Physical Therapy

After an injury or illness, you deserve the best chance to regain function, independence, and a high quality of life. Our caring physical therapy experts use the most advanced techniques to help you heal. They also provide the support you need during your recovery.

Why Choose Physical Therapy at UVA Health

We use the most advanced equipment and latest therapies to speed your recovery. We offer evaluation and treatment for mobility, balance, coordination, and musculoskeletal problems — all scheduled at your convenience

Our Physical Therapy Services

  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Manual/myofascial therapy
  • Neurological rehabilitation (stroke, brain injury, concussion, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis)
  • Orthopedic/musculoskeletal training/exercise
  • Osteoporosis/exercise training

LSVT BIG Therapy for Parkinson’s Symptoms

Lee Silverman’s Voice Therapy (LSVT) BIG therapy is designed for people with Parkinson’s disease, or Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

LSVT BIG focuses on increasing the size of movements. It's often done together with LSVT LOUD that focuses on increasing vocal loudness.

LSVT BIG and LOUD treatments are provided by certified therapists. These successful programs are intensive and include 16 sessions that can be spread out over a month. 

Depending on your needs, you can do:

  • 16 physical/occupational therapy sessions (BIG)
  • 16 speech therapy sessions (LOUD)
  • Both BIG & LOUD sessions

Aquatic Therapy: Easier on Your Joints

Aquatic physical therapy is physical therapy in the water. Exercising in water can be easier on the joints. Water decreases the weight of gravity. This makes it easier to do exercises to increase strength and range of motion.

Aquatic therapy has been successful in treating:

  • Decreased balance
  • Weakness
  • Pain
  • Low back pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Poor tolerance to land exercise
  • Hip, knee, or ankle pain/issues
  • Stroke/CVA (cerebrovascular accident)

Reduce Muscle Pain With Dry Needling

Trigger points in muscle can cause pain at the site of the tightness and often refer pain to other locations. These trigger points can limit muscle function. Dry needling is a treatment technique used to treat these trigger points.

During the treatment, a physical therapist inserts small acupuncture-style needles into the muscle. Dry needling is generally used along with other treatments. It can help:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve range of motion
  • Increase muscle strength and control
  • Improve function