At Rehab Zone Physical Therapy, we are your trusted partners in health. Our practices are dedicated to providing quality care by offering the highest level of service, which is why we have a well-deserved reputation for excellence.
Physical therapy is the first line of defense for a plethora of common injuries and chronic issues. By utilizing hands-on manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, and behavioral modifications, physical therapy can help you reach your movement and function goals without prescriptions or invasive procedures.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve the quality of life of our patients. Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to people at the end of life. Many patients have injuries, disabilities, or other health conditions that need treatment. But PTs also care for people who simply want to become healthier and to prevent future issues.
Manual Therapy is unique in that the evaluation and treatment involves the use of hands-on techniques to assess the body as a whole. Manual techniques are treatments directly applied to the body with the use of various hand positions and pressures combined with movement and timing in order to create a chemical and/or physical response throughout the tissues directly beneath the hands as well as associated surrounding tissues. The intended response is to decrease the state of muscle spasm or increase mobility which then reduces the amount of overall pain, calming the nervous system down as a whole. This then enhances the healing process.
The site of pain does not always indicate the source of the problem, therefore thorough investigation of the body is necessary in order to obtain optimum treatment. Relate this to a car: if your alignment is off, your wheels may wear out in a way that disturbs the overall balance of the car, eventually creating a breakdown elsewhere. The same goes for the body. For example, a patient may complain of shoulder pain; however, a complete evaluation of your body as a whole might show that you have stiffness in the hip, limiting full mobility in the lower back, causing painful compensatory movements of the shoulder. Treatment would then involve various manual techniques to address the mechanical problems that contribute to this shoulder pain. Thus, treatment of the hip, lower back, AND shoulder would occur in order to restore optimal function to the entire system. Neuromuscular re-education and exercise is then performed in order to reinforce the restored movement planes.
Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on improving the function of your orthopedic system: muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. You could benefit from orthopedic physical therapy if you have been injured or are facing the prospect of surgery. Treatment of orthopedic conditions is focused on helping you to build up your strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
Common orthopedic injuries that benefit from physical therapy treatment include: ACL tear, meniscus injury, general knee pain, hip bursitis, hip arthritis, achilles tendon tear, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, degenerative disc disease, chronic low back pain, and more. If you have an injury or are experiencing discomfort to any part of your body that is affecting your ability to move through your daily activities, you may benefit from physical therapy.