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Physical Therapy

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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists are the medical experts in evaluating and rehabilitating those suffering from pain or injury of the musculoskeletal system. Our team of experts will work with you to improve your ability to move and function, while also benefiting from your general fitness and health.

Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists help people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; neurological 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.

What to Expect

When a physical therapist sees a patient for the first time, he or she examines that individual and develops a treatment plan that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restores function, and prevent 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 therapy 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. Utilizing our fitness facility allows patients to accomplish their goals more quickly, promotes independence and wellness, and may reduce the number of physical therapy visits and save money on co-payments. 

Get Started Today

Please contact any of our Pinnacle locations to learn how we can help you today or review our Patient Resources for new patient paperwork.

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