Physical therapy (PT) is often used to help increase mobility and function after an injury, sports injury or disease. It plays an essential part in restoring your ability to resume your life and normal activities.

The physical therapists at East Cooper Medical Center can help guide you through every step of the process with patience and consideration so that you may return to maximum function and optimal health. They will tailor the needs and goals of each individual patient to ensure the best possible result.

Types of Conditions That Benefit from Physical Therapy Treatments

  • Pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint replacement
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema
  • Generalized weakness and deconditioning
  • Overuse injuries
  • Herniated disc protrusions
  • Neck and back pain

Meet Our Team

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Erika Walton, PT

Physical Therapist

Erika is originally from the Jersey Shore. She graduated with a BS in Biology from Monmouth University in NJ, where she also played softball. Erika earned her Master of Physical Therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. She has worked as a physical therapist in the outpatient setting for 16 years, locally in Charleston for 10 years.  Her primary interest is in treating orthopedic patients and using special interventions including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and trigger point dry needling.

Erika lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband Brian and 9 year old son Greyson. She enjoys being an active mentor with Tri It For Life Charleston, a group that introduces the sport of Triathlon to woman of all ages and activity levels. She enjoys biking, the beach, and watching SEC football. Go Dawgs!!

Physical Therapy Services

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a valuable intervention used in conjunction with a comprehensive therapeutic program. It is performed by a certified, skilled physical therapist for the treatment of muscular conditions that affect normal function. It can assist with decreasing pain, stiffness, and improving muscle performance.

Dry Needling is performed using a fine, flexible, and sterile needle. It is inserted into a pathologic muscle to release shortened bands of fiber, known as trigger points. It releases these bands by disrupting the overactive neurological input into those fibers. Most patients experience an immediate improvement in mobility. Most common diagnoses that benefit from Dry Needling intervention are as follows:

  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Stiff Neck
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • LBP/Sciatica
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis