FAQ’s on Physical Therapy

Nearly every person will experience some degree of back or neck pain during their lifetime, with over 80% of Americans relieving some form of treatment for this chronic pain. Physical therapy is one of the most effective methods for providing symptomatic pain relief, and can help patients avoid the need for surgery. For patients who do have surgery, physical therapy is the ideal method for returning the body to full strength.

How is Physical Therapy administered?

Through the use of targeted movement training procedures focusing on building muscle strength and endurance, physical therapy offers a non-invasive treatment that is able to potentially restore full functionally to many of the body’s joints and muscles. By carefully working the body with physically therapy, patients are able to reduce their pain while promoting reliable healing.

When does a doctor recommend Physical Therapy?

There are numerous conditions where physical therapy is an effective means of treatment. They include:

  • Lumbar pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Injury or tears in the muscle, tendons, or ligaments
  • Myofascial pain
  • Arthritis
  • Post-Surgical rehabilitation
  • tendonitis
  • Inflammation of the joints
  • Degenerative disc and joint disease

What are the different physical therapies available?

For many patients, physical therapy is normally only one facet of treatment and is routinely combined with other alternative and/or medical therapies.

Sports Medicine is therapy focusing on patients’ fitness and prevention of small injuries from worsening into severe conditions. Sports medicine has become a rapidly expanding field of therapy in the 20th century and is now recognized as a specialized branch of therapy by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Occupational Therapy for the Hand is listed by the ASSH as a specialized form of rehabilitation with focus on the hands or upper extremities of a patient. The physical therapy assist the patient by teaching them new methods of how to perform tasks with their hand with a primary goal of returning the patient to a productive, pain-free lifestyle.

Manual Therapy is designed for the treatment of musculoskeletal pains and disabilities. Through careful manual manipulation of a patients’ muscles and joints, manual therapy is a very hands-on technique that is able to provide relief for chronic joint pain.

Electromyography and nerve conduction is therapy that uses electrical needle testing to measure the electrical activity of muscles during movement, with a goal of providing relief to nerve-related symptomatic pains from conditions such as:

  • Pinched or Compressed Nerves
  • Muscular Disease
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs