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Physical Therapy

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Physical therapists are health professionals with special expertise in physical conditioning and the movement sciences. They use this knowledge to reduce activity restrictions, and enable people of all ages to return to their work, community, and leisure activities.

Occupational Therapy is the art and science of using purposeful activities to remediate dysfunction in self-care, work, or leisure.

Speech Therapy services are provided to facilitate functional speech, language and swallow functions.

How We Can Help
Based on your specific condition, our therapist will determine a diagnosis (primary activity restriction toward which therapy will be directed) and a prognosis (optimal outcomes expected from therapy, with timelines). The therapist then establishes a plan of care that includes specific interventions designed to produce changes in the patient’s condition in order to achieve the desired outcomes.

Common Conditions – Physical Therapy

Some of the common conditions for which physical therapist evaluate and treat include:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions
  • Integumentary conditions
  • Joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Physical deconditioning
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries

Physical Therapy Examination

Our physical therapist takes a history, performs a systems review, and administers special tests to determine the status of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary systems, as well as any activity restrictions. Some of these tests include:

  • Aerobic capacity and endurance
  • Gait and balance
  • Integumentary integrity examination
  • Motor function
  • Muscle performance
  • Ventilation and circulation examination