Please look at the following for a brief description of problems that
Partners in Physical Therapy can address.

Please know that this is only a brief list and intended for information purposes only.
Please contact a PT at Partners in Physical Therapy for further information or to
set up an evaluation in order to determine if Physical Thearpy is right for you.


Orthopedics                                           Manual Therapy

Sports Rehab                                         Edema/Lymphedema Management

Geriatrics                                               Vestibular and Balance Rehab

Pediatrics                                               Women's Health

Pain                                                         Wellness and Fitness





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Orthopedics
Recovery from surgery, conservative treatment to prevent surgery, joint, spine, or
soft tissue related injury…

Orthopedics is defined as the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or
correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated joints,
muscles, and ligaments.

Some Examples:
 
Head and Neck
- Headaches
  (musculoskeletal origin)
- TMJ
- Neck Pain
- Torticollis
- Whiplash



 
Thoracic spine
- Rib pain
- Mid Back Pain
- Fracture




                                  
 
Upper extremity
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel
- Rotator Cuff Injury or
   repair
- Trigger finger
- Contracture
- Fracture
- Golpher’s Elbow
- Impingement
Lumbar spine and Pelvis
- Low Back pain
- Sciatica
- Fracture
- Spondylolesthesis
- Degenerative Disk
   Disease or other disk
   injury
- Stenosis
Lower Extremity
-
Weakness
- Drop Foot
- Ankle Sprain
- Fracture
- Knee Injury

General
- Arthritis
- Sprain/Strain
- Fracture
- Ligament Injury
- Muscle spasm

 
 
























 
At Partners in Physical Therapy:
Our treatment approach is multidimensional for orthopedic injury. Specialty
training and diagnosis is largely based on the evidence based teachings of
the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM).
However we also combine treatment techniques of John Barnes (Myofascial
Release), Maitland (Manual Therapy), McKenzie (extension principle for disk
injury), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular facilitation techniques (PNF),
Strain/counter strain techniques, Muscle energy techniques, Soft tissue
massage, general strength, range of motion, and so much more...
 


 
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Sports Rehab
Injury prevention and rehabilitation following injury or surgical intervention.
May include ACL rehab or improving a golf swing...

Sports rehabilitation specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries
related to participating in sports and/or exercise.

Some examples:
1. Repetitive use injury
2. Joint Sprain
3. Ligament sprain
4. General Strengthening
5. Sport specific strengthening
6. Muscle sprain/strain
 
 
At partners in Physical Therapy:
We enjoy working with our sports population and assisting in returning to sport
as well as assisting inimproving sport performance because we understand the
importance of returning to activity.
Our approach to sports rehabilitation does not simply involve sports specific
exercise training and modalities. Instead we focus on full body treatment to
ensure that the body is working at peak performance. This specificallyinvolves
a full body evaluation and treatment plan as well as a discussion regarding
injury prevention.



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Geriatrics
Addresses the natural changes that affect our body as we age as well as injury that
can also occur. May include arthritis, degenerative spinal disorders, joint
replacements, balance and posture, osteoporosis...

 
Common Conditions: Physical Therapists:
o Arthritis

o Osteoporosis

o Cerebral Vascular Accident
   (Stroke)

o Cancer

o Parkinson's Disease 
                       
o Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

o Amputations

o Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases

o Dementias

o Alzheimer's Disease

o Coordination and Balance
   Disorders

o Functional Limitations related
   to mobility

o Sports/Orthopedic Injuries

o Joint Replacements

o Hip Fractures
                                                                   
• increase, restore or maintain range of
motion, physical strength, flexibility,
coordination, balance and endurance

• recommend adaptations to make the
home accessible and safe

• teach positioning, transfers, and
walking skills promote maximum
function and independence within an individual's capability

• increase overall fitness through
exercise programs

• prevent further decline in functional
abilities through education, energy
conservation techniques, joint
protection, and use of assistive
devices to promote independence

• improve sensation, joint
proprioception

• reduce pain





































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   from the American Physical
  Therapy Association Section
   on Geriatrics.
 

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  and a helpful customer information.


 
At Partners in Physical Therapy:
We love working with our adult patients and assisting in recovery from injury as well
as helping to increase function, strength, endurance, and reduce pain. We feel that
it is important to not accept the idea that “my body is just getting older” or “arthritis
is inevitable”. We believe that all patients deserve quality care and focus on
maximizing patient potential.



 
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Pediatrics
Addresses orthopedic as well as neurological deficits and developmental delays.
May include autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, motor coordination, or even
difficulty focusing in school...

Pediatric physical therapy assists in early detection of health problems and uses
a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These
therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants,
children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental,
neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases.

Treatments focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and
coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory
processing/integration. Children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy,
spina bifida, torticollis, musculardystrophy, and autism are a few of the patients
treated by pediatric physical therapists.


