Our physical therapy team has years of experience in the following specialty areas:
- Orthopedics, sports and spine therapy.
- Adolescent care and rehabilitation.
- Vestibular/dizziness and post-concussion management.
- Pelvic floor disorders.
- Lymphedema management.
- Cancer rehabilitation.
- Arthritis, joint pain and total joint replacements.
- Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy.
- LSVT BIG® for Parkinson’s disease.
- Balance training and fall prevention.
- Aquatic pool therapy.
Adolescent Care & Rehabilitation
We have multiple physical therapists who have specialized training for treating adolescents, as well as occupational and speech therapists for additional rehabilitation needs. Our goal is to return your adolescent to play and learning.
Adolescent (middle school age through college) physical therapy may include treatment for:
- Orthopedics or spine injuries, including scoliosis.
- Sport-related injuries, with an emphasis on return to play.
- Post-concussion vestibular rehab, coordinated with our speech therapists. Special emphasis on return to learning.
- Gait assessments for patients in our speech therapy program for vocal cord dysfunction/paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM).
- Ergonomics and posture assessments.
- Aquatic therapy to complement any of the above care.
Aquatic Pool Therapy
Our aquatic physical therapy program is designed to help you establish an individualized pool exercise program in a group class setting. Patients are first evaluated in our clinic in a one-hour session to gather information about your health history and rehabilitation needs.
Pool sessions last 45 minutes and are held on Mondays and Fridays at 2:30 or 3:15 p.m.at the Bellevue Aquatic Center (601 143rd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007). Scheduling is done through Overlake Clinics – Rehabilitation Care (Outpatient).
- Be able to dress and undress themselves, or be assisted by a caregiver.
- Be continent.
- Have no open wounds.
- The building and therapy pool are wheelchair accessible. Handicapped parking is available at the front of the building.
- You may use the gendered locker rooms closest to the front desk. There are also family changing rooms next to the pool deck for those who need help changing and would like more privacy.
- Patients may use the ramp or the stairs with handrails to enter the pool.
- Therapy pool temperature ranges from 90°F–92°F.
- The depth of the pool ranges from 2 to 4 ½ feet deep, and has rails to hold on to on either side.
What to bring
- Dry clothing to change into after class.
- A lock to secure your personal items if you intend to use a locker. You may also bring a bag out to the pool deck, if you prefer.
- Assistive device, if used regularly to walk safely on a pool deck.
Lymphedema is a disorder in which the lymphatic system does not move protein-rich fluid called lymph through the body properly. This can result in swelling and/or increased limb size. Lymphedema therapy by a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) can help reduce risk of pain, decreased mobility and infection risk associated with this condition.
Who can benefit:
- Diagnosis of primary lymphedema.
- Diagnosis of secondary lymphedema as result of cancer or cancer treatment.
- Post-operative swelling.
- Post-radiation complications following cancer treatment.
- Chronic venous insufficiency.
Treatment may include:
- Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) to evacuate lymphatic fluid.
- Compression therapy using bandaging and/or garments.
- Individualized home exercise program.
- Education on lymphedema risk reduction practices.
- Instruction on how to transition to independent lymphedema care.
LSVT BIG® & LVST LOUD® for Parkinson's Disease
Our LVST-certified speech, occupational and physical therapists and physical therapy assistants support patients with movement and communication disorders related to Parkinson's disease and other neuromotor diseases.
LVST BIG® patients learn to move with bigger movements through daily exercises and activities in order to perform daily tasks more safely and efficiently. Patients feel more confident in their movement.
LVST LOUD® patients learn to speak at an improved level of loudness through daily exercises and activities in order to be better understood in conversation. Patients report increased confidence as speech improves.
Orthopedics & Sports-Related Therapy
We provide comprehensive services for orthopedic and sport related injuries and dysfunctions for all ages, from adolescents to older adults. Whether you injured yourself playing your favorite sport, while on the job or working in your backyard, or just had that ache or pain gradually come on, we will create an individualized program to help get your back to your regular activities.
Our comprehensive rehabilitation program for sports and orthopedic conditions includes services for:
- Spine conditions or back pain.
- Injuries to the extremities.
- Joint instability.
