Over the last 10 to 15 years, physical therapists have focused more on using evidence-based physical therapy to determine what works best for each individual patient.
What does Evidence-Based mean?
This involves basing treatments on procedures that have “proven” effectiveness as published in scientific literature (like PubMed). This is in contrast to depending on just anecdotal, subjective observations made in the clinic. While seeking out credible research can be difficult and time consuming, the Internet has greatly increased the ease with which we can access the latest research. In fact, health care providers can now access and rapidly sort relevant publications based on our patients’ needs.
Furthermore, just because a program works for one patient, it may not be effective for another. That’s why we combine each patient’s particular circumstance with our clinical expertise and, using the latest research evidence, identify an approach that provides the most benefit for that particular patient.
For instance, if you have injured a joint, such as a shoulder or a knee, we may ask a number of medical history questions to identify the specifics of your injury. In addition, we will ask questions about how your injury affects your daily activities.
For example. what are you able to do and what can’t you do? We are especially concerned with your unique personal goals. After all, you are the patient and we want to satisfy YOUR individual needs.
We will combine the answers to these questions with findings from research and from our own clinical evaluation and experience. We then use all of this information to design a unique, evidence based program that will deliver the best results for you.
Following this in-depth evaluation, we combine and utilize different techniques for each patient:
- Soft tissue and joint mobilization (manual therapy)
- Therapeutic exercises
- Dry Needling (learn more)
- Other modalities as indicated
- Aquatic Therapy (select locations)
- Home exercise programs
Whether this is your first time seeking Physical Therapy, or you’ve had the chance of working with our team in the past, we’ve got you covered! Our therapists combine your personal preferences with the latest research to create a plan that is entirely unique to you and your needs.
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