Physical Therapy Evaluation

A Physical Therapy evaluation consists of a subjective and physical examination of your symptoms. This clinical assessment provides us with a hypothesis about your specific impairments or disabilities that may limit your physical functioning. Once we can get a clear picture about your condition we can determine the best plan of care for your specific needs. We expect you to provide us with clear goals in mind that you would like to achieve while participating in physical therapy. During this exam you can expect a movement screen, possible provocation of your symptoms that will lead us to a specific area of injury, a hands on physical assessment of your musculoskeletal system, and a treatment session that will help improve your symptoms during your first visit.  We will also provide you a treatment plan and home exercise program that will help you continue your progress outside of your clinical treatment sessions.

Physical Therapy Treatment Session

A Physical Therapy treatment session builds off of your initial evaluation. Even though we focus more on treatment and improving your symptoms we continue to assess and examine your progress within each session. You can expect manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercise, and various modalities that will help decrease your symptoms and improve your overall movement quality. Improvement is based on several factors that may include a decrease in pain, improved functional mobility, improved strength, improved range of motion, and/or improved balance/proprioception.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger point Dry Needling targets Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs) in hopes of relieving motor, sensory, and autonomic abnormalities that can occur. The goal is to get a local twitch response in order to relax and alleviate pain/dysfunction caused by these trigger points. MTrPs are hyperirritable spots on muscles described as taught bands or nodules that you can feel under the skin. Typically they are painful with pressure.

Recovery/Wellness Session

As we get into overall physical fitness and wellness we will require more recovery time to maintain the physical capacity to continue those workouts. Our recovery and wellness sessions may focus on stretching, joint manipulations, joint mobilizations, lower extremity pneumatic compression, cupping (myofascial decompression), and cold/heat therapy. These sessions are by appointment only. We require you to not have any recent medical history of injury that you have been treated for by a physician.