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Have you had physical therapy before? Do you know what a physical therapist does?

Even if you answered "yes" to these questions, we guarantee we can surprise you with what we have to offer!

What can a PT do for me that is different from all the other body workers out there?

It is important to know that physical therapy can be provided only by qualified physical therapists or by physical therapy assistants working under the supervision of a physical therapist.

With their exhaustive training Physical therapists can truly be called experts in "the science of healing and the art of caring." This is what that means:

The Science of Healing

Patients and physicians are demanding the talents of physical therapists for conservative management of a wide variety of conditions. In many cases, patients are being sent to physical therapy instead of surgery. Ask your doctor if this may be appropriate for you!
Physical therapists help people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; neurologic conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or Parkinson's disease; connective tissue injuries such as burns or wounds; cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries.

The Art of caring

The individualized, "hands on" approach that characterizes physical therapist care is highly valued by patients. When a physical therapist sees a patient for the first time, he or she examines that individual and develops a plan of care that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restores function, and prevents disability. The physical therapist and the patient then work side-by-side to make sure that the goals of the treatment plan are met.

Therapeutic exercise and functional training are the cornerstones of physical therapist treatment. Depending on the particular needs of a patient, physical therapists may "manipulate" a joint (that is, perform certain types of passive movements at the end of the patient's range of motion) or massage a muscle to promote proper movement and function. Physical therapists may use other techniques such as electrotherapy, ultrasound (high-frequency waves that produce heat), hot packs, and ice in addition to other treatments when appropriate.

Physical therapists will also work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

See "About Us" to find out how Wade demonstrates the Science of Healing and the Art of Caring in his Clinic.

Physical Therapy has been around for almost 2500 years! It gained recognition as a profession in 1813 in Sweden and given registration as a profession in 1887. For more information about the history of Physical Therapy please see WIKI: Physical Therapy