What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy – a health care specialty, involves the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal system disorders. It is provided by Physical Therapists, who are licensed health care professionals, receiving a master’s or doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Physical Therapists help people with pain, limited movement and/or function – usually resulting from aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Physical Therapy improves strength, flexibility, range-of-motion, balance, posture, cardiovascular fitness, as well as increasing functional capacity. At AIMS Physical Therapy, we strive to reduce pain and help patients return to an active lifestyle, as quickly as possible.
What should I expect at AIMS Physical Therapy?
- A thorough evaluation and physical assessment, which may include muscle strength, range-of-motion, posture, movement and gait.
- Hands-on manual therapy to mobilize dysfunctional tissues and joints.
- A muscle re-education exercise program to restore strength and function.
- Prevention tips and home exercises to reduce or prevent a reoccurrence.
- Compassionate care and exceptional support during the recovery process.
- Communication… communication… communication – with all members of our Healthcare Team!
- We provide information and education for you and your family members (if requested) regarding treatment options and improvement updates.
- Decisions are based on your best interest! And of course, we involve you in these decisions.
What is the difference between passive and active physical therapy?
Physical Therapy – both passive and active, treats disorders of the muscles, bones or joints, which may have resulted from an injury, poor posture, muscle imbalances or a weak core. Passive Physical Therapy includes Moist Heat – increases blood flow to promote healing, relieves muscle spasms, pain and muscle stiffness; Cold Therapy (Cryotherapy) – reduces tissue pain and swelling; Electric Muscle Stimulation – relaxes tissues to ease acute and chronic pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and scar tissue; Mechanical Traction – separates the space between the bones in the spine to help reduce swelling and back pain, promotes joint movement and hydration to joint structures; Ultrasound – delivers deep penetrating heat to tissues to provide a “micro-massage” effect, which reduces swelling, breaks down scar tissue and helps painful muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and/or Tens Unit – a non-invasive, safe nerve stimulation intended to reduce pain, both acute and chronic. Active Physical Therapy consists of Stretching Exercises, Strengthening Exercises and/or Low Impact Aerobic Conditioning.
What type of patients are referred to AIMS Physical Therapy?
Our certified, highly trained Physical Therapists have decades of combined experience treating acute and chronic muscular and skeletal conditions. Therefore, many patients are referred to AIMS Physical Therapy because they have chronic pain, are recovering after surgery, sustained injuries after an accident or suffer from an illness or health condition. They come specifically because they are experiencing sprains and strains of the ankle, knee, shoulder, neck and back; poor balance; herniated discs of the cervical and lumbar spine; gait abnormalities or dysfunction; headaches; sciatica; tennis elbow; fibromyalgia; carpal tunnel syndrome; frozen shoulder; TMJ joint dysfunction or whiplash. In addition, student and adult athletes seek physical therapy to maximize their athletic potential.
Do Physical Therapists communicate with other Medical Doctors?
AIMS Physical Therapists communicate regularly with referring physicians to help speed recovery and keep all abreast of the progress made. In fact, many doctors refer their patients to us because of our expert care, personalized approach and open communication. Additionally, our Physical Therapists confer daily with our Medical Staff, Chiropractic Physicians and Acupuncturist to help a wide range of ailments. Our Health Care Team is dedicated to implementing safe, effective and the least invasive treatment for each patient.
How do I receive Physical Therapy?
To receive Physical Therapy, a prescription from a health care provider is needed. Please let your health care provider know that AIMS is your first choice when it comes to rehabilitation.