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At Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy, our number one priority is the patient. We strive to provide individualized treatment with hands-on, compassionate care in a friendly and encouraging environment. We do not rush our patients or our clinicians. Rather, we perform comprehensive evaluations and encourage patient input for treatment planning and goal setting.
Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality therapy through personalized care and education. We support creative and individualized intervention. Our personalized approach ensures patient comprehension and will enhance proper treatment progression to secure the best outcome for our patients. In order for full return to an active and healthy lifestyle, the patient must be involved and educated in the recovery process. Our proven manual treatment techniques combined with modern equipment yields optimal results.
HIGHLY TRAINED STAFF
personalized care & education
Our highly trained staff treats every patient as if he or she is a family member or personal friend. Our goal is to create an environment to help optimize your body’s ability to heal. Having prompt, appropriate treatment can contribute to a faster recovery, which means returning sooner to work, daily activities, hobbies and sports. We realize that as a consumer, you have a choice as to where you receive your rehabilitation care. We would be grateful for the opportunity to assist in your recovery.
DeKalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy is an active part of the community. We are members of the DeKalb County Chapter of the Police Athletic League as well as an active member on the advisory council for this organization. We are also Partners in Education for Arabia Mountain High School and Miller Grove High School.
- Evaluations within 24-48 hours
- Flexible Scheduling
- Personalized Care with Treatment Tailored for Each Patient
- Licensed Therapists
- Specialized Treatment Programs
- Friendly and Open Environment
- Convenient Location with Easy Access and Parking
Lea Ann Rumlin – Doctor of Physical Therapy & Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, Certified Dry Needling Practitioner
Lea Ann has been a practicing therapist since 1984 upon graduating from Wichita State University. She updated her degree to an entry level doctorate of physical therapy through Andrew Taylor Still University. She has worked in a large variety of settings including acute, sub-acute, nursing home, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient neurological, outpatient orthopedic, outpatient urgent care and occupational medicine physical therapy. Lea Ann opened DeKalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy in May 2006 to allow all individuals within her reach, quality physical therapy care with unsurpassed customer service. She is the physical therapist for Ballethnic Dance Company, attends many health fairs and provides free flexibility screenings for adults and children. She serves on the DeKalb County police athletic league advisory board, is a partner in education with Miller Grove High School and a clinical educator for Georgia State University physical therapy and Mercer University physical therapy. She has received extensive training for back and lower extremity dysfunctions, a certified kinesiotaping practitioner and is certified in dry needling. Lea Ann received a clinical care giver appreciation award in 2016 for her service and dedication to the community. Lea Ann believes in a full continuum of care, beginning with prevention, progressing to comprehensive treatment and return to full duty work, sport or activity.
Additional programs are available. Contact us for information on additional or specialty programs you may need.
- Neck & Head Aches
- Low Back/Spine Conditions
- Surgical Repairs/Reconstruction
- Manual Therapy
- Injury Assessment, Treatment, Education & Prevention
- Knee, Shoulder, Foot and Ankle Rehab
- Overhead Athlete (Throwing Injuries)
- Sports Performance Enhancement
- Endurance Training
- Work Rehabilitation
- Post-Offer Employment Testing
- Work Conditioning/Hardening
- Balance/Fall Prevention
- Cancer Related Fatigue Program
- Therapeutic Massage
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Developmental delay
- Cerebral palsy
- Sports injury
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Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.
We operate in a direct access state where, if your insurance plan authorizes self-referral to physical therapy, a physician referral is not necessary for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. Please check with your insurance though as many health insurance plans require a physician’s referral for therapy to be covered. We also offer treatments, services and/or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self-pay basis.
As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.
Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for a maximum recovery.
– Referral slip from your medical doctor
– Your medical insurance card
– Your ID
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.
Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.
We recommend comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.
Each visit will last 60 to 90 minutes on average. Visit times are based on your individual needs and your condition and may vary due to treatment and exercises being performed. As you reach your initial treatment goals, you will be progressed to new levels and your exercise program updated to maximize your function and prevent recurrence of symptoms.
The regularity of your visits will be determined after your initial evaluation; many patients have 3 visits each week scheduled. A treatment plan involving multiple visits during the week may be an intrusion of your schedule, however the benefits and life long gains will far out-weigh the interruptions.
“Everyone was very pleasant and friendly. I certainly felt at home. I will miss coming and enjoying the fun treatment in such a lively environment.”
“Hello, My name is Cheryl Brown and I am a three time breast cancer survivor who has received physical therapy several times during my recovery. My experience at Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy has been remarkable. I have had a lot of surgeries and lost a lot of my mobility due to illness and injury. I have been depressed, highly stressed and fatigued. Most of all, I was mentally trapped and in severe pain.
Dr. Lea Ann Rumlin and her staff at Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy have taken me to a better quality of life. The atmosphere at the center is so peaceful, unlike other centers I have been to. On my very first visit, I was in severe pain, uncomfortable and highly stressed out. I was very discouraged because I had been to another facility that did not help me nor did I feel like they cared. By the time I walked out of Dekalb Comprehensive, I was smiling again. I felt relaxed and was feeling less pain.
As a cancer survivor, I highly recommend any patient, whether undergoing cancer treatment of not, to consider physical therapy with Dekalb Comprehensive. You may ask, why? For many reasons. I have regained more confidence, learned exercises to help strengthen my muscles and to relieve tension. These exercises have given me a sense of physical control over my condition, while providing me with an outlet for stress and anxiety. The massages, heating and cold packs work wonders. So if you are choosing a facility, you should consider the following:
The Physical Therapist: Is she/he friendly? Understanding? Considerate? Passionate about their work? Knowledgeable about your condition? I found out that all the therapists and staff at Dekalb Comprehensive are all of these and above!
