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A new facility in McDonough is now open to help people with their physical therapy needs. Hands of Hope Physical Therapy & Wellness, a company based in the northeastern United States, has partnered with Total Athlete Sports Complex on McDonough Parkway to open a dedicated sports rehabilitation facility, although other rehab services are available there as well.

“We see anybody who is in need or seeking service, from post-operation to pre-surgery strengthening, any type of pain and any range of people starting from children all the way to older adults,” says Shiv Patel, DPT.

Hands of Hope has 15 locations, but this is the first one outside the five boroughs of New York City. 

“Hands of Hope is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, and we believe that incorporating state-of-the-art technologies is an essential part of achieving that goal,” says company CEO Motaz Ebeido. “We invest in the latest equipment and software to ensure that our patients receive the most advanced and effective treatments available. We are passionate about helping our patients achieve their goals and restore their quality of life, and we believe that technology is a key component in making that happen.”

Patients need physical therapy for a variety of reasons, from sports injuries to car accidents, to getting in better shape before surgery, or to rehabilitate the body after an operation. Through the partnership with Total Athlete, there is assistance with conditioning and rehab to get athletes back into playing shape after on-field or off-field injuries.

Dr. Patel typically creates a care plan of 6-8 weeks, although it can be extended to a few months depending on the situation. A standard physical therapy session begins with a warm-up to get the blood flowing and some stretching to loosen tight muscles and prevent further injury. This is followed by corrective exercises that are constantly modified, so they are not too easy or too challenging.

“A big part of our practice involves manual therapy, which is anything that deals with joint mobilization, soft tissue massage – putting our hands on the area that is bothersome for patients to let them know we are trying to physically address what is going on,” explains Dr. Patel.

A number of technologically advanced features are available for patients to use including a virtual reality system which helps with coordination and balance problems, as well as analyzing and correcting walking patterns. Neufit technology uses electrical stimulation and heat therapy to reduce pain, improve muscle function and promote healing. Compression pants are available for athletes to help with muscle recovery and avoid fatigue and soreness.

The facility takes walk-in clients as well as those referred by a physician, and a number of insurance options are accepted.

Hands of Hope is the official rehabilitation partner of the NFL Alumni Academy.

Hands of Hope Physical Therapy & Wellness

360 McDonough Parkway

McDonough, GA 30253