Physical Therapy Specialties
If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues.
Dry Needling is a technique performed by a skilled physical therapist to immediately reduce pain, muscle tension and improve mobility.
Where cutting edge technology meets old-school pain management, you’ll find an innovative remedy such as Kinesio taping. The process uses elastic therapeutic tape, which is exponentially more stretchable than traditional types of elastic bandage.
Warm water therapy is a great option for all kinds of conditions, including back pain, arthritis, and post-surgical patients. Some benefits of warm water aquatic therapy are to improve joint mobility and stimulate blood flow, the natural buoyancy reduces stress on the body and helps patients exercise easier with less pain, and the water provides resistance – keeping your muscles engaged during movement.
A specialized therapy for pelvic health including pregnancy, post-partum, post-menopausal care, and issues with urinary or fecal incontinence. Our therapists use evidence based treatments to address impairments of the low back, pelvis, and pelvic floor. Our therapists have undergone extensive coursework to specialize in pelvic care and the unique adaptations necessary to treat patients with pelvic health needs.
Some of the most burdensome side effects of cancer and its treatment include cancer-related fatigue, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, cognitive impairment, sleep problems, depression, pain, anxiety, and physical dysfunction (including impaired strength, endurance, and bone mineral density). Physical therapy can be tailored to each individual’s history and goals in order to improve the overall quality of life for those affected by cancer.
Blood Flow Restriction
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) is a physical therapy exercise technique that limits the amount of bloodflow going to a limb using a restrictive cuff. When available oxygen levels are decreased, the muscles are “tricked” into thinking they are working harder than they actually are. This allows a patient to exercise with a light amount of resistance and still receive the recovery benefits of a heavy amount of resistance. BFR is excellent for individuals doing pre/post operation or suffer from a soft tissue dysfunction.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a method of care that is effective in treating a wide range of conditions from sports injuries and chronic pain, to neurological disorders and post surgical outpatient recovery. Physical therapy aims to treat the root cause of pain utilizing a combination of manual therapy, exercise training programs, and patient education to improve quality of life.
Millions of Americans rely on physical therapy clinics yearly to help them get back to doing the activity that they enjoy most. Whether it is hiking, gardening, spending time with grandchildren, or a sports activity – a physical therapist will get you back in action.
What Is A Physical Therapist?
Physical therapists are licensed professionals that have earned a Physical Therapy degree, through completion of an accredited education program and have passed national examinations.
Through their role as health care professionals, physical therapists use a plan of care to treat people of all ages and abilities to help achieve functional pain free movement. They combine years of extensive education, training, and clinical experience to determine the proper physical therapy treatment needed to achieve patient goals.
Physical therapy providers create treatment plans for patients on an individualized basis. Methodologies used for clinical care may include hands-on treatment, exercise rehabilitation, functional movement, aquatic therapy, dry needling, and kinesio taping.
One of the key factors for successful treatment is taking into account the musculoskeletal conditions contributing to the pain symptoms and any other health conditions that may effect a patients ability recover. Communication skills are important, being clear about these challenges from the beginning and developing a care plan with these challenges in mind will ensure patient growth and success.
Beyond functional activities, physical therapists may coordinate with other healthcare providers to aide in treatment such as psychologists, physicians, social workers, and massage therapists.
Physical Therapy Services
A physical therapist is capable of having a profound and lasting effect on their patients lives through the high level of care that they provide. The methodologies used will be tailored to fit the patients specific medical conditions and goals, no two treatments will be the same.
Below are some of the tools that may be utilized during plans of care created with a physical therapist:
- Manual Therapy: If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues.
- Exercise Training Program: Strengthening and regaining functional range of motion.
- Dry Needling: Dry Needling is a technique performed by a skilled physical therapist to immediately reduce pain, muscle tension and improve mobility.
- Kinesio Taping: Where cutting edge technology meets old-school pain management, you’ll find an innovative remedy such as Kinesio taping. The process uses elastic therapeutic tape, which is exponentially more stretchable than traditional types of elastic bandage.
- Aquatic Therapy: Warm water therapy is a great option for all kinds of conditions, including back pain, arthritis, and post-surgical patients. Some benefits of warm water aquatic therapy are to improve joint mobility and stimulate blood flow, the natural buoyancy reduces stress on the body and helps patients exercise easier with less pain, and the water provides resistance – keeping your muscles engaged during movement.
Advanced training and knowledge gained through years of working with patients creates the skills required to apply these techniques and successfully treat issues such as: chronic condition, balance disorders, acute injuries, pelvic floor dysfunctions, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiopulmonary conditions, joint disorder and much more.
Benefits Of Physical Therapy
Regardless of age or stage of life, professional physical therapy can play an essential role in increasing your quality of life. Some common conditions that physical therapy programs are capable of treating include:
- Recovery from surgical procedures and pre surgery physical therapy.
- Sports related injuries including, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, concussion, sprains and strains.
- Musculoskeletal dysfunction such as back pain, whiplash, headaches and migraines, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, spinal conditions, and rotator cuff injuries.
- Pelvic health and pelvic floor dysfunction including lymphedema and incontinence
- Neurological conditions such as vestibular dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.
- Cardiopulmonary conditions including cystic fibrosis, post-myocardial infarction, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Pediatric issues including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and developmental issues.
Beyond common conditions, PT is critical for: fall prevention, improved balance, recovery from injury, improving mobility, and pain management without the use of medication such as opioids.
I Need Physical Therapy
If you are unsure about how a physical therapist can help your medical conditions or enhance your athletic performance, do not hesitate to reach out at (303) 665-8747 or use our contact form to find out how our physical therapy clinic can help you.
Whether you live an active lifestyle and want to return to the physical activity you love, or simply need the confidence to walk with balance and prevent falls, and everything in between – Back To Action Physical Therapy is here for you.
We accept insurance and have a wide range of availability for appointments with our highly skilled therapists. With offices in Lafayette and Longmont, you can choose the physical therapy location that best fits your needs.
Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Physical therapists evaluate and record their patients progress twords rehabilitation goals. These goals often involve increased range of motion, reduced pain symptoms, and improving quality of life. Whether the injury or musculoskeletal pain symptoms is a result of a surgery, preventive care, chronic condition or an acute injury, physical therapists will work with patients to achieve desired outcomes.