What is a physical therapist?
A physical therapist or PT is a well-trained, skilled health care professional that works with patients to improve body movement, function and pain management through safe stretching, conditioning, and strengthening exercise techniques. Pt's are an important part of the rehabilitation process and improving the quality of life for those with chronic conditions or injuries. Physical therapy requires 4 years of under-graduate training and 3 years of post-graduate training. Our Physical Therapists have additionally gained further advanced training including Orthopedic Board Training and Manual Therapy Specialization.
What should I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit will be an initial evaluation. Your therapist will ask about the history regarding your present problem followed by a physical examination. You may be asked to walk around or asked to sit or stand to measure the movements (range of motion) and strength. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and what factors worsen or diminish your pain levels as this helps the therapist to determine the nature of your problem and to determine your special care and focus.
Initial evaluation also includes postural assessment which helps to determine a specific treatment plan for the patient. Make sure to ask questions of your therapist if you are unsure of any of the instructions for your particular treatment plan.
Please dress in workout clothes and tennis shoes/sneakers as you will be put through a series of movement tests so that we can fully evaluate your condition.
How does dry needling work?
Dry Needling is a procedure in which thin, solid needle filaments are inserted into the painful areas of muscles or tissues of the body. The needles penetrate through the skin into the sensitive myofascial trigger points (irritable hard knots within the muscle) and stimulate the underlying injured muscles to relieve pain. These fine needles deactivate the sensitive trigger points thereby decreasing pain and restoring the normal muscle functions. These needles do not inject any medication into the body.
Dry needling is generally indicated to relieve acute and chronic pain by promoting muscle healing after an injury. The procedure can be used to treat various Orthopedic conditions, injuries and sports-related muscular pain.
What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled appointment?
When you come for your appointment please remember to obtain and bring the following:
- Physician’s Order & PCP Referral (if required for insurance).
- Insurance Card(s).
- Personal Identification (Driver’s License and/or Military ID).
- Copies of results of any X-rays, MRI’s or other imaging reports and any other relevant information.