Physical Therapy is a broad industry term for a movement specialist that is highly trained to evaluate and treat physical injury, disability, and pain. A Physical Therapist is required to complete an extensive post-graduate program with hands-on clinical experience and pass state and federal certification exams. There are many sections of physical therapy or specialties–We specialize in orthopedic and sports physical therapy.
When you take that step, whether self-directed or prescribed by a physician, the first appointment with a physical therapist is a combination of self analysis and a thorough examination with special orthopedic tests to help determine the best conservative plan of care. This process usually takes an hour and can be sped up if the paperwork is filled out online here.
Physical therapy treatment may include but is not limited to exercise, manual techniques to restore tissue extensibility and range of motion, modalities to facilitate healing or mitigate inflammation, and prescribed homework.
All treatment plans are individualized, ensuring that each person’s unique needs are met to promote healing and recovery. However the goal of most treatment plans are to reduce pain, optimize function, and/or return to sport. We customize the goals after the examination for mutual interest and realistic expectation based on over 15 years of practice.
Physical therapy plans are shared with your referring physician unless you are self-directed (Direct Access) and specifically request otherwise. We send updates at least every 30 days and many times every two weeks to ensure the best integrated care.