Physical Therapy Services
The primary goal of the professional staff in our facility is to return the injured worker to productive employment as soon as possible. For the best result, our physical therapist/assistant works closely with the injured employee, the employee’s physician, the employer and the insurance carrier.
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Functional Capacity Evaluation is used for a variety of reasons. It can be used to develop a treatment program, to measure the physical abilities of patients before and after a rehabilitation program, to modify a rehabilitation treatment, but mostly to evaluate an individual’s capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment.
The FCE process compares the individual’s health status and body functions and structures to the demands of the job and the work environment.
Who Can Benefit From an FCE?
- Someone who has been injured on the job to determine his or her ability to return to the job or alternate work
- Someone applying for Social Security Disability benefits
- Someone seeking to return to work or volunteer activities after an injury or illness
- Someone injured in a catastrophic accident (i.e., automobile accident) for whom an FCE can determine performance skills and abilities related to resuming former employment or a new job
- Someone seeking vocational rehabilitation services
- Students receiving transitional services from school to the work setting to determine their skills and the extent of support required to perform in a job
An intensive, work-related, goal oriented conditioning program used to restore neuromusculoskeletal functions, muscle performance, motor function, range of motion and cardiovascular function. The objective of this program is to restore physical capacity and function in order for a patient to return to work. The Work Conditioning patient may have a job goal, but may not necessarily be returning to work at their previous employment position. Participation time is in multi-hour sessions up to 4 hours/day with a frequency of up to 5 days/week. A Work Conditioning program utilizes physical conditioning and functional activities to achieve its objectives.
Manual therapy techniques are performed with the goal of improving tissue extensibility, increasing range of motion, inducing relaxation, decreasing pain, reducing soft tissue inflammation, optimizing posture and improving function. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.
A great number of injuries occur in the context of recreational physical activities and competitive athletics. Adherence to sport injury rehabilitation means an injured athlete’s compliance to sports medicine/injury personnel’s instructions of participating in a rehabilitation program in a clinic, and/or doing rehabilitation exercises at home. This can include: Injury assessment, treatment, education & prevention of knee, shoulder, foot, ankle, back, neck, elbow and wrist.
Spinal Stabilization Program
The main goals of Spinal Stabilization exercises are to reduce amount of back pain, gain control over the movements of the spine during daily activity thereby creating a healing environment. It also helps heal soft-tissue injury, such as muscle strain and torn ligaments, reduce the chance of back injury due to repetitive motions or sudden movements or stresses.
Pre- & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
The purpose of pre-surgical physical therapy will vary. At minimum, your therapist will discuss your post-surgical precautions and/or restrictions. You may be instructed on how to safely move in bed, get in and out of a chair, and use an assistive device, such as crutches or a walker. You may be given exercises to perform at home in order to maximize your range of motion before surgery. Post-surgical rehabilitation is to return you to your prior level of physical function. This includes successful return to your work, recreational activities, and competitive sports.
Individual Exercise Program
A broad range of activities intended to improve strength, range of motion (including muscle length), cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, or to otherwise increase a person’s functional capacity. An individualized program is established, taught and monitored by a physical therapist/assistant that is based on an initial evaluation and aimed at achieving specific goals of each individual patient.