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  • Only ten days into the New Year and resolutions continue to run rampant. Among the most common New Year’s resolutions: to get fit. For some this is an easy goal, the hardest part being sticking with it. For others, who may be suffering from an injury, a stroke or chronic back pain, “getting fit” may require some extra steps. Either way, the ultimate goal is to improve quality of life, which is exactly what the team of physical therapists at Sea Coast Physical Therapy, Inc. in Hampstead has in mind.
    Whether it’s your back, knee, shoulder or hip that ails you or your ability to function, physical therapy has a history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.
    Within the teal building attached to the front of Second Wind Fitness Center, the physical therapists at Sea Coast bring more than 25 years combined Orthopedic/ Sports Medicine and Manual Therapy experience to their therapy tables.
    “We treat everything,” said David Johnson, PT, DPT, CSCS. “From upper and lower extremity injuries, hands, hips, neck, back pain, gait/balance problems and stroke. We are the only provider in the area that offers pool therapy. We work to help patients to restore optimal function. Everyone has their own goals of what that is and we work with the patient to make specific goals they can achieve.”
    At Sea Coast, everyone begins with a personal evaluation.
    “Goals are tailored to meet your specific needs,” said Johnson. “We then choose from a broad range of treatment options including Manual Therapy (manipulation, mobilizations, myofascial release, strain/counterstrain, deep and superficial massage and the Mckenzie approach, just to name a few), modalities, therapuetic exercise and  pool therapy. To maximize recovery, patient follow-ups are hour-long, one-on-one care with the same therapist each visit."
    “We see between 20 to 30 patients a day and can get new patients on the road to recovery within 48 hours of a phone call,” added Johnson.
    Sea Coast accepts out of pocket payments and all insurances, including Medicare; and since North Carolina is a direct access state for physical therapy, a doctor’s referral is not required, but patients should be knowledgeable of their insurance requirements.
    Much like their patients, Sea Coast therapists have endured their fair share of major injuries. Johnson said his own laundry list of injuries and his love of exercise are what inspired him to practice physical therapy.
    “I’ve had lots of injuries and surgeries: three knee surgeries, two toe surgeries and two lower back surgeries — the first when I was 16 years old. Since I was so young, there are sure to be more in my future.”
    Johnson’s love for hiking and contact sports — 23 years of rugby and 28 years of martial arts — provided him ample opportunity to injure himself. That same love also gave him the motivation to study physical therapy to treat himself.
    Page 2 of 3 - “Exercise is the glue that holds you together,” said Johnson. “I do it with my family everyday.” 
    Johnson’s experiences led him to become a respected physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach. He was appointed head medical coordinator/ team physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach for USA Rugby for eight years, and USA Tae Kwon Do team for four years. He also served as adjunct strength coach for The University of Virginia’s football team.
    In 2000, Jude Padezanin PT, ATC, first opened Sea Coast Physical Therapy within Gold’s Gym at Porters Neck. Soon after Johnson joined Padezanin it became obvious that they needed more space. Johnson moved from the Porter’s Neck location to Second Wind Fitness in Hampstead where he set up Sea Coast in a tiny little room with one (therapy) table. Two and a half years later he brought in another table and Steven Daraskavich PT, DPT.
    “I got started in P.T. after going through it,” said Daraskavich, who has eight years of P.T. experience. “And after I got out of the Army it seemed like the right thing to do.”
    Erica Deller, PTA, who is entering her third year as a physical therapist assistant, recently joined Johnson and Daraskavich.
    “I was pre-dental hygiene,” said Deller. “I knew I wanted to be in the medical field and I liked this much better than digging into people’s mouths!”
    In four short years, Sea Coast P.T. went from having a small room with one table, to having a full wing at Second Wind Fitness Center — complete with four tables, two private rooms, full access to the gym and pool — and two physical therapists and a P.T. assistant, all of whom bear an uncanny knack to make patients who are in pain laugh. 
    Sea Coast Physical Therapy, Inc. is located in front of Second Wind Fitness Center, 98 Quarter Horse Lane in Hampstead. For more information, call 910.270.6488.
     
    Did you know:
    • Physical therapist-developed exercise programs can reduce athletes’ risk of injury by 41 percent. — American Journal of Sports Medicine, August 2008
    • That surgery is no more effective than physical therapy and medical management for osteoarthritis of the knee. — New England Journal of Medicine, September 2008
    • That one study found physical therapy helped patients with low back pain 92 percent. — Spine, July 2008That surgery is no more effective than physical therapy and medical management for osteoarthritis of the knee.
    New England Journal of Medicine, September 2008
    88%
    of physical therapy users say the care they received was beneficial to helping them return to normal activity, increasing their range of motion, and relieving their pain.
    APTA Consumer Survey, October 2007
    • 88 percent of physical therapy users say the care they received was beneficial to helping them return to normal activity, increasing their range of motion, and relieving their pain. — APTA Consumer Survey, October 2007
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