We offer comprehensive care for:

  • All Major/Minor Injuries
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Pre/Post Surgical Care
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Customized Splinting

Every injury is unique. Every person's situation is different. But no matter if your goal is to get back on the playing field or recover from surgery, we have the experience and know-how to design the most effective rehabilitation program for you. Our staff of licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants all stay up-to-date on the latest therapy practices and techniques. So you can rest assured you're receiving the best care available.

Have you been wondering if therapy is right for you? To put it simply - therapy is for anyone suffering from pain or limitations in their function. Maybe your lower back hurts. Or the bottom of your feet always seems to bother you. Almost all injuries, no matter the cause - household, recreational, overuse - can be addressed through a physical therapy program. Here are some specific cases where a PT can be especially useful.

  • Post-operative patients who need to regain muscle strength and coordination.
  • Athletes who are recovering from injuries (as well as those trying to prevent injury).
  • Accident victims of car crashes, job-related mishaps, etc.
  • Employees who are returning to work after an injury.
  • People with arthritis who seek pain relief and increased joint motion.
  • Cancer patients who need to increase strength and function.
  • Pregnant women who develop back pain and other muscular or joint problems due to pregnancy.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is all about addressing specific rehabilitation needs. First, we identify the source of limitation or pain, while taking the time to educate you on the diagnosis, prognosis, and plan. Then we develop a customized treatment program where we can work together to restore as much of your function as possible.

  • Acute & Chronic Pain - We strives to minimize or eliminate pain through various techniques. Modalities include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, fluidotherapy, iontophoresis, biofeedback, and hot/cold pack treatments. Manual therapy consists of specialized massage techniques to stretch out connective tissue, muscle, joints, and myofascial planes.
  • Ankle & Foot Rehabilitation - Our therapists have had specialized training and continuing education courses in the management of foot pain to include: Plantar fasciatus, bunions, heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, arch pain, Morton's neuroma, tensynovitis, heel spurs, and compartment syndromes. Specialized joint mobilization techniques involving the small bones of the foot along with balance exercises, flexibility and strengthening help individuals suffering with foot pain. We also offer custom orthotics.
  • Balance/Vestibular Therapy - The staff at Rehab 1st has the ability to help those patients suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders. Various conditions include benign positional vertigo, unilateral weakness, Meniere's Disease, hypolabryinth conditions. A simple balance disorder and rehabilitation program includes canal repositioning. Balance training combines ocular neuromuscular and vestibular rehabilitation for the overall improvement of balance conditions. Specialized training also makes recommendations for changing the environment for people with balance disorders- During the aging process, flexibility and muscle weakness can occur, as can loss of balance. Each of these areas can be significantly improved through specific physical therapy techniques, thereby profoundly improving one's quality of life.
  • Sports Rehabilitation - Sports physical therapy is an area of emphasis at Rehab 1st. We offer services and expertise from pediatric to geriatric sports patients. Specialized training is used to get the athletes returning to play as soon as the healing process allows.
  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation- we are experts in post-surgery rehabilitation of the back, neck, hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist and are dedicated to helping patients heal faster and more completely. Our physical therapists work one-on-one with each patient to provide the most effective treatment program possible. We follow the treating physician's specific prescription and develop a comprehensive physical therapy program that is the key to working toward a full recovery and regaining complete range of motion. Our hands-on approach ensures that patients are completing their exercises, and that they are doing them correctly and effectively. We teach strengthening techniques to foster recovery, assess for muscle imbalances and compensation patterns, and educate patients about proper posture and body mechanics during everyday activities. We also develop personalized exercise programs that patients can utilize at home in order to help expedite the recovery process.

Occupational Therapy

We rely on our hands and arms for almost everything we do, and when we experience an injury or chronic condition that affects our ability to use those hands or upper extremities, we realize very quickly how key this part of our anatomy is to our daily routine. Rehab 1st offers hand and upper extremity rehabilitation to provide necessary treatment when injury or medical conditions result in pain or diminish functionality of the hands, fingers, wrist, forearm, elbow or upper arm.

Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema is swelling of a certain area of the body, most often an extremity. This condition may make the extremity feel "heavy", limit ambulation, or development of wounds may occur. The treatment consists of manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, fitting for a compression garment, therapy and thorough education. Following treatment, pain, swelling/edema are decreased, allowing each individual an improved quality of life. Lymphedema services now available at ALL Rehab 1st locations.

Hand Therapy

The occupational therapy staff at our office is trained to assist those who have suffered injuries of the hands. Treatments address various conditions including fractured bones, carpal tunnel, DeQuervain's disease and tendonitis as it occurs within the hand. Our staff is well equipped to assist with static as well as dynamic bracing for the hand to meet the client's need for pre and post surgical treatments. Our occupational therapist is a Certified Hand Therapist, who has received specialized hand training.


Massage Therapy

Specific to our Cumberland Clinic - Massage Therapy - Massage therapy can be a powerful addition to your healthcare regimen. People use massage therapy for a variety of health related purposes, from relaxation, muscle recovery, to pain management. At Rehab 1st, we have taken ultimate relaxation into consideration. Nestled in a private setting, The Massage Center at Rehab 1st is the perfect place for you to unwind. Relax. Replenish, Recharge.

Women's Health

Women's Health - Specific to our Cumberland Clinic, we have a specialized program that is geared to assist women with issues related to urinary incontinence and constipation. Surface EMG testing is performed to obtain motor activity of the pelvic floor. Treatment may include electrical stimulation, therapy, exercise, bladder and bowel logs and retraining. Women may also experience certain pelvic pain conditions related to vulvodunia interstitial cystitis prolapse and vaginismus. Treatment is geared to meet each individual patients needs to decrease pain symptoms and to improve their condition.

Pediatric Therapy

Pediatric Therapy - Specific to our Cumberland Clinic, our staff noticed a need in the area for quality pediatric therapy, and we made it happen! Rehab 1st is home to the areas only outpatient therapy clinic, offering physical and occupational therapy. We have a private pediatric therapy suite, specialized designed to enhance pediatric treatment. Our pediatric approach involves the whole family, making rehabilitation enjoyable for the child, while always keeping parents in the loop. We can treat any child from birth to 21 years of age with injuries and/or physical impairments that affect their everyday function and/or ability to keep up with peers, such as; Gross motor delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Scoliosis, Toe Walking, Torticollis, Muscular Dystrophy, Genetic abnormalities/ Chromosomal deletions, Clubfoot, Spina bifida, RND, Barth Syndrome, Muscle tightness, Chronic Pain, Lower back pain from injury or poor posture, Foot pain from poor biomechanics, Athletes who have pain or injury and need to return to high level athletic play, Sprains, Muscle strains, and Fractures.

Aquatic Therapy Specific to our Gaithersburg location, enjoy the benefits of Aquatic Therapy! Our aquatic rehabilitation program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water. Swimming is not a prerequisite skill. Patients can perform each exercise while standing in the water, holding onto the side of the pool or using a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence and increasing mobility with each completed exercise.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy:

  • Warm water facilitates muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation.
  • Viscosity of water provides resistance for strength training.
  • Warm water stimulates body awareness, balance, and trunk stability.
  • The reduction of gravitational forces in the pool allows the patient to stand and begin gait training and strengthening exercises without causing further damage to healing structures.
  • Warm water and buoyancy results in decreased pain sensitivity.
  • Improvement of patient morale and confidence can be established by providing a positive medium in which to function.

Aquatic Rehabilitation may be prescribed specifically for: Low back pain, Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities, Neurological and orthopedic injuries, Post-surgical debilitation, Muscle weakness secondary to chronic or acute injury or illness.