What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a healthcare profession focused on the restoration of an individual’s optimal functional ability. When you begin with physical therapy, you are provided with an initial evaluation, a functional diagnosis based on impairments, and prescribed with a program. Each program is individualized based on the found impairments and working diagnosis to begin returning you back to your quality of life albeit work status, athletic ability, or simple day-to-day life. Physical therapy spans across multiple specified disciplines and works with differing populations including:

Orthopaedic-musculoskeletal, post-operative

Neurologic- Stroke, Spinal Cord injury

Pediatric- developmental delay, cerebral palsy, tortocollis

Cardiopulmonary- heart attack, breathing pathology

Ergonomic- work stations

Education and research

Wound care- sharp and dull debridement, dressings

Geriatrics- overall conditioning and coordination for the aging body

Men’s and women’s health- bowel and bladder incontinence

Hands- General and Post-Operative,

Lymphedema- swelling management and dressings

Sports- Injury, post-operative and prophylactic

The prescribed treatments can include but are not limited to: manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activities, correctional exercise, the use of modalities, aquatic intervention and balance and coordination.

Evaluations and Screenings

An evaluation is classified as a formal assessment of a specified system to assess for the potential of pathology. This is done with a thorough subjective portion to gather information to lead an objective testing portion. The objective tests are chosen using a clinician’s expertise and are based on researched values of validity to accurately rule in or out a possible pathology.

A screening is a more cursory and simplified assessment to rule in or out the potential of a given pathology. Screenings have the potential of warranting a more formal evaluation and subsequent treatment approach.

I would love to be able and meet with you so that we can address any questions that you may have about further treatment here at our clinic. Please feel free to visit our website, email us or call in to speak to me or any of our staff so that we may better serve you. Thank you for visiting Kinematics Physical Therapy and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the skilled hands-on treatment provided by a licensed professional such as a physical therapist, chiropractor, or doctor of osteopathy. Manual therapy has a range of treatment approaches including: passive range of motion, soft tissue and joint mobilization, traction, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. Passive range of motion is where the therapist provides joint range of motion without the patient assisting, such as in cases of post-operative conditions ie: rotator cuff repairs, total knee replacements. Soft tissue mobilization is the approach used to disrupt tissue adhesions via myofascial release, active release, and trigger point release. Joint mobilizations are a graded approach to assist in the passive application of force to help a dysfunctional joint move more efficiently. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation is a neurologic approach which has been also adapted to orthopaedics to rehabilitate optimal coordination patterns.

I would love to be able and meet with you so that we can address any questions that you may have about further treatment here at our clinic. Please feel free to visit our website, email us or call in to speak to me or any of our staff so that we may better serve you. Thank you for visiting Kinematics Physical Therapy and we look forward to seeing you soon.