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Physical Therapy is an allied health profession which utilizes a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s movement system, which may include assessment of the neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. The main goals of treatment are to relieve and or control pain, restore and/ or improve mobility and strength and optimize function.
Therapists may use one or a combination of the following interventions to achieve treatment goals:
Physical Therapists are uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat movement system dysfunction. We take a total body assessment and treatment approach to maximize return to functional activity including all forms of work and play.
Sports medicine rehabilitation is as much an awareness of what an athlete needs to be able to return to, as an understanding of what the athlete is diagnosed with. Whether you are a younger athlete who is recovering from an ACL reconstruction wanting to return to the football field, or a mature athlete recovering from a rotator cuff repair wanting to lead climb a summit, an integrative approach of dynamic strength and three-dimensional flexibility gives you the highest probability for success.
Mercy Integrated Physical Therapy belongs to the Rocky Mountain Sports Medicine Foundation and its therapists are committed to staying up to date on current concepts in the field of sports medicine rehabilitation.
Manual physical therapy involves comprehensive evaluation and treatment of specific joint biomechanics. The quality and quantity of joint mobility is assessed utilizing hands-on techniques. Deficits in joint mobility are identified and then corrected with very specific manual mobilization and soft tissue release techniques. Restoring normal joint mechanics and function is an essential component in order to return to fully functional activity.
Myofascial therapy involves the use of deep soft tissue release techniques. The goal of myofascial therapy is to release soft tissue adhesions that may develop following injury, surgery or any chronic inflammatory condition. Tissue adhesions disrupt normal tissue mobility and function. In addition to treatment in the clinic, we will instruct you, or a care giver, on in home treatment to optimize your recovery and return to full function.
Functional medicine is a philosophical shift from treating the area of pain to treating the area of dysfunction. In other words, instead of treating what hurts, we treat what's causing the hurt.
The treatment is performed using positions and movements that closely resemble the activities that we wish to perform. As an example, let's focus on the common scenario of back pain. Many of us experience back pain over the course of our lives, and there are many different ways to go about treating back pain. Often the source of back pain lies in problems occurring in the ankles, hips, or upper back. By performing tests which require the entire body to turn, bend, and rotate throughout space, we can assess where the movement is and isn't occurring. After a thorough assessment, we can prescribe a functional exercise program designed to address all the limitations and thus decrease pain and improve function.
The exercises prescribed will look very similar to activities which you desire to return to. For instance, if you wish to return to golfing, your stretches will look a lot like the backswing and follow-through, and your strengthening exercises will be performed in an upright position and require rotating in a pain free manner. This same approach will be used for all areas in the body.
The results are long-term and we begin to see the transformation quickly. The rehabilitation is fun because the exercises require full body movements and make a lot of sense to people performing them.
Pelvic floor physical therapy involves comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles and other structures that can contribute to the optimal function of the pelvic floor. Deficits are identified and then corrected with specific manual techniques, exercises, and modalities. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be appropriate for the treatment of many conditions, including urinary and/or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and low back pain.
Dry needling is a valuable adjunct treatment to deactivate myofascial trigger points which can cause musculoskeletal pain. This technique involves placing a tiny fine gauge needle into a muscle to release shortened bands and help to reset a muscle. During treatment, a muscle will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp or twitch, and the patient may feel a reproduction of their pain which is a helpful diagnostic indicator. Patients soon learn to recognize this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle. This is not traditional Chinese acupuncture but instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective.
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