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Why is a Physical Therapist a Doctor?

By:    Josh Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, CPED Josh or Dr. Bailey? Both are correct. At Rehab Associates, we like to build personal relationships with our patients, so many call us by our first names, but since 2016, in order to be licensed, a physical therapist must earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from […]

Joint Pain

As the holiday season approaches, the sights, scents, and joyful chatter signal the onset of festivities. But for some, severe joint pain dampens the anticipation, turning even simple holiday activities into daunting tasks. It’s a pervasive issue that impacts the quality of our holiday experiences, making what should be a joyful season uncomfortable. But don’t […]

Prevent Low Back Pain while Shoveling Snow

As I was shoveling the snow off my driveway this week, I quickly realized that I needed to adjust my technique or I was going to pay for it later. Injury can result from repetitive movements with a general lack of awareness and variability in movement and may be prevented with some easy steps. First, […]

Dive Into Aquatic Therapy at our Clifton Street Practice

Dive Into Aquatic Therapy at our Clifton Street Practice Our aquatic therapy program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water that provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, faster progress, and increasing mobility with each completed exercise. Aquatic therapy can benefit patients with the following conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis Fibromyalgia Back Pain Knee and Ankle Injuries […]

More use of PT linked with less back pain in older adults

Back pain is prevalent and reduces quality of life in population Back pain is a prevalent condition in the entire population, as 80% of people will experience it at least once. It’s particularly common in older adults, and up to 33% of individuals over the age of 65 experience it regularly, which limits their abilities […]


Have you suffered a concussion in the past and are you having a hard time returning back to work or school? There are certain factors that may prolong your recovery. Prior concussion Female vs. Male Age History of ADHD/ADD Neurological diagnosis Psychiatric diagnosis Prolonged loss of consciousness Vestibular diagnosis It is expected that most people […]

Aquatic Exercise

We all know that exercise is important to maintaining and improving health, but what happens when exercises in the gym are too painful due to joint discomfort and back pain? Are there alternative options?  The answer is : YES! Aquatic therapy can be very beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis and joint pain in […]

Attention Ladies:  What’s in Your Bag

Attention Ladies:  What’s in Your Bag Have you been dealing with pain in your neck, back or shoulder?  Well guess what!  It could possibly be that favorite accessory that most of us women love known as the PURSE.  Have you noticed that over the past few years those purses are being manufactured much larger than […]


Headaches Headaches are extremely variable in symptoms and will affect 99% of the population at some point. Do you suffer from frequent or intense headaches? If so, you should consider physical therapy with Rehab Associates of Central Virginia to alleviate your symptoms. Headaches can fall into many different categories and classifications but two of the […]

Younger patients continue to have impairments after ACL surgery

Increase in number of surgeries has led to increase in need for effective rehabilitation The number of injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in younger patients whose bodies have not yet fully matured seems to be rising. In some cases, these patients are treated with a surgical procedure called ACL reconstruction. With more young […]

Physical Therapy Assistant Job Opportunities

Rehab Associates of Central Virginia is seeking passionate Physical Therapy Assistants for our Bedford, VA, Amherst, VA, and Lynchburg, VA clinics. Rehab Associates was most recently named Advance Magazine’s National Physical Therapy Practice of the Year. We offer excellent benefits, generous continuing education opportunities, paid VPTA/APTA memberships, professional development and advancement opportunities for top candidates. […]

Hands-on physical therapy effective for common shoulder conditions

Only few studies have evaluated this treatment for these patients Shoulder problems are one of the more common issues that affect the musculoskeletal system, as its prevalence in the general population has been reported as high as 4.8%. The most common shoulder condition that causes pain is shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS), which often results from […]


Full-time Physical Therapy Technicians – Amherst, Forest & Rustburg Clinics Physical Therapy Technicians work directly with patients while assisting Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. Qualified candidates would be energetic, dependable and eager to help patients through their rehab process. A background in exercise science or health promotion is beneficial. Full-time RACV employees are eligible […]

More use of PT linked with less back pain in older adults

Back pain is prevalent and reduces quality of life in population Back pain is a prevalent condition in the entire population, as 80% of people will experience it at least once. It’s particularly common in older adults, and up to 33% of individuals over the age of 65 experience it regularly, which limits their abilities […]

Balance-training program leads to improvements with osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can have numerous negative effects and increase risk of falling Falls and resulting injuries are one of the most common causes of disability, reduced functioning, and lower quality of life in older adults. Unfortunately, as people age, the fear of falling usually increases as walking speed, balance, and physical function all tend to decrease. […]


