Physical Therapy Specialist

Open Water Medical

Family Medicine located in Beaufort, NC & Morehead City, NC

Physical therapy is a great treatment option for many health issues, especially joint problems. At Open Water Medical in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Zebulon, North Carolina, you have access to excellent physical therapy administered by highly skilled medical professionals. If you’re curious about how physical therapy works and what it might do for your health, call or use the online tool to set up a visit today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a type of medical care focused on helping you relieve pain and improve function. It is a highly individualized treatment that takes your specific strengths, limitations, and treatment goals into account.

It’s also incredibly flexible, and your Open Water Medical practitioner is constantly assessing your progress and making adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. This adaptability is one of the reasons why physical therapy is such a powerful treatment tool.

What can physical therapy help?

A course of physical therapy can help with numerous health issues, including:

  • Pain
  • Impaired mobility
  • Recovery from a stroke
  • Disability prevention
  • Recovery from sports injuries
  • Managing chronic illness
  • Learning to use assistive devices


Many men and women assume physical therapy is only for pro athletes or older people. In reality, virtually anyone of any age can benefit from physical therapy if they encounter health problems, whether from a recent injury or a chronic condition.

What happens during physical therapy?

During your initial session at Open Water Medical, your therapist focuses on assessing your condition and learning more about your pain and how well your body is able to perform. Your active feedback is an important part of this process. You may be asked to go through a prescribed range of motions and perform various tasks.

Once your personalized treatment plan is created, you’ll begin focusing on stretches or exercises that can help you heal or achieve improved function. Your therapist might also incorporate manipulation therapy into your program.

This approach involves targeted manipulation of your muscles and joints to improve both pain and function. The process may feel similar to a massage, although varying levels of pressure are used according to your needs. Joint mobilization is also part of the process and involves the therapist manually moving your joints through a series of positions.

How long you need physical therapy depends on your specific health needs. Performing exercises your therapist recommends at home can help speed up recovery and get you to pain-free faster.

If you’d like to learn more about the role physical therapy can play in your health and wellness, book a visit at Open Water Medical today, online or by phone.