provide comprehensive evaluations and treatments to address problems with: attention, memory, processing speed, word-retrieval, executive functioning, and time management. Additionally, compensatory strategies are provided to facilitate success in home, school, work, and community settings.

LSVT BIG (c) Parkinsons Program

The LSVT BIG© program is an exciting research-based exercise approach effective in the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease and other similar movement disorders.   LSVT stands for “Lee Silverman Voice Treatment” which was developed in the 1980’s with funding from the family of a Parkinson’s patient (Lee Silverman) to improve her ability to communicate.  More recently the program has expended to include a physical therapy specific approach to improve movement patterns based on the same principles.  This is known as LSVT BIG©.  We will teach you how to avoid inactivity, enhance your movements during everyday activities and better your quality of life.  This program includes whole body movements with large amplitudes, multiples repetitions and progressions from simple to complex that focus on high effort levels through.  BIG effort is the key to success!

Ideally, the program includes a four week cycle with three to four one hour appointments per week.  Depending on your condition and physical health at the time of evaluation, modification may be recommended.  All Treatments are with a LSVT certified clinician.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Patients with inner ear disorders are often referred to Physical Therapy for primary symptoms of dizziness, balance disorders and visual motor disturbances. In addition, many of these patients have developed secondary symptoms associated with reduced activity levels. Secondary symptoms include decreased strength, loss of range of motion, increased tension, particularly in the cervical and shoulder region, leading to muscle fatigue and headaches. Therapy helps alleviate both the primary and secondary symptoms.

Our vestibular rehabilitation program is designed to either promote central nervous system compensation for the inner ear deficits or correct the pathology.  The rehabilitation program includes habituation exercises, improving ocular motor control, and increasing overall activities for long-term retention of gains made in therapy. In some instances, patients may only receive vestibular habituation exercises or repositioning techniques if balance is not affected.

 

Outpatient Physical Therapy Staff in Concord

Outpatient Physical Therapy Staff in Westford