Physical Therapy

What Is Physical Therapy?
Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. Physical therapy, provided by a licensed professional, helps individuals and populations to develop, maintain, and restore maximum motion and functional ability throughout their lives. Physical therapy can be especially helpful if movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions, or environmental factors.

Types of Physical Therapy

After you tell us about your pain/injury/surgery, a licensed physical therapist will evaluate you one on one to determine your range of motion, muscle strength, and postural alignment, as well as abnormalities in movement patterns, body mechanics, and quality of movement in daily activities. Following the results of your evaluation, we will design a personalized plan of care to help you meet your recovery needs. Together, we will establish clear goals and begin the treatment that will be most effective for you.

Some of our major areas of practice are described below.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

In orthopedic physical therapy, we mainly treat musculoskeletal pain (pain that affects muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones), which may arise due to injury, overuse, trauma, falls, fractures, accidents, or poor posture.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck/low back pain/sciatica
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tennis elbow/golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Myofascial pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Osteoarthritis/DJD
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle joint pain
  • Weakness or loss of motion
  • Osteoporosis
  • Body misalignments (scoliosis)/spinal dysfunctions
  • Chronic pain/fibromyalgia
  • Stroke
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Balance disorders

Pre- and Post-Surgical Rehab

Many musculoskeletal injuries and disorders must be managed through surgical intervention coupled with pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation. Following surgery, bones, muscles, and soft tissues undergo a period of healing. Failure to use these joints and muscles may cause them to heal improperly, limiting range of motion, flexibility, function, and overall surgical outcomes. For this reason, it is essential to complete physical therapy before and after a surgery, and orthopedic surgeons often make therapy recommendations.

At Potential Physical therapy, we devise a pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation plan according to your individual needs that helps you quickly and easily return to your normal life.

Total Joint Replacement Rehab

For people with severe joint destruction, replacement is a common operative procedure to relieve pain and improve function. In total joint replacement rehab, we help you move through the healing process by examining your signs and symptoms and your responses to selected interventions.

Spine Rehab

The primary function of the muscles of the spine is to provide a steadying force, which is known as core stability. The fundamental techniques included in core stability/spine rehab are kinesthetic training, stabilization exercises, and functional activities. At Potential Physical Therapy, we develop individualized spine rehab protocols by modifying these fundamental techniques according to your diagnoses, impairments, and functional limitations secondary to pain/injury/surgery.

Vestibular Rehab

Dizziness is the third most common complaint reported to physicians after chest pain and fatigue. Indeed, 42% of adults say they have felt dizziness or vertigo at some time. Individuals who often experience dizziness, vertigo, visual disturbances, or imbalance may suffer from vestibular disorders. For such patients, other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, decreased concentration, and headache affect all aspects of daily living, and may induce anxiety and depression. Moreover, people with severe vestibular disorders adopt a sedentary lifestyle to avoid worsening their dizziness, which results in decreased ROM, muscle flexibility, and strength and increased joint stiffness.

Potential Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive vestibular rehabilitation program. Studies show that vestibular rehabilitation effectively reduces symptoms and improves quality of life.

Concussion Management

The American Academy of Neurology defines a concussion as a “trauma-induced alteration in mental status that may or may not involve loss of consciousness.” It occurs due to trauma to the head, mainly caused by sports activities or car accidents. Approximately 95% of concussed patients have normal imaging studies. In the absence of a loss of consciousness or abnormal imaging, the diagnosis of concussion is made on the basis of neurocognitive impairment and the presence of symptoms, most commonly dizziness and balance impairment. We treat these symptoms with vestibular rehabilitation therapy. For athletes, we also offer a strength and conditioning program that is appropriate to their sport.