Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Plus

Our Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants will help improve your strength, mobility and functional performance with a special emphasis on preventing disability and injury. They will utilize customized treatments to get you moving in the right direction toward improved health, fitness, and wellness.

A physical therapist works with a patient.

What Conditions Do Orthopedic Physical Therapists treat?

Orthopedic Physical Therapists focus on the treatment of injuries to the muscles, bones, joints, tendon, and ligaments, including post-operative and total joint replacement rehabilitation. The goal of therapy is to get you back to your desired activities, whether it is your daily routine or training for a specific activity. Some diagnoses include:

  • Sprain/strain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Total knee, hip or shoulder replacement
  • Meniscal/ligament repair
  • Shoulder rotator cuff repair

What can a Physical Therapist do for me?

Your Orthopedic Physical Therapist will work with you to develop a personalized program of exercises and treatments to reduce pain and inflammation. The therapist will also help you to increase motion, strength and balance to help you return to your normal activities with less pain and limitation.

What is Lymphedema?                                                   

Lymphedema is a chronic (long-term) condition in which excess lymph fluid collects in tissues causing swelling due to injury to the lymphatic system.  Lymphedema commonly affects one of the arms or legs, though in some cases, both arms or both legs can be affected.  Some patients may experience swelling in other areas of the body.  There are numerous causes, including genetic, surgical, traumatic, and infectious causes. 

What can a Lymphedema Specialist do for me?

A certified lymphedema therapist provides complete decongestive therapy (CDT).  CDT includes the following components: manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, education on skin care and risk reduction, exercise, and compression garment fitting and training.  It often includes four to twelve weeks of treatment followed by the independent use of compression garments at home.

What is Neurologic Rehabilitation? 

Neurologic rehabilitation incorporates occupational, physical and speech therapy to improve: functional mobility, walking, activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, cooking), cognition, speech and swallowing.  We see people with many neurological diagnoses including the following:

  • Stroke - Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury - Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease - ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Brain and Spinal Tumors - Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy - Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis - Balance and Gait Disorders

What can a Physical Therapist/Neurologic Specialist do for me?

  • Individualized Fall Prevention Program
  • Wheelchair Assessments
  • Body-Weight Supported Gait Training using the LiteGait
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation
  • Certified LSVT Big for Parkinson’s
  • Exercises and functional tasks to improve performance in everyday activities

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?                     

Pelvic floor Therapy is an out-patient physical therapy program specifically designed to assist helping women and men find relief from pelvic floor dysfunction. An experienced physical therapist, who compassionately understands your concerns, will work with you to restore your quality of life.  Specialized care and treatment is provided to address conditions including bladder or bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, urinary frequency or urgency, constipation, tailbone (coccyx) pain, pregnancy and post partum concerns, pre & post gynecological surgery and prolapsed organs.  

What can a Pelvic Floor Specialist do for me? 

A pelvic floor physical therapist specializes in therapy to help you with pelvic floor relaxation to reduce urge symptoms or pelvic pain, or with exercises to retrain and strengthen pelvic floor muscles to address incontinence or prolapsed organs. Some treatments that may be used include myofascial release, biofeedback, bladder retraining, strength and conditioning exercises and education to improve pelvic floor muscle control.

What types of Sports Injuries do Physical Therapists treat?

Sports Medicine Physical Therapy treats most musculoskeletal diagnoses in athletes of all ages with a focus on keeping you in the game. Some common sports injuries Physical Therapy can treat include:

  • Adolescent knee pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Plantar Fasciitis                                  
  • Runner’s knee
  • Tendonitis
  • Torn ligaments or tendons

What can a Physical Therapist do for me?

Your Sports Medicine Physical Therapist will develop a personalized program based on your goals, assessment of your strengths and weakness, to keep you in your sport or to get you back in the game as soon as possible.

What is Vestibular Dysfunction?         

Our vestibular system is made up of parts of the inner ear and the brain. Their function is to process sensory information, which is integral to balance control and eye movements. Vestibular dysfunction can occur when an illness or injury attacks these processing centers. It can also represent contributing factors, such as genetics, environmental conditions, and at times be of unknown origin.

What can a Vestibular Specialist do for me?

A physical therapist, who can provide vestibular rehabilitation, has taken advanced classes to help people with inner ear problems and balance disorders by retraining the brain and the body to communicate better to improve mobility and overall function. Specific treatment approaches will depend on the cause of the vestibular disorder, and can include head and neck maneuvers and other exercises to eliminate symptoms. The therapist is also trained to assist with balance and walking problems associated with vestibular dysfunction.

Speak with your physician to see if our Physical Therapists can help you, and request a referral.

Please add for more information go to The American Physical Therapy Association.

To schedule an appointment, a physician referral is required.

Available Locations:

Physical Therapy Plus
at Fitchburg Campus
275 Nichols Road,
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Physical Therapy
at the Clinton Campus
201 Highland Street
Clinton, MA 01510
978 -368- 3740
Physical Therapy Plus
at Whitney Field
21 Cinema Boulevard,
Leominster, MA 01453
Physical Therapy Plus
at Orchard Hills Athletic Club
100 Duval Road,
Lancaster, MA 01523