Outpatient Physical Therapy

Helping you return to your optimum best!

Instead of quick fixes, we focus on long-term solutions through physical therapy. Memorial Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy Staff

If you or someone you love is experiencing pain or muscular issues that are keeping them from the activities that they enjoy, we can help. Make an appointment for a physical therapy evaluation at Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital. 

We offer:

  • Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Professional communication with your physician
  • Flexible appointments that fit your schedule
  • Convenient Parking ~ located adjacent to Memorial Hospital
  • Accepting  most major medical insurances and worker’s compensation

Patient Services

At Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy, we treat musculoskeletal injuries and offer proven, therapeutic treatments:

  • Treatment of Inflammation and Pain
  • Post operative management after Total Joint Replacement, ACL Reconstruction, Shoulder and other orthopedic surgeries
  • Treatment of Acute and Chronic back and neck pain, Sprains/Strains, Postural Correction, Childhood Obesity, Sports Injuries, Tendonitis/Bursitis/Arthritis
  • Graston Technique™

Injury Prevention Programs

Please ask us about injury prevention programs offered throughout the year and that can be specifically designed to meet your needs. We work with several local area teams and groups to prevent injuries and develop performance.

Vestibular Rehabiliation

Do you suffer from dizziness or vertigo? There are many causes for these disorienting and life-disrupting conditions, including migraines or Vitamin D deficiencies. Those suffering from these symptoms now have a local specialist to turn to for treatment, as Memorial Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy now offers treatment for those with Benign Paraoxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and other vestibulopathies.

Stephanie Pavao, PT, CSCS, AIB-VR recently has completed intense coursework at the American Institute of Balance in Largo, Florida, which is one of the largest multi-specialty centers in the country for the treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. During this training, she learned how to categorize the cause of dizziness and has learned techniques to improve it.

Benign (not life threatening) Paraoxysmal (sudden, brief spells) Positional (triggered by head positioning) Vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement) abbreviated to BPPV is the number one cause of vertigo and is more prevalent in those 50 years of age or older. BPPV often occurs without any apparent reason and typically lasts for seconds. This condition is caused by migration of otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) into the semicircular canals of the vestibular system located in the inner ear. When the otoconia migrate, it causes the body to feel like it is moving because the otoconia react to gravity and moves the fluid in the ear giving feedback to the brain that the body is moving. Typically, only one ear is affected, which testing can reveal and treatment can be decided upon to move the otoconia out of the semicircular canals to be deposited back into the utricle of the ear (which disposes of them). Typically, BPPV will be 98% better in 3 treatments.

There is a greater incidence of BPPV in women verses men. Vitamin D deficiencies are found to have increased prevalence of BPPV. People who suffer from migraines often show vestibular symptoms as an aura.

As a result of specific treatment interventions, patients have had good resolution of their symptoms and have been able to return to their normal lives with minimal or without the sensation of dizziness.

Please contact your provider for a referral to Memorial Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy (603-733-5921) for treatment.


Staff

Stephanie Pavao, Physical Therapist

Stephanie is a graduate of Northeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience in patient care, with her primary passion being outpatient orthopedics and general wellness. She has done course work at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital for ACL injury screening/prevention and New York Hospital for Special Surgery on recent surgical procedures/rehabilitation updates, to name just two.

Stephanie is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She is also certified to teach Pilates mat exercises. She believes that a team approach is essential in getting the best patient outcomes and enjoys interacting with her patients to help them achieve their goals. She relocated to the Mount Washington Valley from Martha's Vineyard and enjoys the lakes and mountains as well as the retail offerings.

Jaclyn MacDonald, Physical Therapist

Jaclyn graduated from Husson University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2019. Throughout her education experience, Jaclyn developed a passion for outpatient physical therapy, and treating patients across the lifespan. Jaclyn believes in a team-based approach and evidence-based practice to help patients achieve their therapy goals.

She relocated from Old Orchard Beach, Maine to join our team at Memorial Hospital. Jaclyn is a former collegiate pole-vaulter, and spends her time enjoying the mountains, rivers and lakes.

Post Physical Therapy Program

Exercise is an important piece of a balanced, healthy lifestyle at every age and activity level. To help our patients maintain this lifestyle, our PostPT program allows patients to continue an exercise program once discharged from physical therapy. An in-house, personalized exercise regimen designed by a Personal Exercise Specialist from where you left off with your Physical Therapist; tailored to meet your specific fitness goals and medical needs. Post-physical therapy exercise provides fitness services for patients who have completed physical therapy and are referred by their therapist to continue their plan of care.

The goals of post-therapy exercise:

  • Continue recovery through carefully developed, customized personal training
  • Bridge the gap between health care and fitness
  • Allow clients in the post-rehab stages of their recovery to achieve physical fitness

Don’t let your rehabilitation journey stop and risk going backward in your progress. Call 603-356-5461, ext. 2187 or go online to purchase your PostPT bundle to get started http://bit.ly/MemorialPostPT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is physical therapy?

Physical Therapists are specially trained in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect a person's ability to move and function efficiently in his/her daily life. A Physical Therapist can help reduce pain & restore function for patients with injuries, as well as provide preventative programs & promote general health and fitness.

Q. How long are the appointments?

The first appointment is approximately one hour. After that, they can range anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how you feel.

Q: What health insurance do you accept?

We accept most major insurances. Please call us and we'll gladly check with your insurance company.

Q. What can I expect on my first visit?

The therapist will ask you about the history of your injury. Depending on your injury, we may take measurements, and depending on your pain level, we may even start treatment on your first visit.

Q. What should I wear?

Something comfortable, loose, easily movable for us to be able to get to the area in pain. For Example: if you are coming in for knee pain, please bring or wear shorts, or baggy pants that can be pulled up over the knee.

Q: How long should I expect to have PT?

We believe that each person has unique needs. All patients are carefully evaluated and then are recommended an appropriate treatment plan. At the time of your evaluation, we will be better able to determine an effective timeframe for your treatment.

Q: What is my responsibility when undergoing Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy requires the co-participation of the therapist and patient. It is vital that the patient keep their appointments. For a condition to improve, a patient needs to come to therapy and follow through with their home exercise program as the home exercise program will help to speed recovery.

Book an Appointment Today

Call 603-733-5921. Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital is on the Memorial Hospital Campus just north of the main hospital building on Route 16. It has its own convenient parking lot and is accessible from the road or from the hospital access road.