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Physical & OccupationaL Therapy

Treatments

The Physical Therapy team uses a wide variety of techniques for treatment including those listed below.

Aquatic Physical Therapy 

Consists of an exercise plan that is executed in the water. It is a beneficial type of therapy that is effective for numerous medical conditions. Aquatic therapy utilizes the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and functional training.

Balance Training

A form of exercise which is intended to develop balance and proprioception, the ability to know where the body and its joints are in space. One of the goals of balance training is decreasing the risk of falling.

Biofeedback

A treatment method in which people are trained to improve their health by using indicators from their own bodies. Professionals in many diverse fields use biofeedback to assist their patients in coping with pain and to improve muscle activation and control.

Cell MIST

painless, noncontact treatment that delivers ultrasonic waves through a saline mist to a wound bed to promote healing and closure.

Cryotherapy

A topical based therapy placed directly or indirectly on the desired tissues.  The application of cold is utilized to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation; heat therapy can be used to improve mobility and decrease muscular tension.

Custom Orthotics

An orthotic is a tool manufactured to support the foot and ankle into the most anatomically capable position.

Electrical Stimulation

Can be used for muscle re-education and strengthening, as well as edema and pain management.  Electrodes are placed on the skin in various locations depending on the desired outcomes.

Gait training

Retraining the gait cycle in order to walk safely and efficiently. A physical therapist will study the person’s gait and abnormal characteristics then will educate the person on their deficits and train them to make the proper adjustments.  The treatment can involve the use of parallel bars, walkers, crutches, or canes to maximize safety and function.

Manual Therapy

A medical “hands on” approach to treatment. A physical therapist can use methods such as manipulation or mobilization to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures in order to eliminate pain and improve mobility and alignment.

Mechanical Traction

Refers to an apparatus used in order to relieve pressure on a patient’ spine and skeletal system. Mechanical traction normally lasts from 15 to 30 minutes and can be used on the cervical and lumbar spine.

Myofascial Release and Massage

A form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Pulsatile Lavage

A pressurized water therapy used to clean and remove debris from a wound bed and promote wound healing. 

Serial Casting for Pediatrics

A technique used to gain range of motion and reduce spasticity at particular joints, primarily at the elbow and ankle. A series of casts modified weekly until adequate ROM is achieved.

Therapeutic Exercise

A physical therapy technique utilizing exercise (stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular training techniques) which includes an extensive variety of tactics created in order to develop or enhance a patient’s musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and/or neurologic capability.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

A therapeutic procedure which uses a wand and ultrasound gel applied to the patient’s skin. This application provides a deep heat by the form of ultrasonic wave.  Therapeutic ultrasound’s benefits include tissue relaxation, increased local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

A combination of manual therapy techniques and specific movements in addition to an exercise-based plan intended to strengthen and train central nervous system compensation for inner ear insufficiencies.

 
 
 

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