IT IS SPRING TIME! Time for spring planting, garden tilling, and mulching and time for the gardener in all of us to get in gear. It is this time of year when I have many people come to me after hurting themselves because they become very active outside after not doing much in the winter […]

Impact Magazine Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

Impact Magazine March 3, 2015 Joshua Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS Joshua Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS CPED PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. Practice location: Rehab Associates of Central Virginia, Lynchburg, Virginia, and surrounding communities. Practice specifics: We have 11 clinics and a business center. The practice employs 110 people and has been in operation for […]

Industrial Rehabilitation

Just like an injured athlete needs rehabilitation to return to the field for their sport, the injured worker needs rehabilitation to return to their job. With industrial rehabilitation, it is important to not only address the impairments and pain the patient is experiencing but also to prepare the patient to return to work safely and […]

Heart Disease and Physical Therapy

Heart Disease and Physical Therapy The leading killer in America is heart disease claiming over 600,000 lives a year. Cardiovascular disease complications include renal insufficiency, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleeping disorders like obstructive and central apnea syndrome just to name a few. Other problems associated with heart disease include coronary artery disease, stroke, […]

Walking on Water

I have been asked many times “is working out in a pool good for you when you are getting over an injury?” My answer has always been yes! And if you do not believe me, there is now more research that supports aquatic rehab. Exercise in the pool can improve function, fitness, balance, coordination, flexibility […]

Body Mechanics to Prevent Back Injury

Lifting is often an inevitable part of most people’s day.  But do we all use the proper mechanics to avoid injury?  Likely, the answer is no.  There are many things that you can do to protect your back from injury, not just during lifting, but during other daily activities as well.  First and foremost, it […]

Prepare Yourself for the Slopes: 5 Great Gym Exercises to Boost Strength and Endurance

Ski season has arrived and you are excited and amped up about hitting the slopes at your favorite ski resort! The slopes are calling your name and they are ready for you! The real question is: are you ready for them? Even though you may be a regular at the local gym or health club, […]

PT Pub Night

Local Physical Therapy Professionals to host PT Pub Night™ in Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA — As part of a national movement to facilitate relationships that improve the physical therapy profession, physical therapy professionals in the Blue Ridge Region will gather during a local PT Pub Night™ event at Neighbors Place on January 19th2015 at 7:30 p.m. […]

Rehab firm experiences success with business model change

from News and Advance Sunday, December 21, 2014 By Amy Trent Joshua Bailey had always known that Mary Wallman, a certified vestibular specialist, was good. Now he has the numbers to prove it and the tools to market Wallman and the other therapists at Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia. Bailey, president and CEO of Rehabilitation […]

Holiday Troubles

It seems that when the holidays roll around many of my patients will tell me they did something to make their pain worse or did something to make another part of their body hurt because they had to get the decorations up. Now I am not suggesting being a Scrooge and not decorating for the […]

Honorable Mention for Advance Magazine Practice of the Year 2014

Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia, Lynchburg, Va. – Headquartered in Lynchburg, Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia (RACVA) has leveraged the mantra of going above and beyond to create a superior patient and clinician experience. “As we have expanded to 11 practices, that cover over 100 square miles, a common thread that binds us together is […]

Lower Extremity & Back Functional Screen

Onsite Shoe Selection and Fitting When: Tuesday November 18th 7PM Where: Rehab Associates of Central VA, Timberlake Practice 20311 B Timberlake Road (behind Hardees)   Rehab Associates of Central Virginia is pleased to provide a lower extremity and back functional screen for the area athletes.  Riverside Runners will be onsite to offer shoe recommendations based on the functional […]

Free High School Screens

Lower Extremity & Back Functional Screen Onsite Shoe Selection and Fitting   When: Tuesday November 18th 7PM Where: Rehab Associates of Central VA, Timberlake Practice 20311 B Timberlake Road (behind Hardees)   Rehab Associates of Central Virginia is pleased to provide a lower extremity and back functional screen for the area athletes.  Riverside Runners will be onsite to […]

Patient Appreciation at Rehab Associates

We are celebrating PATIENT APPRECIATIONS at all clinics this week to say “thank you” to our loyal patients.  We appreciation your dedication to your health and support of our business!

