General Physical Therapy
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a well known and respected profession specializing in the evaluation and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists have the rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the quality of their patients’ lives. They help to manage and prevent a wide range of conditions, including orthopedic and soft tissue injuries, sports injuries, fractures and dislocations.
Therapists work to make patients stronger, relieve their pain, and help them regain function so that they can resume activities of daily living such as walking, dressing or bathing. Physical Therapists strive to keep their patients healthy and safe. Therapists understand that recovery continues after the patient has completed direct care. Therefore, physical therapists teach their patients what they need to do at home to manage their condition so they continue to move forward.Life is not a spectator sport, it’s meant to be lived. If pain or limited movement is keeping you from living life to its fullest, physical therapy can help.
What We Offer
Evaluation – In-depth assessment of your condition by our Doctors of Physical Therapy, focusing on your medical history, the history of your current problem, and a thorough mechanical assessment of your body. We perform top-notch evaluations because we want to uncover ALL of the reasons you may have developed symptoms.
Manual Therapy – Hands-on techniques targeting your problem areas, including soft-tissue mobilization, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), post-isometric relaxation, neural mobilization and myofascial release designed to assist in the healing process and improve recovery.
Therapeutic Exercise – Customized exercises, prescribed by your therapist to address strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and other functional impairments that are uncovered during the evaluation.
Strength and Endurance Training – Carefully prescribed doses of exercise using body weight, manual resistance, free weights and other specialized strengthening equipment that help to improve your physical strength, endurance, performance and ability to avoid future injury.
Stretching – Hands-on muscle relaxation and lengthening techniques, targeting muscle groups that are in spasm, protecting sore joints or nerves, or are just short from years of disuse. The type of stretch and dose are carefully chosen by your therapist, and pictures with descriptions are given to help you work on them at home.
Neuromuscular Re-education – Verbal, manual, and device-assisted treatments, focusing on teaching and training correct muscle timing, activation, and coordination. This treatment strategy helps to make the most of the mobility and strength gains you get in therapy.
Gait Training – Expert movement assessment and re-training using state of the art technology, both for high-level running technique and for normal walking patterns. You take thousands of steps per day, so good mechanics really matter!
Cardiovascular Conditioning – Evidence based exercise prescription, focusing on your heart and lung health. Your overall health, wellness, life expectancy, and healing abilities are significantly influenced by how healthy your heart and lungs are, so we make this a priority. Our clinics are equipped with stair-climbers, treadmills, stationary bicycles, ellipticals, upper body ergometers, and other modes of cardiovascular training to help get you on track.
Education – You are the most important person in the rehab process. Your rate of improvement increases tremendously if you understand your condition, believe in the plan of care, know how to measure your success, and know what to expect along the way. We take pride in educating you about every aspect of your care, because we know how much it matters.
Equipment Prescription – You need the right tools to do the job well. A home exercise program that includes equipment like resistance bands, tape, braces, heat packs, cold packs, foam rollers, insoles, theracanes, balance boards, and stretch-out straps can mean the difference between momentary relief and sustained results!
Therapeutic Modalities – We consult the latest research to guide our use of therapeutic modalities. In the right conditions, your therapist will utilize Heat/Cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, phonophoresis, cervical traction, or lumbar traction to further improve your recovery.
Areas of Treatment
- Balance Deficits
- Poor Endurance
- Poor Flexibility
- Poor Posture
- Sprains and Strains
- Sports Injuries
- Work Injuries
- Post-Surgical Conditions
- Personal and Auto Injuries
- Nerve Injuries (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, etc.)
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Acute and Chronic Conditions
Locations and specialists are subject to change. Please call 540-687-8181 for the most current information.