Physical Therapy

Your care begins with a thorough evaluation and assessment to determine the cause of your pain and disability.

Working with your personal goal in mind, our Physical Therapists will then establish a plan of care that includes various modalities, exercises and treatment procedures that will help you get better most effectively.

The plan is not just to treat your pain. It is to get you to your highest level of function and to keep you there by teaching you proper techniques and exercises which you can do on your own upon completion of your physical therapy treatments.

Why Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists are experts in how the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems function.

Physical therapy services are cost-effective. Early physical therapy intervention prevents more costly treatments later, can result in a faster recovery, and reduces costs associated with lost time from work.

Patients end up paying less when they have direct access to physical therapy services. A study conducted to determine whether direct access to physical therapy services was cost-effective found that patients who went directly to a physical therapist with a doctor's prescription had fewer episodes of care, and services were ultimately less costly.

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What do Physical Therapist do?

Physical therapists help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients with injuries or disease. They also restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.

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When do you need a Physical Therapist?

The following list contains some of the most common reasons to see a physical therapist.

Some of the Pathologies we treat:

Neck / Back

  • Strains and Sprains
  • Discogenic
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis

Shoulder

  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder

Elbow / Wrist / Hand

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Pronator Syndrome
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • De Quervain’s Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hip

  • Bursitis
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Piriformis Syndrome

Knee

  • Chondromalacia Paella
  • ACL and PCL Repairs
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Meniscus Injury/Surgery

Ankle / Foot

  • Sprains / Strains
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Neuromas
  • Bunionectomies
  • Achilles Tendon Repairs
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Some of the problems we address:

  • Acute or Chronic Pain
  • Swelling
  • Limitation of Motion
  • Joint Problems
  • Muscle Weakness
  • General Debility and Deconditioning
  • Posture Deviations
  • Balance Impairments
  • Frequent Falls
  • Ambulation Problems
  • Poor tolerance to activity
  • Difficulty or inability to do your normal daily functions, work and activities

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Evaluation Procedures

The therapist conducts an objective evaluation which may include some of the following:

Palpation

Touching around the area of the pain or problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.

Range of Motion (ROM)

The therapist moves the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and restrictions.

Muscle Testing

The therapist checks for strength and quality of muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.

Neurological Screening

The therapist checks to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.

Special Test

The therapist performs special tests to confirm or rule out the presence of additional problems.

Posture Assessment

The positions of joints relative to the ideal and to each other may be assessed.

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Types of Physical Therapy Treatment

What types of treatments will I receive?

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Heat / Cold Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Mechanical Traction

Therapeutic Exercises:

  • Passive Range of Motion
  • Isometrics
  • Active Assistive Range of Motion
  • Active Range of Motion
  • Isotonics and Resistive Exercises
  • Stretching and Flexibility Exercises
  • Stabilization Exercises
  • Conditioning Exercises

Manual Therapy (therapeutic application of the hands in patient care):

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Myofascial Release
  • Manipulation

Other Training Programs:

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Posture Training
  • Balance Training
  • Gait Training
  • Functional Training
  • General Conditioning
  • Patient Education
  • Personalized Exercise and Fitness Program
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic Fitting and Training
  • Referral to other health disciplines as needed

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Is Physical Therapy Painful?

For most patients, one of the main objectives of seeking physical therapy is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with therapeutic modalities and hands-on treatment. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for your pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength and endurance and to meet your goals.

Recovering your range of motion after surgery will most likely cause pain. Your physical therapist will utilize different techniques to minimize pain and to maximize your treatment.

It is important to communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your physical therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for your therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

Flare-ups are not uncommon. When these occur, we suggest you come back to see us, or simply modify your daily activities and/or exercise routine.

Patients are taught self-management programs through which they can become independent in maintaining their fitness that is appropriate for their condition. We emphasize independence in a safe total-body exercise program that can be performed either at your home or at your preferred wellness facility upon discharge.

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