The Facility: Does the facility provide the quality of care you are seeking? Is it clean? Peaceful? In a great location? Yes! I have a feeling of being at home when I am here. I could close my eyes, fall asleep and wake up to peacefulness, only at Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy
I will always highly recommend and go and get all of my physical therapy from DeKalb Comprehensive; I hope you will join me!”
"Thanks for the music, stories and great patient care!"
“I have been to several physical therapy groups and individual physical therapists over the years for spinal issues. I would be able to complete the few exercises given to me form the other guys. I left therapy feeling why am I going to them. I became reliant on shots, pills, creams and bath soaks to reduce pain. I found myself back in therapy again and again.
Now I am going to Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy. I can see my body reshaped and muscles form. I am able to move better with less pain and discomfort as I put hard work in to achieve my goal of great health. They are teaching me how to walk and sit; the proper way of using muscle. They take the time to explain tasks, they ask how I’m doing with movements and they are showing me how to address all muscle strength. They test my progress and they take the time to teach me how to help myself. The staff listens and watches carefully with eagle eyes to ensure safety and progress. The office and therapists greet me with a smile each and every day. I want to take this time to THANK Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy for showing me a new way to function daily!
Yes I love the “baby steps” approach and I know they are the best physical therapists in the Metro Atlanta Georgia.”
“Everything about Dekalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy was great. The staff was outstanding, friendly and funny. Lots of great times. They had helped me with not only getting better, but were great listeners. I give all of them two thumbs up. Thanks again for being a great staff.”
“I have had several physical therapy experiences. This was really an exceptional staff from the front door to each therapist. They were professional, they push you gently, but firmly. I would definitely choose this office for my future care. Thanks so much.”
“Thank you for your help. I have improved greatly. You all showed me a few new exercises and I can see and feel the difference. I will continue working on the exercises that you gave me to do. This is the best therapy experience I’ve had. You all are very enthusiastic, love your jobs and care a lot for your patients. Thanks to all of you for all you do. Keep up the good work and your great attitudes.”
“You guys are great! Keep up the good work and teamwork!”
“The staff was very kind and made my day more exciting. I could be myself. Thank you Dekalb Physical Therapy.”
“Thank you all for being so kind, wonderful and professional. Please accept my sincere appreciation for all your hard work with me. Great Team.”
“I have been to some others, but I got the best results here. I would like to thank all the staff for their help and understanding.”
“You too,can manage and conquer your pain.
Steve Swimmer, here, 40 year Rev. Hosea Williams’ veteran front line troop, on the picket lines for justice. In fact, those who know me,know, I will protest wrong doing very loudly, always up front, and in no uncertain terms as justice demands. However, that is not the case here. Today, unusual as it may be,it is praise (rather than picket) I bring for Lithonia’s “DeKalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy.” Praise? Well, should you find yourself a Patient there, as I did, you will surely agree with me: This place most certainly works therapeutic wonders; perhaps even miracles, leaving no doubt in anybody’s mind,“DeKalb Comprehensive’s” Patient therapy successes are clearly praiseworthy. I know this to be true,because I am, along with many, many others, a “Successful Patient.”
This comes about upon taking a bad fall. Had the fall occurred 30 or 40 years ago, I probably would have simply walked it off. However, in my 70s such a fall is quite different; and, my back injury was not only really painful; but, also, madly debilitating. By now, I’ve had enough cortisone injected (and those shots are no joke) the Doctors don’t want to prescribe more; also, the considered operation is just too risky for my age,leaving me with medications like oxycodone and soma to help with the pain. Yet, medicated pain control is so life limiting and depressing (to say nothing of the damn constipation); its overall effectiveness is very questionable.
Asking my Doctor for a better way than pills, I was prescribed 9 weeks of physical therapy; and, was assured the Therapists with “DeKalb Comprehensive” are very well known for really good work. Reluctantly, complete with preconceived notions of how useless such silly therapy would be; but, left with no other choices (other than a life doped up on pain drugs), I hobbled over to the therapy clinic all bent over like an “L,” depressed and bloated by 8 pounds of additional fat. I gained the weight after the fall flopping around feeling sorry for myself, overcompensating my depression and pain with way too much, apply directly to thighs, fattening food. Thus, Initially I was anon-believer; but, as soon as I started to listen and do as instructed, I found measurably improved. Here, I quickly learned the Therapy Staff knows exactly what they are talking about; and, the knowledge they provided will help improve my well being from now on.
Today it is a little more than three weeks beyond my “DeKalb Comprehensive” graduation day. Happily, I regularly do the assigned therapy procedures for keeping up after-therapy. As a result, I can report good success with managing and conquering my back pain. And, as an added plus: the therapy has helped me take off the entire 8 pounds gained during my depressive state.
Still, without question, the therapy constituted plenty of hard work, therapy is not magic. Yet, and most importantly, I feel a lot better,I no longer use a cane (I wanted to dramatically toss it away, like on the Faith Healers’ shows: but, mine is hand-made and cost $80), I no longer walk like an “L,” and, since my therapy, I can stand tall with far less pain.
Early on, I was told the back injury from my fall can heal in about two years if I take care of myself. And, considering the improvement from my first appointment, my Doctor’s after-therapy evaluation gave the highest marks to my Therapists (over at DeKalb Comprehensive). Now, well on my way to better recovery and with my new-found therapeutic education, I am able to conquer the pain with good management. I am so very glad I decided to get my therapy from DeKalb Comprehensive Physical Therapy. And, I can, with complete confidence, give you my personal guarantee: you will be too.”
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