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We help people of all ages in the Lake Norman area quickly recover from their pain and injuries so they can get back to doing the things they love.

Without relying on Pain Medications, Injections or Unnecessary Surgery


Our Manual Physical Therapy Treatment Model

What most people think of when they hear the term “Physical Therapy” is very far from what you experience at Sterner Physical Therapy. You do not enter a gym-type setting with a lot of exercise machines and modalities like e-stim and ultrasound units. You enter a peaceful, inviting space with a few key components: Our treatment tables, our diagnostic skills, and our hands.

All of our patients are viewed and evaluated in a holistic way. Every part of the body is connected with all other areas, and you may be surprised by the implications of this when looking for the true underlying cause of your pain.


Though the causes of a person’s pain are often in the same part of the body it is experienced, quite often they lie elsewhere in the body.

For example, it is not uncommon to find the true source of a patient’s back pain in an ankle, knee, or hip that is not moving correctly. Maybe there was a previous injury or surgery that left the area weak or less mobile, and the change in movement resulted in injury-causing compensations elsewhere.


As all the contributing factors are discovered, Manual Therapy techniques are used to resolve the dysfunctions found. The majority of these techniques focus on the connective tissue called “Fascia,” which surrounds and infuses all the structures in the body. The Fascia very commonly undergoes changes/distortions that create a multitude of problems. Luckily, the Fascia can be manipulated back to its normal, or at least more normal arrangement, quite quickly.


Manipulation of joints, the cranial bones, and even the abdominal viscera (organs) may also be used to restore normal pain-free movement and function.


Though it may take some time to collect all relevant information, we feel that you should receive as much treatment as possible on the first visit. For this reason, treatment is generally mixed in with the evaluation so that you experience the effects of hands-on treatment in your first session.


Though movement and exercise are vital in all our patients’ plans of care, we do not agree with having patients pay to perform exercises in the clinic when they can be done as part of a home exercise program. Therefore, when exercises or stretches are needed, we give thorough instruction on how to perform them so you can do them on your own time. Our home programs often also include self-treatment techniques so you can continue mobilizing your tissues and joints between appointments.


At Sterner Physical Therapy, time is spent only on the components of treatment and rehabilitation that you could not replicate on your own.

Our goal with every patient is to quickly identify the true causes of your symptoms, and then apply highly effective Manual Therapy techniques to resolve your pain and get you back to doing the activities you want as soon as possible… without pain and limitations.


With the hands-on techniques we use, and the fact that each treatment is an hour of one-on-one care, the time it takes to resolve pain and injury is usually far less than at other clinics.


If our approach to treatment sounds like a good fit for you, give us a call.

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