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

October is National Physical Therapy Month! We are offering 2 FREE SEMINARS! Mary Wallman, PT will present VERTIGO Thursday, October 16th John Wallman, PT will present KNEE PAIN AND INJURIES Thursday, October 30th Location: 44 Clifton Street, Lynchburg /Time: 5 – 7 PM call to make a reservation: 434.528-1848 Light Refreshments will be served

Back Pain

Are you struggling with recurrent lower back pain?  Statistics show that lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal diagnosis that is treated in the United States on a yearly basis.  An acute episode of lower back pain can be debilitating.  Having these symptoms return on a regular basis can be even more discouraging and […]

Can Physical Therapy save you money?

In Virginia, a person has the ability to seek physical therapy without a physician referral (Direct Access).  This means if you are having aches and pains, you can come to Rehab Associates without a referral from a physician and almost all insurances participate.  Early intervention is the key!  Waiting to get a referral for treatment […]

Swimming Injuries in the Triathlete

With triathlon season just around the corner, you may be gearing up to start those 5am workouts in the pool.  Before you dive right back into your swimming routine, you may want to consider if your stroke technique is up to par.  Swimming workouts vary from just a few laps a week by recreational swimmers, […]

Frozen Shoulder

I can’t reach behind my back or over my head anymore. My shoulder is “frozen”! Many people get diagnosed with “frozen shoulder”, but what does that mean?  The medical term for this condition is adhesive capsulitis. This problem develops over time, but many people do not realize it until their shoulder is so limited that […]

Q & A with the Running Specialists

Question and Answer with the Running Specialists Question: I hurt my foot while training for the 10 miler in Lynchburg, Va. I went to my doctor who told me to take some medicines before I run. I have seen a Physical Therapist who told me that electrical stimulation and massage was what I needed along […]


Morning pain and stiffness keeping you down? Do you struggle to get out of the bed in the morning because of arthritis pain and stiffness? Does a friend or significant other have to help you get out of a chair after sitting for prolonged periods of time? If so, you may be dealing with the […]

Origination Specialist

Origination Specialist MEET KARISSA MAYNARD: Hi, I am Karissa Maynard and I’m the Origination Specialists for Rehab Associates of Central Virginia. Please allow me to tell you how I can help you save time and money. My job with Rehab Associates is to: Save you valuable time by connecting you to any of our offices […]

Get Kevin Out of Jail!

Get Kevin Out of Jail! KEVIN COPE, PT IS BEING LOCKED UP!! Kevin is participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Associations annual fund drive. He will be “locked up” in jail on 11-6-13. Donations to the association will serve as his bail. Please consider a donation to the MDA. These kids need our help. Please help […]

Shoulder Seminar

Shoulder Seminar FREE SEMINAR- John Wallman, PT will present: Anatomy, Causes of Pathology or Injury, and Treatment Options for THE SHOULDER September 26th, 6-7 p.m. 44 Clifton Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501 call to make a reservation: 434.528-1848 Light Refreshments will be served.

Back Pain Seminar

Andy Tatom, PT, DPT, OCS of Rehab Associates of Central VA is hosting a free seminar on back pain Do You Suffer from Back Pain? Attend a free to the public Back Pain Seminar This free and open to the public event will include information on: • Back pain signs and symptoms • How physical therapy can […]

Now Accepting Optima Patients

Rehab Associates is now accepting patients with Optima Health Insurance starting Friday, February 1, 2013. Our Optima contract covers Optima patients living in the state of Virginia, except in the Virginia Beach area. You must have a doctor’s order. This insurance contract does not cover a Direct Access or Self Referral patient. Good news…it does […]

Best Bedside Manner Awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF OUR HEALTH MAGAZINE BEST BEDSIDE MANNER. Keep up the good work! We want to thank our loyal patients for selecting us in the Best in Bedside Manner Awards! It is a privilege to serve you and this wonderful community! The Winners are as follows: Tie for 1st place: Heather Brumfield, […]

Xceleration Fast Pitch Softball

Xceleration Fast Pitch Softball Rehab Associates – proud sponsor of Xceleration Fastpitch Softball. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are the guiding principles of Xceleration Fastpitch Softball. They are an organization comprised of dedicated coaches, players, and parents striving to have fun as we play softball on a competitive level. They promote the growth of our young […]

Physical Therapy for the New Year

It is a new year once again, and the time has come where many people start thinking of ways to better themselves and their lives. These resolutions act like a compass to help guide us into healthier lifestyles and help us live fuller, richer lives. It seems that exercise and health are frequent topics on […]

