Our physical therapists have years of experience in these specialty areas:
- Orthopedics, sports and spine therapy.
- Adolescent physical therapy.
- 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.
- Wheelchair assessments.
Orthopedics, Sports and Spine Care
We provide comprehensive services for orthopedic and sport related injuries and dysfunctions for all ages from youth to elderly. 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.
You may need orthopedic rehabilitation services for:
- Sprains and strains.
- Joint dysfunctions.
- Sports injuries.
- Movement and postural disorders.
- Post-operative care.
- 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.
- Institute of Physical Art (IPA).
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).
- Sahrmann Approach.
- McConnell and Kinesio taping.
Adolescent Physical Therapy
We have multiple providers who have advanced skills and enjoy working with the adolescent population. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapy services for school-aged children through college aged young adults who may need additional support to “return to learn” and return to play. We use the following comprehensive, individualized treatment approaches for adolescent conditions:
Our physical and speech therapy teams have advanced training in concussion rehabilitation to support your adolescent patient in optimal return to activities. We treat symptoms such as balance issues, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, fatigue, concentration and/or memory difficulty, blurry vision, light sensitivity and other concussion related symptoms.
Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)/Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (PVFM)
Our speech therapists specialize in rehabilitation for adolescents who are experiencing asthma-like symptoms of VCD or PVFM, which may include shortness of breath, difficulty with inhalation, stridor/noisy breathing on inhalation, tightness in the throat and/or chest, and a sensation of the throat closing off.
Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy
We offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program for sports and orthopedic conditions including:
- 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
Vestibular, Balance and Post-Concussion Therapy
Our physical therapists specialize in vestibular therapy and are highly experienced with advanced and ongoing trained to treat many dizziness and balance issues, including post-concussion syndrome. Treatment approaches are individualized for each patient.
Overlake provides treatment for:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
- Vestibular Neuritis/Labrynthitis.
- Post-concussion symptoms.
- Imbalance or difficulty walking.
- Unilateral or bilateral vestibular weakness or loss.
- Vertigo related to migraines, headaches or neck problems.
- Acoustic Neuorma resections.
- Neurological conditions.
Common symptoms of vestibular disorders may include:
- Unsteadiness, imbalance or falls.
- Neck pain.
- Sensitivity to noise and lights.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty reading.
Pelvic Floor Disorders for Women and Men
Pelvic health physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts in the areas associated with the pelvis, including external structures as well as the muscles, nerves and connective tissues that connect to the pelvis. The 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.
Just like other physical therapists, our pelvic floor team are experts in movement and function and work in partnership with their patients to achieve their goals. What sets pelvic floor physical therapists apart is their in-depth understanding of the muscles and surrounding structures of the pelvic floor, because of specialized education and training beyond what is taught in traditional Physical Therapy curriculums. This extra education has prepared them to perform comprehensive internal as well as external examination and treatment techniques.
Specific Conditions Treated
- 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.
- Difficulty with stool evacuation (BMS).
- Painful bowel movements.
- Anal pain or burning.
- Hemorrhoids/fissures/chronic straining.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
- Pelvic girdle pain/instability
- Bladder and bowel issues pre- and post-partum.
- Core and floor muscle training pre- and post-partum.
- Rectus diastasis post-partum (abdominal separation).
- Scar tissue treatment — perineal or C-section.
- Painful sex.
- Return to fitness workouts post part-partum.
- Chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
- Pain with intercourse (dyspareunia).
- Painful bladder syndrome or interstitial cystitis.
- Pudendal neuralgia.
- Tailbone pain/coccydynia.
- Levator ani syndrome.
- Chronic prostatitis-nonbacterial.
- 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.
- Pressure management.
- Pessary education.
- Pain or discomfort with sex.
- Prolapse interference with sex.
- Penetration difficulties.
- Painful erections.
- Peyronie’s disease.
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.
Lymphedema is a disorder in which the lymphatic fluid does move the fluid 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 Might Benefit from Lymphedema Therapy
Referrals for Outpatient Lymphedema Therapy May Include:
- 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 (CVI).
Treatment for Lymphedema Can Include:
- Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) to evacuate lymphatic fluid.
- Compression therapy: Compression bandaging and/or compression garments.
- Individualized home exercise program.
- Education on lymphedema risk reduction practices.
- Instruction on how to transition to independent lymphedema care.
LSVT BIG® and 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.
What Do LVST BIG® Patients Learn?
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.
What Do LVST LOUD® Patients Learn?
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.
Aquatic Pool Therapy
Classes are held on Mondays and Fridays at the Bellevue Aquatic Center (601 143rd Ave, NE, Bellevue, WA 98007). Starting times are at 2:30 p.m and 3:15 p.m.
- Be able to dress and undress themselves, or be assisted by an attendant.
- Have no open wounds.
- Be continent.
Facility Details: Bellevue Aquatic Center
- 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.
- The "warm springs" therapy pool temperature ranges from 90°F - 92°F.
- The depth of the pool ranges from two feet to 4 - 6 inches and has rails to hold on to on either side.
- An individualized pool exercise program is established for each patient.
- Patients are gradually progressed toward independence with their exercise. It is expected that patients continue on with their pool exercise program on their own upon completion of their therapy.
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.