Manual Therapy Services
Our clinicians received extensive formal education and training to be proficient in utilizing a variety of manual skills. These skills include soft tissue manipulation, scar tissue release, myofascial release, massage, joint and spine mobilization and manipulation. The clinicians at Doctors of Physical Therapy adjust the techniques to the patients’ needs and tailor treatment protocols to facilitate excellent outcomes and improve function. The therapist utilizes treatment protocols for patients with a variety of conditions including but not limited to fibromyalgia, spine disorders, chronic pain, and post surgical treatment. We take every step to facilitate efficient and effective care using techniques supported by evidence based medicine.
Orthopedics Manual Therapy Services
is a specialized area of physical therapy for the management of neuromusculo-skeletal conditions,based on clinical reasoning.Our clinicians use highly specific treatment based on evidence based medicine including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. It is based on the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient.
Sports Medicine and Sport Performance Services
Our clinicians have extensive knowledge and expertise to work with avid athletes of all ages. All of the clinicians at DPT have had formal education and continue to advance their expertise to treat athletes with all types of injuries, including ACL reconstruction, post shoulder dislocations, strains, sprains, tendonitis, running dysfunctions, fractures, and back problems. Our goal is to achieve a speedy recovery for our patients by utilizing the most advanced and scientifically supported treatment protocols. We teach and instruct the patient giving them effective training tools to avoid future injuries. We have worked with elite athletes from soccer teams, basketball players, gymnasts, professional ballet dancers, baseball players, runners, triathletes and many more.
Workers’ Compensation Case Consultation Services
We offer Workers’ Compensation consultations including:
- Medical records review services
- Utilization review
- Intermediaries in assessments of services provided to their clients in the area of rehabilitation.
We review records and opine on the appropriate use of modalities and treatment protocols as well as consistency of those programs based on national standards of practice, professional guidelines, and state regulations ensuring evidence based intervention is provided. It also ensures interventions are medically necessary and over utilization does not occur.
Functional Capacity Evaluations
An FCE is a battery of tests designed to investigate, determine, and report the client’s ability
to perform work related job demands. At DPT we utilize The Matheson System which established high standards for industry by implementing all scientifically supported tests and measures which have been published and reviewed for validity. We individualize the assessment to the client’s needs and attempt to answer all questions posed regarding vocational needs. Safety, reliability and practicality are practiced diligently throughout the tests.
At Doctors of Physical Therapy, all FCEs are performed by a doctorate level therapist to ensure the highest validity and reliability of the test. There is not a national regulatory board that oversees the performance and standards of FCE assessments. As a result, non health care individuals can attend training courses to gain FCE certification, however this training may only be limited to a few days of lecture and practice. Reliability and validity of an FCE assessment performed by such an individual should be questioned as they may not have the formal, extensive training in health care or in a medical field and may not have the knowledge and expertise to evaluate and interpret tests results with regard to specific medical conditions and disorders. When ordering an FCE, ask for the credentials of the person performing the FCE!
Work Conditioning Services
Doctors of Physical Therapy tailors the treatment protocols to meet the needs of the patient based on that patient’s physical abilities and future vocational needs. The therapist works closely with the patient to assure that their needs and rehabilitation goals are met. The program is adjusted based on the patient’s response to the physical tests and physical job demands. Patients are not only given the tools to improve their physical health and performance but they also receive all of the necessary training to utilize proper body mechanics and safety precautions to avoid future injuries and become a safer worker. Our goal is to restore the patient’s physical abilities, restore endurance and return them to work safely.
This program incorporates use of extensive objective evidenced based balance tests and measures to identify possible risk for falls and to recognize other balance disorders. We provide in home assessment to eliminate barriers and identify safety risks in the home environment which may contribute to falls and injuries. We provide screening for and treatment for Benign Positional Vertigo. We utilize habitual exercises to assist the patient in recovery and achieve long term positive outcomes and give them life-long skills to manage their symptoms.