Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a medical-rehabilitation specialty that promotes evidence-based methods for optimum healing and functional restoration. Physical Therapists (PT’s) provide these scientifically-proven methodologies to their patients following a variety of causes to include: injury, trauma, or surgery; in addition to assisting patients with the treatment and management of most debilitating diseases.

As noted by the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life.

Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate – from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.

Your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally. Your physical therapist will work with you to help you understand your body so you will achieve long-term health benefits. Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Your physical therapist can also help you prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness- and wellness-oriented program tailored to your specific needs.

Physical Therapists evaluate and treat individuals as a result of (after) a variety of causes as noted above, however, they can also have significant involvement in the prevention (before) of injury and disabling factors associated with degenerative and progressive disease processes. PT’s utilize a variety of physical modalities (treatments) to assist and facilitate their restorative processes. These modalities may include moist heat, cold packs or ice, ultrasound, electricity, or focused light energy (laser) to facilitate the body’s natural healing ability.

These treatments can also assist in reducing pain and restoring optimal function to involved areas. Your Therapist may also recommend administering specialized manual (hands-on) treatments such as massage, joint mobilization, myofascial techniques, traction and neuromuscular re-training to expedite tissue healing and functional restoration. Additionally, and most importantly, therapeutic activities, which may include specific exercise, are provided to complete most patient’s individualized plans of care. Such prescribed activities are utilized to facilitate the rehabilitation process and to maximize restoration of mobility, strength, and function.

Rehabilitation Services

Our services encompass the following areas of specialization:

  • Orthopedic: pre and post-operative status
  • Sports injuries and prevention
  • Arthritic conditions/diagnoses
  • Musculoskeletal pain, injury, or dysfunction
  • Work injuries/Return to Work Programs
  • Chronic/progressive/degenerative conditions
  • Locomotor/Nervous System diseases and dysfunction
  • Acute/Chronic pain conditions

Specialized Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation – Phase III instruction and supervision
  • General Orthopedic – congenital, operative, traumatic, degenerative
  • Hand Therapy – Surgical, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervain’s, cumulative trauma disorders, ganglion cyst
  • Health Club Program – program development and instruction, supervised exercise on premises
  • Industrial Rehabilitation – Work Hardening, work conditioning, work simulation, Drug Screens, Pre/Post-employment physicals
  • Job Site/Ergo Analysis – University Michigan/NIOSH and ergonomic evaluations
  • Joint Problems – arthritis, pre/post-operative conditions, dislocations, replacements, degenerative conditions, reconstructions
  • Manual Therapy – massage, muscle energy, mobilization, PNF techniques, myofascial
  • Neurologic – sciatica, radiculopathy, nerve injuries, nerve entrapment, Parkinson’s, post-op conditions, RSD/CRPS, TOS
  • Return to Sports
  • Soft Tissue Injuries – tendonitis, bursitis, sprains, strains, contusions, enthesopathies
  • Spinal Rehabilitation – neck, back, pre/post operative, MVA’s, work injuries
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders- both pre and post operative management

Specific Evaluation Procedures

  • Comprehensive Musculoskeletal/Functional Evaluations
  • Sports Specific Evaluations
  • Isokinetic Testing – Lido Multi-joint Analysis
  • Neurological and Manual Muscle Testing
  • FCE’s – Functional Capacity Evaluations/Fit for Duty/Return to Work
  • Pre/Post Employment and Post-offer Testing

Education Programs

To allow every patient to reach their maximum functional potential and gain the greatest degree of independence, we offer the following educational programs that can augment most any plan of care:

Comprehensive Back and Neck Schools

  • Herniated Discs
  • Recurrent/Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Post-traumatic Management
  • Post-operative Education
  • Mechanical Back Pain Syndromes
  • Postural and Body Mechanics Education
  • Injury Prevention
  • Office and Industrial Ergonomics

Cumulative Trauma School

  • Repetitive Motion Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes

Additional Specialized Services

  • Independent Home Exercise Programs
  • Custom Biomechanical Foot Orthotics
  • Private Health Club instruction/consultation
  • Brace/support/orthoses/assistive device evaluation
  • TENS evaluation and instruction