On the Mend Physical Therapy is an outpatient practice treating our family of patients with general physical therapy which focuses on rehab and prevention of your muscles and bones (aka:musuloskeletal).
Physical therapy—PT for short—is a healthcare discipline focused on the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Using a combination of active and passive treatment interventions—including manual techniques like massage and manipulation as well as exercises to increase strength and flexibility—physical therapists help their patients recover from surgery or trauma, alleviate chronic pain, increase mobility, and generally improve the quality of their day-to-day lives.
Patients of all ages and physical abilities can benefit from a physical therapy plan of care. In fact, even if you’re not currently experiencing any functional difficulties, a physical therapist can identify areas of imbalance or weakness that may lead to future issues, and then develop a preventative program to correct those deficiencies. Annual physical therapy consultations and musculoskeletal wellness screenings are fast becoming recognized as a crucial component of preventative health care.
While many patients undergo physical therapy in conjunction with other types of medical care, physical therapists are qualified to practice independently, and they will refer patients to other care providers as necessary to address issues that fall outside the PT scope of practice.
Typically, a PT plan of care will include two to three in-office appointments per week. During these visits, your therapist will provide manual treatment, assess your progress, and guide you through your prescribed exercises. Outside of these appointments, most patients complete a home exercise program, or HEP. Your home exercises are integral to your progress, and adhering to your HEP will help ensure that you meet your therapy goals in a timely manner.
Widely recognized as a safer, less costly alternative to more invasive treatments like surgery and prescription medications, physical therapy is an inherently collaborative type of care. Over the course of your treatment, you’ll get to know your therapists—as well as the rest of the clinic staff—very well. It truly is a team environment in which everyone is focused on helping you return an optimal level of function as quickly as possible.