Our clinic's physical therapists are well-trained and fully equipped to provide you with the means to a rapid recovery. We use a wide range of fitness equipment to support strength-building, balance-training and cardio-vascular conditioning. Our patients learn exercises and stretches that they can do at home. Especially important for our patients are the variety of modalities that we use to help them deal with and manage their pain successfully.
Each new patient begins therapy with a comprehensive physical evaluation. Our therapists listen to you describe your problem–whether it's low back pain or a recent knee replacement--then we evaluate your strength, range of motion, and other factors. Working with you, we set goals for your recovery and develop a therapy plan that is tailor-made for you.
Pain in this area is often caused when scar tissue adheres to the pelvic walls or organ - scar tissue that results from gynecological surgeries such as Hysterectomy, C-section or procedures to treat Endometriosis. Physical therapy can help break down these pelvic and abdominal adhesions, allowing for increased mobility of the connective tissues and muscles. This in turn, can decrease pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, infertility and bowel or bladder obstructions. URINARY INCONTINENCE affects about 60% of women, and has long been considered a natural part of aging. However, physical therapy can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which often corrects incontinence.
Weight-bearing exercises improve bone strength, and the clinic's TurboSonic machine has been shown to improve bone density. We also use therapy to achieve corrections in posture, activity modification and rely on specific exercise programs to minimize the risk of fracture.
Following a mastectomy, scar tissue can restrict a patient’s range of motion in the shoulder, and drain lines in the chest can cause lingering pain. Also, the removal of or damage to lymph nodes can cause 'lymphedema.' Physical therapy improves range of motion, strength and posture but it can also help decrease pain in the neck, shoulder, chest and abdomen. Manual techniques help decrease scar tissue and increase circulation. Scar massage keeps the tissue mobile and supple during healing and can prevent the scar from contracting, which will restrict the range of motion as well as contribute to the development of lymphedema.
Back pain and pelvic pain are common during pregnancy. Therapy includes evaluation of the spine and pelvis, individualized exercise programs and the use of pregnancy belts to support the lower back and abdomen.