What should I know about physical therapy?

Oct12th 2020

Physical therapy’s fundamental premise is the restoration of mobility, strength and functional movement to allow one to recover from pain, injury or surgery and get back to an fulfilling active pain free lifestyle – whether it is gardening, playing with the kids, work, recreation or sport. It is a proven evidence based aspect of the medical model. A typical course of physical therapy includes an abundance of education and empowerment to allow one to learn of and how to manage their problem(s) for long-term success. Additionally, therapeutic exercise, activity specific functional exercise, and agility and balance (neuromuscular exercises) as well as manual therapy – hands-on approaches to care – are all used to relieve pain, increase range of motion, strength, movement, and restore function. Physical therapists are proven specialists for musculoskeletal rehabilitation  and work closely with physicians. 

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends physical therapy as the first line of care for acute and chronic pain management as it lowers utilization of high-cost medical services, opioid use, and healthcare costs compared to patients who see a physical therapist later in the medical model of treatment, or never see one at all. Early physical therapy is also associated with decreased use of advanced imaging, additional physician visits, surgery and injections when compared to delayed utilization of physical therapy.  Our musculoskeletal physical therapist specialists at Rose City Physical Therapy in Portland, OR can help!

Each patient’s condition is as individual as they are. A knee injury is not a knee injury is not a knee injury (or insert any body part into that statement). You are unique. Your past experiences with pain and/or injury are unique. How you manage pain and limitations in your quality of life are unique. Your overall health status is very individual. Our physical therapists recognize this and treat each patient individually, respecting their uniqueness as well as their specific wishes and goals. A variety of rehabilitation exercise and movement recovery functional activities as well as hands-on techniques,, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels are used. Hands on manual therapy treatments include range of motion stretching, soft tissue/myofascial release, ASTYM, joint mobilizations and/or manipulations, muscle energy techniques, and Jones Counterstrain.

The overall goal is to get you moving, active, healthy and back to doing the things you love through restoring pain-free mobility, strength and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.