Physical Therapy for Colonie, Schenectady & Albany, NY

Physical therapy can help you get your health and function back after an injury or surgery. Our experienced therapists use the latest technologies and functional, evidence-based therapy techniques to return you to the lifestyle you deserve.

What Are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is beneficial for people of all ages who suffer from medical conditions, a car accident injury or sports injuries, or illnesses that inhibit or limit their regular ability to move and function. A customized physical therapy program can help you return to your normal level of functioning and help prevent further injury down the line. For chronic conditions, a physical therapist can help you manage your pain, keep your muscles fit, and maximize your range of motion.

  • Reduction or Elimination of Pain: Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques treat back pain and provide relief. They also help restore joint and muscle function to reduce pain and prevent it from returning.

  • Avoid Surgery: In some cases, undergoing physical therapy can eliminate your need for surgery after an injury. Even if surgery is required, pre-surgery physical therapy can lay a foundation for a quicker, more complete recovery.

  • Improve Mobility: Through stretching and strengthening exercises, physical therapy helps many patients who have trouble standing, walking, or moving. Our team works with your individual needs to customize a care plan for you.

  • Recovery: If you are recovering from strokes or injuries, physical therapy can make a huge difference in restoring your motor function and movement.

  • Fall Prevention and Improving Your Balance: We provide exercises that safely and carefully challenge your balance to improve your coordination and prevent falls.

  • Age Related Recovery and Restoration: If you’ve developed arthritis or osteoporosis, or if you need a joint replacement, a physical therapist can help you manage and recover.

  • Manage Chronic Conditions: If you suffer from diabetes, a vascular condition, or heart or lung disease, physical therapy can help you strengthen the necessary systems and manage your symptoms.

  • Women’s Health Benefits: Women have specific health concerns relating to pregnancy and postpartum care. Undergoing PT treatment can help manage and prevent many of the challenges that women in these situations experience.

What Can You Expect from Your First Physical Therapy Appointment?

On your first physical therapy visit, a member of our team will perform a consultation and examination. This helps us to better understand your history and condition, and to establish a starting point for therapy. After the examination and thorough review of your medical records, your therapist will develop an individually customized treatment plan based on your functional level, pain intensity, strength, lifestyle, and most importantly, YOU. We work to not only to eliminate your pain, but also to restore your function and improve your quality of life.

For more acute conditions, our therapists use passive modalities (ultrasound, electric stimulation, hot/ice packs) to reduce pain and inflammation. As tolerated, your therapist will use manual therapy techniques (passive stretching, joint mobilization, myofascial release) to restore joints and muscle tissue to a healthier, more flexible state. As you progress, our team of PT professionals will instruct you in an active rehabilitation program to strengthen weakened muscles and to improve endurance, coordination, and balance. This is crucial in order to return to sports, work, hobbies, and other activities of daily living!

Why Do People Go to See a Physical Therapist?

Sports Injury Prevention & Enhancing Performance

There are quite a few benefits that come with going to see a physical therapist. One of these benefits is sports injury prevention. A physical therapist can evaluate your body and figure out what you should and shouldn’t do to prevent injuries in your body. In the same arena, a physical therapist can also tell you what you can do to enhance your physical performance. This could be a variety of things such as stretching more, taking a rest day once a week, or even switching up your diet.

Injury Rehabilitation

The opposite reason of sports injury prevention that people go to a physical therapist for is injury rehabilitation. Basically, if you get hurt while playing a sport or get into an accident then your doctor will most likely recommend you see a physical therapist to aid in recovery. Give Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy a call, if you are looking for a physical therapist in the Albany, NY or Schenectady, NY areas. We hope to hear from you soon!

Fall Prevention

Falls are the major cause of injury in older people, mostly due to age-related health issues such as dementia, heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, and muscle weakness. However, anyone can experience heightened falling risk depending on their individual situation. Physical therapy can help reduce your chances of falling; our therapist will work with you to devise a program that improves balance, strength, and flexibility. We will also examine your home and lifestyle to remove tripping hazards, install helpful hardware such as grab bars, and improve lighting throughout your living space. We will also make sure your hearing and vision are checked regularly, and that any hearing aids or prescription eyewear is kept updated; this helps reduce your chance of falling. Our physical therapist will design a treatment regimen designed on your own personal circumstances. If you want to learn more about how we can help with fall prevention, contact us today!

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries are usually associated with arm weakness, difficulty performing tasks that involve reaching behind your back, disruptive sleep, and more. These injuries are common and become increasingly so with age. By seeing a physical therapist for rotator cuff injuries, you’ll be able to receive help in strengthening the surrounding muscles to compensate for the injured ones.

Joint Pain Relief

Seeing a physical therapist for joint pain will help you to establish a plan for regaining the strength and mobility in your affected joints. Contact us today to start your journey toward joint pain relief.

Back Pain Relief

Untreated back pain can cause damage that may lead to permanent disabilities. Our physical therapists can teach you exercises to improve your posture, increase flexibility, and strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. This will ultimately prevent the pain from returning in the future. Our physical therapist has decades of experience within the field, and has utilized exercises for back pain relief each day. Many people go about their daily lives suffering from pain in their upper and lower backs, but feel as if it is a normal occurrence. While back pain can stem from a multitude of causes, experiencing pain of any sort should never be considered normal. By incorporating physical therapy into your daily routine, patients begin to see an improved quality of life. Our Albany & Schenectady, NY physical therapist carefully inspects each of the symptoms of our patients, then will construct a unique back pain treatment plan that can be practiced in office, as well as at home.

ACL Therapy 

ACL therapy, also known as anterior cruciate ligament therapy, is a specialized treatment designed to help athletes recover from sports injuries. This type of physical therapy focuses on specific ligaments in the knee that are vital in maintaining stability and when moving. ACL therapy helps to restore the ligament’s function, as well as reducing pain and swelling over time. The goal of ACL therapy is to help athletes to resume playing safely and effectively, while also reducing the risk of re-injury. Our physical therapist strives to assist athletes in Albany and Schenectady, NY to effectively recover from their sports injuries.

Whatever your condition, we will be sure that your experience at ACPT is a positive one. Should you have any questions or concerns about back pain treatment or other procedures, please feel free to contact us!