Weed Out Bad Yard Work Habits

The moderate fall temperatures have many of us still outside working on landscaping, gardening and general yard work projects. While you are caring for your yard – don’t forget to take care of yourself. You need to prepare for this type of work just as you would any other exercise routine. Whether you exercise every […]

Playing it safe

Go! Fight! Win! With the fall school sports season well underway, the last thing you want is for your child to experience an injury. But between organizing schedules and enjoying the excitement of the competition, it can be easy to lose sight of proper preparation techniques to prevent injuries. That’s why Rehab Associates of Central Virginia […]

New Feature — Community Photos

New Feature — Community Photos We now have a way for you to share your photos with us from events around the community. The Community Photos page is an easy way to send your event photos to us and we’ll upload them to our Facebook page. Check it out here and look for yourself on our […]

Run for your life

Running is great exercise for enhancing your health and overall well-being. Whether you plan to run in a big race, run for exercise, or just run for fun, following a few simple guidelines can help you stay ahead of the curve on injury prevention. Get a leg up on the competition Don’t skip your warm-up. […]

Don’t just sit there!

Many office workers sit at a desk day after day for eight or more hours. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can really put a strain on your body. Proper body positioning at your desk, standing up now and then and keeping your body moving throughout the day are vital to reducing muscle strain, circulation […]

Keep school from being a pain in the neck

New friends, new clothes, new teacher, new backpack, new aches and pains. Going back to school shouldn’t be a pain in the neck, but some students experience neck and shoulder pain due to improper backpack use. Help your child stay pain free with these tips: Wear it properly. While wearing a backpack with loose straps […]

Preventing injury is as easy as riding a bike

Cycling should be as easy as…well…riding a bike. Yet, without proper preparation it can be just as easy to injure yourself. Here are some tips to get the best out of your next bicycle ride: Pick out the bicycle best suited for your ride Are you interested in mountain biking? Recreational cycling? Bicycles are made […]

Rehab Associates welcomes our newest staff members

Chelsey Lester, BS, LPTA  Chelsey earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from Liberty University in 2009.  After graduating from LU, she worked as an aide for Rehab Associates in the Forest clinic, and then decided to pursue her Associates of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist […]

Back to Basics — Tips for Lifting Safely

If you need to lift an object, the last thing you want to do is use your back. Whether the object you need to lift is small or large, light or heavy, using proper lifting techniques is essential to preventing back injuries. 1. Think, think, think. Ask yourself if you need to lift the object […]

Don’t go off the deep end with shoulder pain

Some of the greatest swimmers in the world are getting ready to take the stage for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It’s an excellent time to remember that with competitive swimming, injury prevention is an important part of any swimmer’s workout – whether going for the gold or just going for a swim. The […]

Rehabbing our surgical knowledge

In April, Rehab Associates of Central Virginia had the opportunity to participate in a two-day in-house continuing education course on surgical approaches of the spine. Wait…why, you ask, do we want to study surgical procedures when our focus is on rehabilitation? Since we are part of our patients’ overall healing process, it is extremely helpful […]

Physical Therapy: After surgery. After an injury. Or after a long day on the job.

Whether you’ve had surgery, an injury—or whether you just come home from work with aches and pains— physical therapy from Rehab Associates can provide relief. Our doctors of physical therapy can provide caring, expert treatment tailored to your particular needs. Most patients don’t even need a referral, and treatment is covered by many insurance plans. […]

Rehab Associates welcomes Michael Richardson, PT, DPT, to our Forest office.

We welcome Mike to our Forest clinic. He has worked at our Appomattox clinic and is direct-access certified. Mike has special interests in general orthopedics, manual therapy, spine, and geriatrics. Call our Forest office today at 434-525-4851 to get direct access treatment close to home… at 1111 Corporate Park Drive, Suite B, Forest.

Rehab Associates’ Timberlake Office Welcomes Our Newest Therapist Joe Spagnolo, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

We welcome Joe Spagnolo to our Timberlake clinic, where he will focus on foot and ankle treatment. Joe has worked at our Forest clinic, and is direct-access certified. He has special interests in general orthopedics, sports medicine, footand ankle injuries, and manual therapy. Call our Timberlake office (434.237.6812) or any of our  locations to learn […]

Facial Pain Seminar

Facial Pain Seminar FREE SEMINAR! Andy Tatom, PT, DPT, OCS will present: Anatomy, Causes of Pathology or Injury, and Treatment Options for Facial Pain November 12th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 44 Clifton Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501 call to make a reservation: 434.528-1848 Light Refreshments will be served.

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