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Physical Therapy

At Legacy Medical Centers, we fully understand and appreciate that each physical therapy case comes with its own unique challenges and complexities. That’s why we work closely with our patients in one-on-one settings to ensure that we devise and execute treatment plans that are individually tailored to your specific needs and that put you on the most efficient and effective path to recovery.

Our expert team of therapists, led by Dr. Joel Antonucci, leverage an extensive and diverse knowledge base to effectively treat and educate patients on the wide array of conditions that bring them to us. As a Legacy Medical Centers patient, you can rest easy knowing that you will be receiving unsurpassed care by a doctor of physical therapy, whether attending our McMurray, McCandless or Irwin locations. No matter what brings you in, whether it is a sports injury, neurological condition or accident-related injury, we have the tools and expertise at our disposal to properly treat your condition and ensure you are positioned to prevent further injury and future complications.

The Legacy Medical Centers approach is rooted in hands-on manual therapy techniques that allow our doctors to hone on the root causes of musculoskeletal and neurological discomfort and deficiencies while respecting the patient’s pain tolerances and sensitivities. This unique approach, coupled with our leading-edge tools and technology, helps Legacy Medical Centers stand out as best-in-breed, full-service physical therapy providers in the Pittsburgh area.

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Neurological Therapy

Neurological physical therapy is the practice of treating individuals suffering with mobility issues as a result of conditions affecting the nervous system. At Legacy Medical Centers, we have the tools and expertise to effectively treat a wide array of neurological conditions through physical therapy techniques.

Orthopedic Therapy

At Legacy Medical Centers, we are experts in orthopedic physical therapy and treating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. This includes issues associated with your joints, muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons.

Sports Medicine

Sports injury treatment and sports rehabilitation are among the most common cases we handle at Legacy Medical Centers. Through that experience, we have developed unparalleled knowledge and expertise to craft custom programs that get our patients back in the game and feeling great in as little time and discomfort as possible.

Our Techniques and Methodology

Some of the proven techniques and treatment methods that our physical therapy team offers include:

Joint Mobilization

The soft tissue surrounding the joints where two bones meet is naturally susceptible to injury and disease.

At Legacy Medical Centers, we employ a technique called joint mobilization that is designed to relieve the pain associated with those soft tissue issues, while releasing tension and improving joint flexibility. Through movement of targeted joints, joint mobilization helps to stretch soft tissue surrounding the bone, helping to increase ranges of motion and restore function to problem areas.

Movement Assisted Muscle Release

Movement assisted muscle release involves methods of relieving tissue tension through the removal of fibrosis and adhesions that can develop in the tissue from wear and tear over time. Benefits of muscle release techniques include restoration of unimpeded motion of all soft tissues, re-establishing of optimal soft tissue function and release of trapped nerves, vasculature and lymphatics.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release involves the application of gentle sustained pressure into Myofascial connective tissue – the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. The focused manual pressure and stretching used in Myofascial Release has been proven to help reduce pain and increase range of motion and is a popularly utilized mechanism to alleviate chronic lower back pain.

Muscle Scraping Therapy

One specialization of the Legacy Medical Centers physical therapy team is muscle scraping therapy, which involves the use of instruments with a specialized form of massage meant for gently scraping the skin. This technique is leveraged to identify areas of restriction and break up scar tissue in the patient in order to reduce restriction to surrounding muscle fascia, tendons and ligaments. This is one of several instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy methods employed at Legacy Medical Centers.

Kinesio Taping

The taping method is a rehabilitative technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process by supporting and stabilizing muscles and joints without restricting range of motion. Taping also provides extended soft tissue manipulation in order to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the actual therapy session.


At Legacy Medical Centers, we have several leading-edge modalities of treatments that help round out our top-tier service offerings. Among the noteworthy tools we use to administer treatment are:

  • Class IV Laser (Hot Laser Treatment)
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Vasonuematic Devices
  • Normatec Compression and Recovery

Request Physical Therapy Appointment

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