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Fitness Forum - Annapolis, Maryland

At Fitness Forum of Aquacare – Annapolis, we provide highly skilled, one-on-one physical therapy. We believe in using a manual “hands-on” therapy approach which allows for individualized care. We offer both gym-based and aquatic physical therapy (off-site at the Country Inn with plenty of parking) right in your neighborhood.

Active-duty patients do not pay anything; family members of active duty are $36; and we take Tricare for Life. We can get you in quickly and take care of you with a personalized rehabilitation plan. We are proud to serve veterans!

We are one of the only locations in the area to offer Anodyne Light Therapy.

Now Offering Physical Therapist Assisted Stretching!

LSVT BIG Program for Parkinson’s

Leigh Hobson, DPT, and Amy Cyphers, PTA, are certified to provide LSVT BIG therapy for people with neurological illnesses.

This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease by using large amplitude based exercise for re-education of the sensorimotor system.  LSVT was developed in 1987 using larger movements to recalibrate the brain’s perception of movement size which reduces with Parkinson’s Disease.  LSVT BIG is the only evidenced based treatment protocol for Parkinson’s patients.

  • 16 one hour sessions, 4 days per week for 4 weeks with one on one instruction.  Programs are tailored to each person’s specific needs.  Homework to be completed daily.
  • All exercises are modelled by the therapist with patient then completing with therapist correcting form.
  • BIG walking is completed at each session in various settings to simulate community ambulation.  Focus is on arm swing, increasing endurance and safety.
  • Functional tasks are addressed at each session determined by the patient’s individual need.

As the brain begins to recalibrate the size of movement, the patient is better able to move with more “normal” movements.  Once the program is completed, the patient is provided an ongoing home exercise program.  With diligence, patients see an improvement in quality of movement.

Ongoing studies consistently show the positive effect of exercise on slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Lymphedema Management

We have resources to help you manage upper extremity, torso, lower body lymphedema. Learn more here and sign up for our e-newsletter dedicated to lymphedema warriors like you!

Lymphedema is the unusual buildup of lymphatic fluid in your body.

It can be hereditary (Primary Lymphedema) or it can occur after a surgical procedure, infection, radiation or other physical trauma (Secondary Lymphedema).

In breast cancer, for example, it can appear in the arm on the same side as the cancer, after lymph nodes are removed from the armpit region for cancer staging. It’s not limited to just the arms; it can also affect your legs and other body areas.

Symptoms of Lymphedema:

  • Your arm/leg has swelling but with time it keeps increasing
  • Your arm/leg starts to feel very heavy
  • The skin feels tight and sometimes has a tingly sensation
  • Skin feels thick and leathery
  • Clothes/jewelry feel tighter in fit in the affected area.

Treatments:

  1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  2. Compression bandaging
  3. Prescribe individualized exercise program
  4. Compression garments
  5. Provide education on nutrition and diet, skin and nail hygiene.

Learn more about Lymphedema Services Annapolis.

BBPV Tune-ups for Vertigo

A physical therapy BBPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) tune-up typically involves a series of exercises and maneuvers designed to reposition small crystals in the inner ear that may have become dislodged and are causing vertigo symptoms.

This may include maneuvers such as the Epley maneuver or Brandt-Daroff exercises, aimed at moving the crystals out of the sensitive areas of the inner ear.

These exercises are tailored to the individual’s specific needs and are supervised by a physical therapist to ensure correct execution and effectiveness in alleviating vertigo symptoms.

Learn More.

Meet Our Team

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Kate Dolinar, PT, DPT, Clinical Director

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Leigh Hobson, DPT

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Vincent Friedman DPT, PT, GC

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Amy Cyphers, PTA

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Geeta Nath, MS, OTR/L

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Katelyn Anderman, PTA

Patient Reviews

Dear Leigh: --and I am departing with great regret! I have spent many months with your group, all of whom I have grown to like and appreciate. What a tribe, knowledgeable and efficient, pleasant, fun, firm!, friendly—and wonderfully fit, a model to us all.   I will miss them—and you in particular, who sets the tone for the whole enterprise.  I will be remembering your kindness and persuasiveness as I face You Tube's relentless urgings-- not much of a substitute for Leigh Hobson. With many thanks to one and all. Nancy Zimmerman

Nancy Zimmerman

August 20, 2023

These therapists are absolutely the best in the business. The teamwork/camaraderie is awesome. They are definite "Muscle Whisperers"🤗!! You don't even have to tell them really where the discomfort is...THEY SEEM TO KNOW 😯!! Seriously a doctor recommended a hip replacement but I thought I was too young for that.....they will have you walking out feeling like a new person. I have only had the pleasure of Vince, Lisa, and Karen...AMAZING AT WHAT THEY DO!! Thank you all so much.

Traci Carter-Richardson

May 31, 2023

I went for lower back pain and a sprained knee, a total of about 12 weeks. The staff are fun and friendly everyone has their own flavor and style of therapy, so you'll be sure to meet someone you connect with. Leigh was my main provider and she took fantastic care of me. We also did a few video sessions because I couldn't make it in, and I still found it very helpful. The next time I need PT I will for sure go to Fitness Forum in Annapolis. -Joseph Angelo.

Joseph Angelo

March 20, 2023

Thanks Vincent and all the wonderful people at Fitness Forum.

Cheryl Russell

March 7, 2023

Therapists were very patient thorough with my mom's assessment. I am grateful for the time and attention given to my mom; only pray for continued services.

Dr Denise Beach Davis

February 17, 2023

I have been a patient at Aquacare's Fitness Forum since July 2022. I can’t say enough about the physical therapists, technicians, assistants, and personnel at the front desk. Several physical therapists have treated me both at the pool, and at the clinic, including Karen, Leigh, Vince, and two former physical therapists, Melissa and Michelle. All of them have been knowledgeable, attentive, caring, and outstanding in their field. They are treating me for osteoarthritis of my knee, and my treatment has been successful to the extent there are many days that I have no pain in my right knee. The technicians... Read more

Susan

February 8, 2023

My husband and I have been going to Fitness Forum for about 6 months now and really love all of the PT specialists. Everyone from the admin staff to the PT’s are very kind and accommodating to scheduling appts and meeting special needs. Best PT place we have ever used. Worth the 20 minute drive for us.

Lynn Parks

January 27, 2023

Thoughtful and patient treatment therapy for Parkinson's Disease. Staff are helpful and considerate. Leigh and Karen have been especially helpful.

Dale Helms

January 16, 2023

I spent a lifetime taking sport playing children to PT and then needed it myself. My insurance sent me to Fitness Forum and my mind was blown. All those previous experiences were far exceeded by everyone on Kate Dolinar's team, to include the office staff and other PT's and their respective folks. My treatment time was maximized by state of the art techniques, my plan was thorough, comprehensive and diverse never allowing boredom to set in. But what additionally makes this place so great is that EVERYONE not only has a great attitude, but is genuinely friendly and warm such... Read more

Susie Cooper

November 4, 2022

Best PT people I have ever had! They stay with you and make sure you do it right! Always pleasant and caring and know what they are doing! I tell everyone to go to Fitness Forum.

Carol Fordonski

October 14, 2022

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