- Tendon injuries.
- Growth-related injuries (Osgood-Schlatter Disease, Sever’s Disease).
- Stress fractures.
- Repetitive use injuries.
- Post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation care.
- Sports injuries.
- Movement and postural disorders.
- Motor vehicle accidents.
Our treatment interventions may include:
- Manual therapy
- Therapeutic exercise.
- Modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound).
- Functional strength and conditioning.
- Postural education.
- Body mechanics training.
- Core stabilization.
- Home exercise program instruction.
- Return to play/sport activities.
- Aquatic therapy.
Our rehabilitation specialists have expertise in current treatment approaches including, but not limited to:
- McKenzie Method.
- North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).
- Mulligan Concept.
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).
- Sahrmann Approach.
- McConnell and Kinesio taping.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Our pelvic floor therapists specialize in helping both women and men who are struggling with bowel, bladder and or sexual problems, as well as those suffering from pain in the pelvis, groin, abdomen, buttocks or genital regions. These therapists have additional education and experience in the external structures as well as the muscles, nerves and connective tissues that connect to the pelvis.
Pelvic floor therapists treat:
- Bladder dysfunction.
- Bowel dysfunction.
- Issues involving pregnancy and postpartum.
- Pelvic pain.
- Sexual dysfunction.
Pelvic floor treatments Include:
- Manual techniques including myofascial release.
- Connective tissue and/or scar tissue manipulation.
- Joint mobilization, sensory reeducation.
- Visceral fascial release.
- Neural mobilization, neuromuscular reeducation and training.
- Breath training.
- Relaxation techniques.
- Therapeutic exercises.
- Behavioral and self-management strategies.
- Postural and pressure management.
- Electrical stimulation.
- Patient education.
- Stress and urge and mixed urinary incontinence.
- Post-Prostatectomy incontinence – bladder and bowel.
- Urinary urgency/frequency, difficulty emptying.
- Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
- Fecal incontinence.
- Gas incontinence.
- Painful bowel movements
- Anal pain or burning.
- Hemorrhoids, fissures, chronic straining.
Pregnancy & postpartum
- Pelvic girdle pain/instability
- Bladder and bowel issues pre- and postpartum.
- Core and floor muscle training pre- and postpartum.
- Rectus diastasis postpartum (abdominal separation).
- Scar tissue treatment – perineal or C-section.
- Painful sex.
- Return to fitness workouts postpartum.
- Chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
- Pain with intercourse (dyspareunia).
- Painful bladder syndrome or interstitial cystitis.
- Pudendal neuralgia.
- Tailbone pain/coccydynia.
- Levator ani syndrome.
- Chronic prostatitis.
- Endometriosis pain.
- Hernia pain, including post-op.
- Groin pain.
- Abdominal pain.
- Perineal pain.
- Anal/rectal pain.
- Penile/testicular pain.
- Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD).
- Sacral/SIJ pain/pubic symphysis pain.
- Central sensitization of pain.
- Painful scars.
- Pelvic organ descent or prolapse (bladder, rectum, uterus, vaginal vault).
- Rectal prolapse.
- Pre-surgical pelvic floor training and strengthening.
- Post-surgical pelvic floor rehab.
- Pelvic floor safe exercise training.
- Pessary education.
- Pain or discomfort with sex.
- Difficulty with intercourse due to prolapse.
- Painful erections.
- Peyronie’s disease.
Vestibular, Balance & Post-Concussion Therapy
Vestibular physical therapists receive specialized, ongoing training to treat dizziness and balance issues, including post-concussion syndrome. We understand living with these conditions can be distressing, and we will develop an individualized treatment approach to help you feel better sooner. We coordinate and communicate with all specialists involved in your care.
Overlake provides treatment for:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
- Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis.
- Post-concussion symptoms.
- Imbalance or difficulty walking.
- Unilateral or bilateral vestibular weakness or loss.
- Vertigo related to migraines, headaches or neck problems.
- Acoustic neuroma resections.
- Neurological conditions.
Common symptoms of vestibular disorders
- Unsteadiness, imbalance or falls.
- Neck pain.
- Sensitivity to noise and lights.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty reading.