Do I Need Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapists (PTs) are licensed, highly-skilled, hands-on rehabilitation professionals. They can help patients reduce pain and improve function and restore mobility. In many cases, Physical Therapy is the first avenue for noninvasive treatment. Because of the effectiveness of Physical Therapy, it often reduces the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Our Physical Therapists also teach patients how to manage their condition, so that they will achieve long-term health benefits, stay active, and enjoy a better quality of life.
Physical Therapy is essential for proper recovery from surgery, such as joint replacements or ligament repairs. Restoring strength and range of motion under the care of a skilled Physical Therapist is imperative for both short and long-term post-surgical success. Our Aquatic Therapy program is an experience that can make a dramatic impact on recovery for many different types of conditions, especially sports injuries and post-surgical cases.
Additionally, our PTs design personalized home exercise programs to supplement the treatment here. Upon discharge, patients have exercises that can provide lifelong mobility support, and future injury prevention for your condition - especially for athletes with more active lifestyles.
Physical Therapists at The Hetrick Center also provide care for people in a variety of settings, including Virtual Physical Therapy, and 1 at-home post-surgery visit if it is ordered by your doctor. We also offer Direct Access for most patients, which means you do not need an RX from your doctor to get Physical Therapy - you can come directly to our PT Department for 30 days, some insurances may require a referral or authorization.
What treatments can I expect?
Every patient has an initial evaluation, at which time they sit down with the Physical Therapist and describe how they are feeling. What makes them feel better and or worse, what daily and recreational activities they are able to do. What things they cannot do. The most important issue is what the patient's goals are? The PT will then measure motion in the joints, test strength, and palpate for areas of pain. After the evaluation is done, the therapist will explain the findings to the patient.
Follow up treatments
Because each patient's need is so different, each treatment plan is designed for the patient. These plans include a review of the patient's goals, as well as the therapist's goals to make sure everyone is in agreement. Subsequent visits typically occur two to three times per week, depending on the patient's needs. So these sessions can include exercises, stretches, hands-on care by the therapist or therapist's assistant. Also, various modalities to help decrease pain and/or inflammation, and an educational component.
As you improve, the exercises will also proceed to include specific sport and/or work-related simulation exercises if necessary. A re-evaluation will be done approximately every thirty days to assess your progress. Each re-evaluation will be fax to your physician to coordinate care. When all goals are sufficiently met, as express by you, your therapist, and your physician, you will discharge to an independent home exercise program.
Physical Therapy Hours
Back & Neck Pain
Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Disc Injuries
Tendonitis & Bursitis
Total Joint Replacement
Women's Health Issues
And Many More!