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At Partners in Physical Therapy:
Freddie Ann Regan, PT has been working with the pediatric population for 30 years.
She is skilled in treating multiple diagnosis’s with emphasis on autism, self injurious
behavior, developmental delay, and sensory processing issues.
Her focus of treatment includes her traditional physical therapy education as well
involves a special focus on the work of Ed Snapp. This program has had tremendous
success with a variety of patient populations over the years and she is one of three
remaining individuals who knows and understands this program.
 


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Pain
Goal of decreasing pain and increasing mobility and function. May include pre/post surgery, MVA, or unknown cause...

The topic of pain is an interesting subject due to the extreme complexity and
diversity of pain generating conditions. In order to address this topic, it is important
to have a general discussion about pain. Following that, we have included multiple
links for you to read about conditions that may be specific to you or a friend or family
member.

More Coming soon.....

 
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Manual Therapy
Hands on approach to physical therapy that involves correcting joint and soft tissue limitations...

Manual therapy intervention is a treatment approach appropriate for virtually all areas that PTs work from pediatric sports to neurological rehabilitation. The current best evidence discuses the importance of including manual intervention in combination with exercise, especially with respect to low back pain. There are many approaches and techniques available when describing manual therapy. These may include teachings by particular gurus such as Dr. James Cyriax or John Barnes (myofascial release) or even specific to particular countries such as Australia (Maitland).

At Partners in Physical Therapy:
We strive to continually increase our skill set by avoiding adhering to one treatment approach but instead by learning many approaches, combining useful skills from each, and applying the most appropriate intervention based on the patient's particular condition as well as the best available evidence.

Due to the expansive nature of this topic, we are including links to sites that can offer more detailed information. These sites will include information linking to particular manual therapy organizations as well as research available for your review...


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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is an organization that helps to support manual physical therapy. The organization's mission is to serve its members by promoting excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy practice, education and research, and to collaborate with national and international associations.


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The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine was started by a collaboration between a MD and PT in Europe whose mission states: To integrate science and clinical practice by providing evidence-supported post-graduate education in diagnosis-specific orthopedic manual therapy.
All PTs at Partners in Physical Therapy are on tract for certification through the IAOM.


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Alan Weismantel, PT, OMT, FAAOMPT has been a physical therapist since 1967. His training over the years has been extensive and has laid the foundation for the development of his treatment approach called Functional Manual Therapy (FMT).

At Partners in Physical Therapy, all PTs are trained by Mr. Weismantel and patients are encouraged to learn a home exercise program based on these techniques. We feel that his treatment approach is invaluable for our patient population because it incorporates manual skills with the addition of functional motion, helping to restore range of motion, affect neuromuscular re-education, and allows patients take an active role in their rehabilitation.


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The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy is a peer reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in the field of manual therapy, clinical research, therapeutic practice, and academic training.


Please click on the journal to be directed to the website
 





 
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Edema/Lymphedema Management

The lymphatic system serves two very importmant jobs in our bodies:
  • Transporting lymph fluid
  • A major componant to our immune system
When the lymphatic system is damaged, significant problems can occur including:
  • Lymphedema (accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues)
  1. primary lymphedema (congenital malformations of the lymphatic system)
  2. secondary lymphedema (caused by damage to the lymphatic system)
  • Wounds
Treatment includes Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) as well as education:
  • Manual Lymph Drainage- manual intervention that helps to improve activity of the lymph vessels
  • Compression Therapy- progression from bandages to garments to help maintain re-occumulation of fluid
  • Exercises- aide in drainage of the fluid (by activating the muscle pump)
  • Skin Care- important to avoid wound development
It is within the scope of practice for a licensed physical therapist to treat the above.  However, there are PTs who receive further training to manage the lymphatic system and potential problems that can arise.  These therapists have the credentials CLT and those that sit for the national certification by the Lymphology Association of North America and will be credintialed CLT-LANA.

At Partners in Physical Therapy:
We have seen an increase in the number of patients requiring skilled intervention for edema and lymphedema (mostly as secondary lymphedema due to radiation). Therefore, Katie Brittain, PT, DPT, CLT has successfully completed training through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies so that we may better serve the needs of our community.



 
Vestibular and Balance Rehab
Help to maintain greatest amount of function possible with assistive device and
education. May include dizziness, coordination, balance, and falls related to BPPV,
vertigo, Parkinson's, general weakness, stroke...

More Coming soon......



 
 
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Women's Health
Address all areas of health issues specific to women. May include pre and post natal
pain and disability as well as bladder difficulties...

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More coming soon....
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Wellness and Fitness
General health and exercise programs to either prevent injury, recover from injury, or
maintain health status following injury...


More coming soon....