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Physical Therapy Near Decatur and Hartselle, Alabama

At DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the clinical team offers individualized, patient-centered physical therapy with a focus on helping patients get back to doing the things they love. Serving patients in Decatur and Hartselle, Alabama, since 2005, all clinicians are residents of Morgan County and active members of the community. DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine’s physical therapists are in constant communication with the physician team, ensuring a seamless experience for patients throughout their treatment.

Patient Services

At DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, patients can receive pre-operative, post-operative, and non-operative rehabilitation care. Physical therapists help patients build and regain muscle strength, improve their flexibility, and increase their range of motion. Professional physical therapy services include:

  • Care plans: Clinicians work with patients one-on-one to develop an individualized and customized plan of care.
  • Pre- and post-operative rehabilitation: Physical therapy can help a patient prepare for or recover from a surgical procedure.
  • Manual therapies: The physical therapy team uses hands-on techniques to manipulate muscles and joints to decrease pain and improve a patient’s range of motion.
  • Non-operative and post-operative spine rehab: Patients with back injuries, spine pain, or chronic conditions like degenerative joint disease can benefit from this rehabilitation.
  • Pain management: Physical therapists utilize ice, heat, stretching, and other pain management techniques to assist patients.
  • Orthotics: Over-the-counter and custom-fit foot orthotics are available for patients requiring these services.

The physical therapy clinic works directly with DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine physicians to coordinate patient care.

Meet the Physical Therapy Team

DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is staffed by experienced physical therapists with a commitment to patient care. The team includes:

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Patrick Swinea, P.T.

Originally from Florence, Alabama, Patrick Swinea graduated from the University of South Alabama and has practiced physical therapy for over 25 years. Since 2005, Patrick has served as the Clinic Director for DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. His areas of expertise include post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation and custom foot orthotic fittings.

Patrick, his wife, and their two daughters have lived in Decatur, AL, for more than 20 years. He is a member of Beltline Church of Christ, where he serves as a deacon of Christian Services Missions and has participated in over 20 overseas medical mission trips.

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Nic James,PT,DPT,Cert DN

A graduate of the Auburn University & UAB where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Nic James has been practicing physical therapy since 2022. He joined the staff at DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 2023 and brings a varied background in general physical therapy, orthopedics, Dry Needling, and athletic and occupational injuries.

Nic grew up in Hartselle, AL, and graduated from Hartselle High School. Nic is proud to return home and reinvest in the community that helped raise him. In his spare time, Nic enjoys golfing, attending sporting events, and attending local trivia nights. 

Patients at DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine benefit from the latest advancements in physical therapy care. Patrick and Jeff further develop their expertise as clinicians through continuing education programs, in-service training, and independent study.

Choose DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for Physical Therapy

Whether athletes, weekend warriors, or just dealing with some aches and pains, patients should trust their physical therapy needs to DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Offering the best physical therapy in Decatur and Hartselle, AL, the clinical team is dedicated to helping each patient achieve their desired health outcomes. DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine has been serving the community for more than 50 years and is known for exceptional pain management and rehabilitation care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the office today.

DOC Rehab is located at

  • 1107 14th Ave SE
    Decatur, AL 35601

  • (256) 350-5707
    Fax (256) 355-4483

  • Open Monday – Friday | 8am – 5pm

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