You will not be treated by a physical therapist. You will be treated with physical therapy directly by the doctor.
Most people think of exercise, stretching, or massage when they think of physical therapy. Exercise typically should be initiated only after an area has been stabilized and now strength training is needed for full rehabilitation, sometimes known as “work-hardening”.
Physical therapy though is much more than this and initially requires the use of instruments or “modalities” in order to get the patient to a point of stabilization first.
There is no pain with your treatment. Therapy could require one of more of the following modalities to speed up your healing time: micro-current electrical stimulation, short-wave diathermy, ultra-sound, intersegmental traction, TENS units (which are rarely needed).
You will be one-on-one with the doctor through your full rehabilitation for improvement of function, flexibility and strength of injured areas, as well as, having the doctor as a personal trainer for those who want to "go the extra mile" to also improve fitness.
Deep heat that penetrates through the skin and fat layer and goes directly to the deepest portions of the muscle (heating pads can only reach the top few layers of muscle).
Great for a chronic muscle pain. Increases circulation to the treated area which promotes healing. Excellent for most lung and sinus conditions because this modality helps to break up phlegm.
A long known treatment protocol excellent for bursitis anywhere, muscle sprains/strains and rotator cuff tears, just to name a few. Great for "ganglions" (small bumps, usually on the wrist or hand, that are soft and painful). Also effective for heel spurs, especially when combined with our custom 3-arch orthotics.
Kinesiology tape is a thin elastic cotton based fabric with a special adhesive on one side. Therapeutic kinesiology tape, when used correctly, can help relieve a wide variety of injuries related to sports and general overuse.
KT tape is so thin that most people don't remember it's there. When applied properly, this amazing tape helps support joints and muscles, however, when misused can lead to additional injury. Always consult a professional when using KT tape.
Intersegmental discs (the sponges between the vertebrae) act like shock absorbers and are very elastic. Unfortunately, after about the age of 25 the disc suffer from a dwindling blood supply and so relies on a process call "imbibition" to stay moist and elastic. Imbibition is a fancy word meaning every time you walk and exercise the weight of the spine on "itself" pumps fluid into the disc to keep it moist and healthy (like a sponge when it is full of water). The more spongy the disc, the better. A "moist" disc does not tear as easily as a "dry" disc. Patients want to take this table home with them because it feels so good.