Physical therapy (PT) is a branch of rehabilitative health that performs a thorough initial evaluation to design an individualized plan of care and exercise program to help patients improve and regain with functional physical abilities. Physical therapy is appropriate for many types of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions, including infants born with musculoskeletal birth defects, post surgical adults, elderly post stroke patients or athletes recovering from sports related injuries (sports rehab). Physical therapy sessions may include a combination of stretching, strengthening and balance exercises, postural modification, neuromuscular re-education, soft tissue massage, joint mobilization and other modalities (heat/ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, iontophoresis, etc.).
Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities of daily life.
Physical therapists examine and evaluate each individual to develop an individualized plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability, prevent expensive surgeries and prevent the long-term use of prescription medications. Physical therapists help teach patients to become independent in preventing and/or managing their condition to achieve long-term health benefits.
In addition, physical therapists work with individuals to prevent the loss of function and mobility by developing fitness and wellness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
All physical therapists must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure exam that allows them to practice. Physical therapists are also required to pass a state rules and laws exam for each state they practice.
Physical therapists have the most specialized education to help people restore and improve motion. Today’s physical therapists is required to complete a clinical doctorate of physical therapy (DPT from an accredited education program.
Orthopedic physical therapists treat musculoskeletal injuries involving the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and bone throughout the body to improve functional mobility.
At your initial evaluation, your physical therapist will review your medical history and do a physical evaluation. Depending on your symptoms and diagnosis, your therapist may assess your strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance, posture and/or coordination.
Following a thorough assessment, your physical therapist will educate you on his/her findings and determine if physical therapy treatment is appropriate, if another health care provider is better equipped or if the patient would have the best results if co-managed with other health care professionals such as chiropractic, medical doctor, personal trainer, massage therapist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, orthopedist, osteopathist, dentist, etc.
Following this discussion, together you will develop therapy goals and a plan of care for the best way to achieve those goals.
We ask that you wear closed toe shoes and clothes you are comfortable moving in. For those coming straight from work, we have changing facilities!
On your first visit, please bring your physical referral, photo ID, insurance card, any completed paperwork and a smile!
“Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” - American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)