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Next Steps after Physical Therapy: Community Evidence-Based Programs

The following programs are offered at no or low cost throughout North Carolina. They have been researched and shown to improve health.

Living Healthy with Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs

For individuals who want to learn tools to manage symptoms of chronic health conditions. Different program topics in Chronic Disease, Diabetes, and Chronic Pain. Activities include weekly action plans, sharing experiences, learning information, and brainstorming solutions to problems.


  • Small group workshop
  • Led by 2 trained facilitators
  • Meets once a week for 2 ½ hours for a period of six weeks

A Matter of Balance

For individuals who want to improve balance, flexibility, and strength, and reduce their risk of falling. Activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, sharing practical solutions, and gentle exercises.


  • Small group workshop with gentle exercises
  • Led by trained coaches
  • Meets for eight sessions, each session lasts 2 hours

Walk With Ease Program

For individuals who have not been physically active and who would like to safely increase physical activity while reducing joint pain and stiffness. Activities include short information sessions, stretching exercises, and walking.


  • A walking program
  • Led by 1-2 trained leaders
  • Meets three times a week for 30-60 minutes for a period of six weeks

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

For individuals who want to improve mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation, and awareness. Activities focus on the Sun style of Tai Chi to address mild, moderate, or severe joint involvement and back pain.


  • Exercise program, seated or standing, focused on slow and controlled movement
  • Led by trained facilitators
  • Meets for one hour for 16-20 sessions