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

Photo of Rachel Blackwell, PT, MSR, CLT-LANA

Rachel Blackwell, PT, MSR, CLT-LANA

Physical Therapist

Rachel was born and raised in Summerville, SC. She received her Master of Science in rehabilitation from the MUSC in 2003, and joined the East Cooper Medical Center Outpatient Rehab team upon graduation. Rachel became a certified lymphedema therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2004. She received her Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification in 2012. Her physical therapy career has focused on general orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, and lymphedema.

Two loving and energetic children keep her and her husband busy with sporting activities and family fun.

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