What I mean by this is that every diagnoses manifests itself in different ways for each individual. For instance, an MRI could indicate that you have a herniated disc, therefore your diagnosis classifies you as a patient with a spinal derangement. Unfortunately, you may have had a disc problem for quite some time and the symptoms that you complain of may be related to a secondary hip tightness. We need to address the hip issue first and following completion of a program including range of motion exercises, manual therapy, and core stabilization. Your disc will begin to resolve as your fitness improves. Again, this philosophy varies from patient to patient.
Physical Therapy, by definition, states "therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury or disease...". It is the restoration of movement I find critical in resolution of symptoms and future prevention of injury.
Our optimal goal is to restore function and return our patients to pain free activities. We accomplish this in the following ways:
- comprehensive 1 to 1 1/2 hour evaluation and treatment plan on your first visit
- you work one-on-one with me, no support staff or aides, a 20 plus year experienced physical therapist
- there is no "physical therapy chain mentality" in my clinic, I work with a limited number of patient so I can provide the highest level of care
- Hands on care for every patient, either for passive stretching, manual therapy, myofascial release techniques or posture education (including neutral pelvic position for optimal core recruitment)
- Computerized home exercise programming accessible on the web, on your phone or tablet or just printed the old fashion way
- Posture assessment and body-mechanic education to prevent injury and maintain a healthy spine
- Participation in my "Core Flex Fitness" program to be implemented at home or in your gym