Physical Therapy

Patients of Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center have the convenience of receiving their physical therapy in the same facility as their other orthopaedic care.  This helps to facilitate the coordination of care between the therapist and your physician.

Physical therapy appointments can be made by calling 252-757-2663.

Meet Our Physical Therapy Staff

Stacy Krainiak, DPT

Charles "Tom" T. White, Jr., LPT

Kirsten I. Stoakes, LPT-A

Custom Designed Recovery Programs

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At Orthopaedics East and Sports Medicine Center, we recognize the importance of post-surgical rehabilitation for enabling our patients to recover and safely return to their daily activities as soon as possible. Our licensed physical therapists use a variety of techniques and personalized exercise programs to optimize recovery. 

The Physical Therapy Department at Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center tailors recovery programs to meet specific needs. Our programs aid patients whether they are overcoming an isolated injury, recovering from surgery, or adjusting to life with a long-term disability (such as the loss of a limb). We can achieve this by providing our patients with reconditioning, strength training and living skills development. For sport-related injuries, we create recovery programs designed to return you to your sport at a level of performance equal to or higher than it was before your injury.

Range of Motion Recovery

Loss of full range of motion after an injury can be detrimental to everyday functional ability, [Shah 2008] and our physical therapists are trained in a variety of techniques to safely restore full range of motion after surgical procedures.

Scar Tissue and Pain Management

After undergoing surgery, patients develop scars at the incision site. Although this is normal, when scar tissue attaches to underlying structures such as tendons and fascia, it can restrict movement or even cause pain. Our physical therapists are trained in using scar massage, or scar mobilization, to prevent this type of complication, remodel scar tissue, reduce pain, and even minimize scar appearance. [CTCA]

Gait Training

Our physical therapists are skilled in gait training, a type of therapy that helps standing and walking through improvements in muscle and joint strength, balance, posture, endurance, and muscle memory. These also enhance recovery and prevent further injury from falls.  

Physical Therapy

We work with you to increase your ability to function, decrease pain and increase mobility. This may encompass a variety of methods, including specific exercises, manual therapy, heat treatment, ultrasound and more.

Additionally, our physical therapists are specialized in the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries in children, collegiate, and adult athletes with programs that are individualized to the skill level, age, and condition of the individual. 

Strength Training

Strength training, along with aerobic conditioning and stretching, is a vital component to successful fitness programs, and it helps improve balance and coordination and reduce the risk of injury. Our strength training can help patients learn how to maximize results while minimizing risk of injury. Orthopaedics East physical therapists are available to help any athlete develop a well-rounded fitness plan that includes strength training.

Health Education

Our physical therapists are dedicated to educating our patients in injury care, recovery, and prevention. To inquire about these services, please call 252-757-2663.

Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Classes

In addition to meeting the general educational needs of our patients, our physical therapists offer pre-operative counseling to help patients prepare for surgery and post-operative education on the steps to making a full and safe recovery. Health education programs are available to individuals, groups and organizations on a variety of topics. Contact our Physical Therapy Department to learn more about the Health Education topics available.

Quick Fact

Arms are among the most commonly broken bones, accounting for almost half of all adults’ broken bones.