Specialized Physical Therapy Services
Balance is the ability to maintain the body in equilibrium with gravity both statically (e.g. while stationary) and dynamically (e.g. while walking). Persons with balance / coordination deficits due to trauma, disease, stroke or other impairment are assisted through physical therapy in improving their balance by following individual treatment plans established by a physical therapist after a thorough evaluation.
Treatment plans may include balance activities, sensory training, and ambulation training possibly with an assistive device, therapeutic exercise and modalities as appropriate.
Training for initial management utilizing low stretch wrapping. Fitting elastic garments for individuals with lymphedema.
Patients are seen for education in lymphedema prevention after a mastectomy.
Orthopedic physical therapists manage and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system as well as rehabilitate patients post orthopedic surgery. This specialty of physical therapy is most often found in the out-patient clinical setting.
Orthopedic therapists are trained in the treatment of post operative joint replacements, acute sports injuries, arthritis and amputations just to name a few.
Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot/cold packs, and electrical stimulation are modalities often used to expedite recovery in the orthopedic setting.
Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body will benefit from assessment by a physical therapist specialized in orthopedics.
- Joint contractures
- IT band syndrome
- Patellar tendinitis
- Anterior knee pain
- Shin splints
- Chronic ankle sprains
- Plantar fasciitis/heel pain
- Achilles tendinitis
- Other forms of tendinitis & tendinopathies
Therapy programs may follow specific protocols or individualized treatment plans with the aim of therapy being the return of strength, function and mobility.
The programs may involve a variety of treatment options with goals set for the patient to resume normal activities of living as much as possible are established by a physical therapist after a thorough evaluation. In-hospital and skilled units may involve the inclusion of other therapeutic disciplines (i.e. speech therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, etc.), depending on the patient's needs.
Geriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging, but is usually focused on the older adult.
There are many conditions that affect many people as they grow older and include but are not limited to: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, hip and joint replacement balance disorders, incontinence and more.
Geriatric physical therapy helps those affected by such problems in developing a specialized program to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness levels and more.
Neurological physical therapy is a discipline focused on working with individuals who have a neurological disorder or disease. These include Alzheimer's disease, ALS, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury and stroke.
Common problems of patients with neurological disorders include paralysis, vision impairment, poor balance, inability to ambulate and loss of functional independence. Therapists work with patients to improve these areas of dysfunction.