The ability to live life to the fullest often depends on a physically sound body. So when life’s aches and pains – whether from aging, injury or overuse – prevent someone from reaching their potential, Mount Pleasant Physical Therapy can provide the treatment to help them get back on their feet again.
As director of the clinic, Kim Durst works to assess and treat a variety of problems, from sports injuries to coping with chronic pain.
“We see it all,” she said. “From kids to people 100 years old.”
The spacious facility, with an entire room of workout equipment, looks almost like a gym. A motivational phrase on the large chalkboard in the waiting area encourages patients and prospective patients: “Exercise can help people get better!”
Durst said the most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing people return to the lifestyle they want to enjoy.
“I believe in educating patients about their problems so they are empowered and can treat themselves,” she explained, pointing out that she is there to guide and teach but that it’s important for patients to be accountable and continue to enhance their own physical well-being. “I’ve found that the people in Mount Pleasant are so responsive and motivated to get better.”
Born in Charleston and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Durst earned her undergraduate degree at Furman University and attended the physical therapy masters program at the Medical University of South Carolina. She continues her role as the regional director for the Sports Plus Clinics in Summerville and North Charleston, Goose Creek Physical Therapy and the Balance Mobility & Dizziness Centers, all of which are part of the Clemson Sports Medicine and Rehab family of clinics.
Durst and her associates specialize in sports injury rehabilitation, comprehensive spine rehab, post-surgical rehab and chronic pain management. Mount Pleasant Physical therapy offers its successful Balance, Mobility & Dizziness Centers program, under the direction of Brooks Haygood Roberts. e program provides vestibular (inner ear disorder), neurological rehabilitation, balance and gait retraining. What makes this program unique is the Neurocom Balance Master, which uses cutting-edge technology to test and treat balance dysfunctions. e clinic also has three LSVT Parkinson’s-certified therapists on staff.
Mount Pleasant Physical erapy is expanding its staff and changing the name of its sister
clinic on Sullivan’s Island to @home Physical Therapy. Still located within Durst Family Medicine, it has added the @home program. Therapists will make home visits to see patients East of the Cooper who can’t make it to the outpatient facilities. Patients don’t have to be homebound to participate. They might have a transportation issue or be recovering from recent surgery.
Durst is glad to be serving the residents of Mount Pleasant and its environs.
“I have lived East of the Cooper since 1993 and am thrilled to finally be working here and growing this practice in my town,” she said.
Mount Pleasant Physical Therapy is located at 1909 Highway 17 North and at 306 Station 22½ St. on Sullivan’s Island. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-416-9026 or visit www.csmr.org.
By Pamela Brownstein