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What is physical therapy?

We often hear the question, what is physical therapy

Loduoun Sports Therapy Center, Sterling VA

Physical Therapy is specialized care that helps you relieve pain, restore movement, and recover from an injury, illness, or condition.

When receiving physical therapy you have the opportunity to recover from painful conditions and injuries without addictive medications or surgery.

A recent study showed that many people had a misconception when asked “what is physical therapy?” Most people thought it was massage and modalities like heat, electrical stimulation and ultrasound.

But physical therapy is so much more than that and it is often misunderstood by physicians and chiropractors. Physical therapy is a specialty just like a surgeon or a neurologist. The difference? Physical therapists are required to understand, diagnose, and treat all conditions and injuries. When you see a physical therapist you will have a much better chance at quickly and cost effectively discovering the cause of your condition or injury.

Your physical therapist is a specialist in the body’s movement and function. Physical therapists are highly trained in all orthopedic and neurological conditions.

At LSTC, you will receive care from highly skilled clinicians who have a strong desire to help you recover. Your clinicians are all movement specialists who work with orthopedic injuries and conditions as well as sports-related injuries. After your private one-on-one evaluation you will receive a full assessment of your movement patterns, strength, & range of motion. The physical therapist will identify the cause of your pain and design a plan to eliminate it.

While every patient’s condition and pain is unique, at LSTC you will work with a physical therapist who will use a variety of manual therapy techniques, exercise, and patient education during your treatments. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent your injury or pain from recurring. Because we understand that each patient is different, you will receive a plan of care that is individualized to your specific condition and goals.


You don’t have to wait to relieve your pain. You don’t have to take addictive medications or have very expensive tests.  Call 703-450-4300 today to schedule your evaluation. 


Located in eastern Loudoun, our physical therapy, concussion management, vestibular rehab, and fitness services are the premier choice for Northern Virginia residents. Our Sterling Virginia location, is also convenient to Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Herndon, Reston, Broadlands, Leesburg and Lansdowne.