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Offering the “Caring” Touch Missing From Traditional Rehabilitation

You’ve heard about physical therapists, but what can they bring to your life?

Physical Therapy has been spoken of often in recent years because it’s what gets people better – it’s what gets you moving forward and functioning back to where you used to be…without pain! 

A physical therapist can help you achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life without surgery or prescription medication. Carousel Physical Therapy offers the individualized attention to your condition, tailoring your program to fit your individualized needs. 

Carousel Physical Therapy was established in 1994 by Nancy Byrne, P.T. as an outreach to the patient population whose needs were not being met by conventional Physical Therapy approaches to rehabilitation and wellness.  It quickly gained a reputation for being the most comprehensive Physical Therapy center in the area by providing not only traditional orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation but also blending manual therapies with conventional rehabilitation to give the patient the best possible outcome.

Carousel continues to be therapist owned as a transition in ownership occurred in 2007 to Vicki VerMeer, M.S.P.T. who had been employed by Carousel since 1999.  Carousel continues grow, as do the needs of the Northern Neck of Virginia.  As we grow we continue to offer comprehensive rehabilitation focusing on orthopedic and neurologic conditions.  

Individualized Physical Therapy Programs are offered for:

• Arthritis – Degenerative Conditions
• Back Pain –  Strengthening and Stabilization
• Cardiac Rehabilitation
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
• CranioSacral Therapy – Wellness
• Edema/Lymphedema
• Educational Kinesiology
• Functional Capacity Evaluations
• Gait & Balance Deficiencies
• Hand Therapy
• Joint Replacements – Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Ankle
• Migraine Headaches
• Myofascial Release – Fascial Restrictions
• Orthopedic Conditions – Strains, Sprains, and Fractures
• Pilates - Conditioning Programs
• Prenatal Back Pain & Post Partum Reconditioning
• Prosthetic Training after Amputation
• Shoulder Pain
• Spinal Care - Back & Neck Pain
• Sports Injuries
• Stroke & Head Injury
• Structural Malalignment – Sacroiliac Pain
• Surgery or Trauma
• T.M.J. Dysfunction
• Total Hip Replacement
• Vestibular Rehabilitation
• Women’s & Men’s Health – Osteoporosis, Incontinence
• Work Related Injuries
Improving Mobility & Motion
No matter what area of the body ails you, physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.
A physical therapist can help you improve your quality of life allowing you to move freely again without pain and discomfort feeling renewed and ready to move on. They can even help you prevent an injury altogether.
For instance, a study of 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer players demonstrated that those who participated in a physical therapy program had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than those who did only a regular warm-up prior to practice.
Because physical therapists receive specialized training in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), to name a few– they understand how the body works and how to get you moving again. They know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – to restore and maximize mobility.
Whether you are living with a muscle disorder, diabetes, recovering from a stroke, a fall or a sports injury, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care. A physical therapist can help you achieve long-term results for many conditions, such as repetitive stress injuries, arthritis, back and neck pain and posture problems.

Eliminating Pain without Medication
Many types of pain and inflammation can be reduced with the help of a physical therapist, including low back pain, which affects up to 80 percent of Americans during their lifetime. Physical therapy treatment that mobilizes the spine along with specific exercises can help alleviate the pain and can have long-lasting effects.
If you are at risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association encourages seeing a physical therapist for the initial treatment of pain resulting from tendonitis/bursitis, degenerative joint problems (osteoarthritis), and inflammatory joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis), rather than being prescribed pain medication. Physical therapists are a great alternative to medication and surgery for musculoskeletal pain. Research shows individuals who receive active physical therapy experience greater improvement in function and decreased pain intensity.
No matter what part of your body hurts, a physical therapist can help you alleviate or manage pain without costly medication or other invasive methods.

As you read this information, you might be asking yourself some questions about physical therapy.

1.  What kind of education does a Physical Therapist have?

Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree - either a masters or a clinical doctorate - from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice.  Physical Therapists are not doctors, however, some do have a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. 

State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.

2.  What should I expect from my physical therapy visits and how can it help me?

Physical Therapy offers the optimal combination of treatments blending science with inspiration; your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally. Your physical therapist will work with you to help you understand your body so you will achieve long-term health benefits.  Vicki VerMeer, Owner of Carousel Physical Therapy states, “Educating our patients helps to improve compliance with their home programs, which improves a patient’s long term outcomes.  A patient’s understanding of why we do what we do is key to their success.”

Physical therapists are experts in the way the human body moves. Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Your physical therapist can also help you prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a program tailored to your specific needs.

Your physical therapist is your partner throughout your journey to restoring and maintaining motion so that you can function at your personal best.

3. How can I see a physical therapist?

If you have questions on whether physical therapy is right for you, call Carousel Physical Therapy and ask to speak with one of our physical therapists regarding your condition.  The state of Virginia has complex laws regarding direct access to physical therapy; therefore, we do need a prescription from your doctor for physical therapy.  If your doctor is familiar with your condition, he/she may just fax us a prescription without you having to go back into his/her office for a visit.  If it is a new condition, it is probably better to have it screened by your physician prior to the onset of therapy.

4.  Is physical therapy covered by my health insurance?

In most cases yes!  The insurance providers Carousel Physical Therapy participates with are: Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross, Tricare, & Optima Health.  Carousel also participates with Multiplan, which covers numerous insurance companies.  Carousel works with numerous workers’ compensation companies as well. If you do not see your insurance listed, call and ask us.  We are happy to call regarding your particular insurance coverage prior to starting therapy.

We are sure there are many of you that could benefit from at least one of the services Carousel Physical Therapy has to offer.  Visit us on our website to learn more  Give us a call today so that you can experience a unique, complete and personal therapy service that will allow you to attain an improved quality of life.  Remember you DON’T have to hurt!

We look forward to being of service to you soon!

Carousel Physical Therapy
500 Irvington Road
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

PH# (804) 435-3435 or  (800) 435-3436

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