Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who
are trained in evaluating and treating a variety of diagnoses
resulting from injury, disease, muscle imbalance, or inactivity.
The first and most important component of the physical therapy
experience is a comprehensive examination. This begins with a
dialogue with you to determine the history of your condition and
to address your personal concerns and goals. The examination continues
with the assessment of your range of motion, strength, tissues/muscles,
and neurological standing. It concludes with functional and specialized
testing. Your physical therapist then designs and tailors a treatment
program specific for you based on your goals, your tolerance,
and the findings your therapist discovers.
What does the physical therapy process involve?
Performance Physical Therapy’s rehabilitation techniques
are based on a manual physical therapy approach. While we recognize
the benefits of massage therapy, yoga, modalities, and other therapies,
we are of the philosophy that the best treatment we can offer
to our patients is focused around the concept of restoring proper
joint alignment and working on stabilizing the joint through proprioception,
endurance, and strengthening of the muscles around the joint based
on each individual’s tolerance. You can expect to exercise
when you come to therapy! Your physical therapist will educate
you on your specific condition and ultimately put you in control
of managing your rehabilitation which may be a life-long event.
Our entire staff provides the personal attention you deserve.
Our facilities are equipped with the best functional cervical
and lumbar spine unweighting systems available, pulley systems
to meet each patient’s needs, a wide variety of exercise
equipment, multiple modalities, and specialized strength testing
equipment. We treat
variety of patients on a regular basis - from high school and
college athletes to week-end warriors, heavy laborers, and office
workers. Others may proclaim to offer the quality services we
do, but we feel we are unrivaled in our treatment approach. Once
you have been treated by us, you become part of our growing family.
How can I see a physical therapist
at Performance Physical Therapy?
Most of our patients have seen their physician, are prescribed
physical therapy, and subsequently call our office to schedule
an evaluation. We promise to schedule your first appointment within
24 hours of calling our facility. You have waited long enough,
and we need to get you on the road to recovery.
We prefer to work with your physician; however, physical therapists
can perform evaluations without a prescription. According to
state legislation, physical therapists can design and implement
your treatment without a physician’s referral as long as
your condition has been diagnosed within 90 days and we advise
your physician of your plan of care. In any case, we will coordinate
your plan of treatment with your physician.
If you do not have a physician, or if you are unsure of whether
you need to see a physician, our physical therapists will be happy
to talk with you and provide you with a free consultation. This
free consultation will give you the basic information you need
to determine if there is something that can be done to address
your particular problem or to achieve your goals. Sometimes this
involves simply making suggestions for minor modifications in
your exercise routine. Other times it may be suggested that you
participate in formal physical therapy. Formal physical therapy
empowers the therapist to use all the tools at his/her disposal
to help you.
If you do not have a specific injury but are looking for general
strengthening, conditioning or seeking to improve your physical
performance for sports, we can perform a detailed evaluation and
set up a specific wellness program to meet your needs. You do
not need a prescription from your physician to participate in
our wellness program.
What are some common conditions
treated with physical therapy?
Physical therapists treat the signs and symptoms caused by an
injury or disease by addressing a patient’s physical impairments,
functional limitations, and goals. Some of the more common conditions
for which physical therapists examine and provide intervention
and treatment include the following:
- Spinal injuries or conditions: neck pain, low back pain,
degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, scoliosis.
- Joint and soft-tissue injuries: ligamentous sprains, muscle
strains, fractures, dislocations, pre-and post-surgical.
- Sports-related injuries: overuse injuries, direct trauma in
athletes, weekend warrior.
- Workplace injuries: industrial injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome,
cumulative trauma, stress disorder.
- Arthritic conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
- Specific strengthening, stretching, general cardiovascular
- Wellness programs: improving strength and conditioning for
life’s everyday challenges