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.
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!
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.