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Physical Therapy Asheville

physical therapy ashevilleAn experienced team of on-site Physical Therapists Offering:

Sport-specific rehab

Sports are positive and reinforcing at both the professional and recreational levels. However, each sport carries its own unique risk of injury. This is why we have an entire range of sport-specific rehabilitation and performance programs to help you no matter your game, skill-level or condition. 

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Laura Cleaver, P.T.
Physical Therapy

Laura Cleaver, P.T.

Laura is a licensed Physical Therapist in North Carolina and a member of the American Physical Therapy Assocation’s Orthopaedic Section. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in… Continue Reading

…Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002, followed by her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2006.

Laura’s passion for sports and orthopaedic led her to obtain a specialized certification in Sportsmetric training, a scientifically proven ACL prevention program for athletes. 

Prior to joining our team in 2008, Laura worked in subacute and geriatric rehabilitation. She also has clinical experience in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation at outpatient clinics in Morganton, NC and Billings, MT as well as acute care at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital.

In her time off, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys, playing soccer, watching live music, hiking and running.


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Our structured preoperative program is designed by physical therapists to help you after surgery so that you can have a great outcome after surgery. The goals of the pre-operative program include:

  • Mentally prepare for surgery
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Restore range of motion
  • Improve muscular control of the injured joint
  • Normalizing moving patterns prior to your surgery
  • Improved overall well-being and fitness
  • Gain a good understanding of the exercises you will perform immediately after surgery

Isokinetic testing

Isokinetic exercise is a controlled form of exercise used by physical therapists. Isokinetic testing uses a highly technical robotic dynamometer. It is used for testing neuromuscular strength. The results of these tests provide patients with an effective return to function by comparing the injured muscle to the uninvolved extremity.

Balance and gait training

Physical therapy helps you regain your balance and improve your walking skills. Balance and gait are linked together because they impact one another. Gait and balance training have many benefits with the most important being avoiding injuries.

Before beginning balance and gait training, your gait will be evaluated so that we can target the problem with posture or strength. Hip and ankle weakness often leads to poor balance and so does having bad posture.

Work evaluations

Individuals that are preparing to go back to work after a substantial injury may have concerns about their abilities and readiness to return to work. We provide work performance evaluations where our physical therapists evaluated each client’s dynamic strength, ability to get into and work in different positions, mobility, balance, endurance, and dexterity.

Functional capacity evaluations

A functional capacity evaluation evaluates an individual’s ability to perform work activities related to their employment. This process compares your health status and body functions to the demands of the job environment. Individuals who should consider functional capacity evaluations include someone who has been injured on the job to determine their ability to return to the job or alternate work, someone applying for Social Security disability benefits, someone seeking to return to work after an injury or someone seeking vocational rehabilitation services.

The function of the functional capacity evaluation varies based on the purpose of the assessment. They typically begin with a client interview, medical record review, and musculoskeletal screening.

Fit for duty testing

Fit for duty means that an individual is in the physical, mental, and emotional state which enables the employee to work. Fit for duty tests is sometimes required by employers to make sure that an employee is able to perform a specific job. They are also a good way to avoid workers compensation claims by identifying an at-risk employee prior to placement. Essentially, the goal of this fitness exam is to determine if the worker is up to the physical demands of the position.

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Charles J. DePaolo, M.D.

About Charles J. DePaolo, M.D.

Dr. DePaolo has practiced medicine in Asheville for over 20 years and specializes in Sports Medicine, Joint Reconstructive Surgery, and Shoulder, Hip, and Knee Surgery. He is speciality certified in Sports Medicine “Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine”.

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