Specialists Physical Therapy Team

Specialists Physical Therapy Team

Specialists Physical Therapy Clinic offers a customized approach to physical therapy before, during or after surgery. Our desire is to not only get you physically prepared for your surgery once you are scheduled, but to also get you back to a higher level of functional physical activity after you are discharged.  The Specialists Physical Therapy team has the unique ability to work hand-in-hand with your Specialists surgeon to coordinate the optimum pre-surgery and post-surgery recovery plan based on your specific goals, lifestyle, and your surgeon’s recommendations.

Working in tandem with outpatient Physical Therapy, our inpatient Physical Therapy team will meet with you twice a day while you are a patient at Specialists Hospital Shreveport. Inpatient Physical Therapy’s goal is to get you up, moving, and physically capable to return home directly following your surgery. They will help you with guided exercises, stretches, and mobility recommendations to make your homecoming less stressful.

Specialists Physical Therapy offers treatment plans for:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Concussion Management
  • Dry Needling
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • General Orthopedics
  • Graston Technique
  • Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Leg and Knee Pain
  • Lymphedema
  • Manual Therapy
  • Pre and Post-Operative Care
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spine Rehab
  • Sports Injuries
  • Total Joint Rehab
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Balance Training
  • Wellness Programs
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Footmaxx Custom Orthodics

For more information call 318.213.3810
Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m
Pool Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

What is Specialists Physical Therapy?

Specialists Physical Therapy is part of Specialists Hospital Shreveport and offers both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy to Specialists Patients and any/all patients seeking physical therapy.  Physical Therapy is a key component to any patient recovering from an injury and/or preparing or rehabbing following a surgery.

 What is Specialists Inpatient Physical Therapy?

Specialists Inpatient Physical Therapy works with our patients during their stay in the hospital following surgery.  The inpatient team will work with the Specialists Nursing Team and your Specialists Surgeon to assist you in a healthy recovery and prepare you for discharge from the hospital.  As an orthopedic and spine hospital, the inpatient physical therapy team is a critical part to assisting patients with their post operative exercises while insuring utilization of the proper body mechanics and techniques to expedite a healthy recovery at home.

What is Specialists Outpatient Physical Therapy?

The Specialists Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic encompasses over 14,000 square feet, including a therapy/lap pool.   This state of the art clinic is available to Specialists patients and to any individual seeking a customized and unique treatment plan.  Specialists Physical Therapy Director, Dale McPhearson, says “This is not a cookie cutter approach to physical therapy… we really look at the goals and challenges faced by our patients and create treatment plan that will see them through their recovery and for many years to come.”  McPhearson goes on to say, “A lot of the time, it’s about introducing the patient to to the proper body mechanics and teaching them a new healthier approach.”

Do you have to have a prescription for physical therapy?

No.  Louisiana is a Direct Access State, meaning that a patient may seek physical for up to 30 days without a medical referral or previous medical diagnosis.  After that 30 days, if the patient wishes to continue treatment /physical therapy, the patient must seek a medical referral and proper medical diagnosis from a physician to continue treatment/physical therapy.

Does Specialists Physical Therapy offer dry needling?

Yes. Dry needling is a technique performed by trained physical therapists to treat pain triggered by muscular irritation.  The technique utilizes “dry” needles that are inserted into the muscles and tissues designated as “trigger” points to relieve myofascial pain.  Dry needling has proved particularly helpful to those suffering from neck, back and joint pain and has been utilized by long distance runners for years before and after races.

What are the most common treatment plans utilized at Specialists Physical Therapy?

The most common complaint is neck and back pain.  According to McPhearson, one of the biggest obstacles is overcoming bad habits and practice.  “Many patients have just become accustomed to moving a certain way and that movement has caused unnecessary strain on their spine and other joints… introducing patients to proper body mechanics and and movement is essential to a healthy recovery and life.”

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Physical Therapy Team

Dale McPhearson, DPT, MTC

Dale McPhearson, DPT, MTC

Director of Specialists Physical Therapy

Certifications:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Manual Therapy Certification

Education:

  • University of St. Augustine

How long have you worked at Specialists Physical Therapy?

“I have been here for 8 years.”

What do you enjoy the most about being a Physical Therapist?

“What I love to see is people getting better.  That’s the great thing about my job.  I have the ability to help restore a portion of someone’s life that may have been taken from them due to injury or illness.  Being able to help these patients return to a higher level of functioning is what I enjoy.”

Rachel Spivey, DPT, MTC, OCS

Rachel Spivey, DPT, MTC, OCS

Physical Therapist

Certifications

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Manual Therapy Certification
  • Orthopedic-Certified Clinical Specialist

Education

  • University of St. Augustine
  • Louisiana State University

How long have you worked at Specialists Physical Therapy?

“I joined Specialists in 2016 when I decided to move back home to Shreveport in order to be closer to family. Before that, I lived and worked in the Savannah, GA area and then Houston, TX for a total of about 10 years.”

What do you enjoy the most about being a Physical Therapist?  

“I love the world of outpatient orthopedics, from young athletes to older adults. I love helping people get back to doing the things that they love the most.”

Samantha Reddinger, PT

Samantha Reddinger, PT

Physical Therapist

Certifications

  • Masters in Physical Therapy

Education

  • Louisiana State University Health Science Center – Shreveport

How long have you worked at Specialists Physical Therapy?

“I’ve been at Specialists in Acute Care since 2012.  I’ve been a PT since 2001.”

What do you enjoy the most about being a Physical Therapist?  

“I do total contact casts for ankle/foot instability or chronic wounds that won’t heal.  These are my favorites because I spend so much one-on-one time with the patients, and I can see the benefits of the therapy I provide.  This is actually a specialty service I am lucky to have knowledge of and it is different than my job duties in acute care.  On the acute care side, I really like working with hip replacements and knee replacements the most because these patients understand the importance of mobility and exercise in feeling better after surgery.”

Kelly Daniels, PT

Kelly Daniels, PT

Physical Therapist

Certifications

  • Graston Technique
  • Level 1 & 2 certification in Functional Dry Needling

Education

  • Louisiana State University Health Science Center – Shreveport

How long have you worked at Specialists Physical Therapy?

“I have worked at Specialists Physical Therapy since 2014.”

What do you enjoy the most about being a Physical Therapist?  

“I enjoy working with the athletic population and treating shoulder and knee injuries.”

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