What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a healthcare discipline focused on the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Using a combination of active and passive treatment interventions, physical therapists help their patients recover from surgery or trauma, alleviate chronic pain, increase mobility and generally improve the quality of their day-to-day lives.

What are the benefits?

Patients of all ages and physical abilities can benefit from physical therapy. Even if you’re not currently experiencing any functional difficulties, a physical therapist can identify areas of imbalance or weakness that may lead to future issues and then develop a preventative program to correct those deficiencies. Annual physical therapy consultations and musculoskeletal wellness screenings are fast becoming recognized as a crucial component of preventative health care.

FAQ

Our Frequently Asked Questions give answers to the questions many of our new patients have before coming in for their first visit.

Will I benefit from physical therapy if I am young or only have a minor injury?

It all depends on how long the pain and immobility persists. If you are under the age of 30, and pain and immobility persist beyond one week, coming in for a comprehensive evaluation is in your best interest. Research has shown that if you get physical therapy within 14 days of the onset of pain, you save thousands of dollars in the future. Being smart about your pain and movement deficits pays off in the long run.

What are common symptoms and conditions that physical therapy can help with?

Physical therapy can help with a wide variety of symptoms and conditions including but not limited to: ankle and foot pain, arthritis and joint pain, athletic injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic pain, disc injuries, fall prevention and balance training, fibromyalgia, hand, wrist and elbow pain, headaches, hip and knee pain, low back and neck pain, mild stroke, nerve impingement, neurological rehab, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s, pediatric orthopedic problems, plantar fasciitis, post-surgical rehab, sciatica, shoulder pain, spine conditions, sprains or strains, stenosis, tendonitis, tennis or golfer’s elbow, TMJ and jaw pain, vertigo, vestibular therapy, women’s health, and worker’s compensation injuries.

Can I avoid taking opioids or other pain killers?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives for long-term pain management. Physical therapy is a safe alternative. Physical therapy treats pain through hands-on care, movement and education.

Can I avoid surgery if I do physical therapy?

Physical therapy, for some conditions, has been found to be as effective as surgery. Consider physical therapy before undergoing expensive and invasive surgeries.

Can I make a physical therapy appointment for my child?

Absolutely! We provide treatment services for pediatric therapy and can work closely with your physician, schools and early childhood intervention programs.

What do physical therapist assistants do?

Physical therapist assistants are licensed clinicians who work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. Like physical therapists, they help patients recover from injuries, regain movement and manage pain. Physical therapist assistants treat people of all ages.

Do I need to subscribe to “no pain, no gain” for results?

No, if you are pushing through sharp pain, there is likely more damage than good being done. Physical therapists listen to their patients and modify the treatment plan based on what is best for your individual situation and needs.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique in which a trained physical therapist inserts small, sterile, filament needles into the skin and muscle. Dry needling evokes a healing response in painful muscular conditions.

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Gait Analysis

Gait analysis helps a licensed physical therapist identify abnormalities in your walking and running patterns to ultimately help you overcome limitations and reach mobility goals.

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