We will work collaboratively with your physician, specialist, family, coach, caregiver and/or employer to ensure you receive the best level of care to help you return to your highest quality of life and full function. Your treatment is provided by a licensed physical therapist (PT), who will commonly work closely with a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA).
Your PT will use your medical history, physical findings and special tests to create a personalized plan of care, and identify your full potential for recovery. The type and number of treatments will depend on your physician, diagnosis and the severity of your condition.
At Physical Therapy & Rehab Concepts, our goal is to develop, maintain and restore your movement, functional capacity and quality of life. As physical therapists, we provide a non-surgical option for your recovery and can often can achieve improvement simply through the appropriate exercises, manual therapy treatments and patient education.
There are many benefits to participating in a physical therapy program. Here are some of the major ones that every patient can benefit from.
1. Living with Diabetes - Approximately 24 million adults and children in the United States are affected by diabetes. Most people do not realize that a physical therapist can help control your glucose and fight complications of this disease by designing a personalized treatment program. While aerobic exercise is often recommended for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a recent study found that adding high-force strength training to an aerobic program offered significant advantages, helping to improve glucose control, increase strength, and reduce the risk of falls among study participants. People with diabetes often have reduced muscle mass, and, as a result, mobility. Adding resistance training to a diabetes treatment program leads to improved lean tissue which, in turn, may be an important way to increase resting metabolic rate, protein reserve, exercise tolerance, and functional mobility. As experts in motion, physical therapists are ideally suited to help people with diabetes safely and effectively address their loss of movement.
2. Improve Mobility & Motion - At PTRC, our physical therapists pride themselves on their ability to improve your quality of life by helping you reduce your pain and move freely again. Each therapist has received specialized education focusing on human anatomy, biology, physics and kinesiology. They have a comprehensive understanding of how the body moves and will work very hard to ensure you are as mobile as possible. Our physical therapists are trusted health care professionals who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care that will likely include range of motion and flexibility training coupled with strengthening and balance exercises.
3. Avoid Surgery - Physical therapy provides effective treatments for relief of symptoms for diagnoses such as, but not limited to; carpal tunnel, ankle sprains, back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis. Research shows that comprehensive medical management, along with physical therapy, is as effective as surgery when it comes to relieving stiffness and pain associated with osteoarthritis. Aquatic Therapy has also proven to be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. Ask our physical therapists about designing an exercise program for you that can improve your mobility as well as help protect you from injury and even avoid surgery.
4. Reduce the Risk of Injury - Everyday activities like simple housework or playing ball with your kids may seem harmless, but many of our patients are injured doing these simple tasks. Our physical therapists can design a personalized treatment plan to improve your flexibility, muscle strength and coordination and reduce your risk of injury, allowing you to enjoy these basic activities for years to come.
5. Eliminate Pain Without Medication - Research shows individuals who have received physical therapy have decreased pain levels and have seen greater improvement in function than those who have not. Our physical therapists are trained to help reduce and manage pain, no matter what part of your body hurts. The American Heart Association encourages seeing a physical therapist to treat the pain associated with joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis), tendinitis/bursitis, and degenerative joint problems (osteoarthritis) instead of prescription pain medication. In many cases, our physical therapist can help you manage or alleviate your pain without invasive methods like surgery or expensive pain medications.
6. Improve Balance and Prevent Falls - The elderly are at the greatest risk for falls and balance related injuries. According to the National Aging Council one in two senior citizens over the age of 80 and one in three senior citizens over 65 years of age will fall at least once this year These falls can result in severe injury, disability and even death. Some falls can result in an inability to lead an independent, active lifestyle. Our physical therapists can help prevent these injuries by using exercises and activities in an individualized treatment program to improve flexibility, strength, balance and proper gait.
7. Recovery From Stroke - The number three cause of death in the U.S, and the leading cause of serious long-term disability is a Cerebral Vascular Accident, or better known as a stroke. Our physical therapists can help you cope with physical losses associated with stroke and increase your ability to move. Your physical therapist will work with your physician to develop an individualized treatment plan. This will likely include exercise to increase movement, facilitate independence, and help regain your quality of life after suffering from a stroke.