Physical therapy is a broad term which encompasses any treatment to heal injuries and improve overall strength and mobility. At NJ Health and Injury, we have a licensed Physical Therapist dedicated to helping patients with an array of injuries. Over the years we have been serving the community, we have successfully rehabilitated patients with various medical conditions and even helped some patients avoid surgery and long-term dependency on pharmaceutical painkillers. Our doctors will work closely in conjunction with our physical therapist to diagnose conditions in patients and develop an individualized plan to facilitate the rehabilitation of the patient.
There is some overlap between physical therapy and chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation and muscle release techniques. Treatments that involve bodily motion or the use of exercise tools can often be performed by a licensed physical therapist. However the diagnosis and treatment of more complex conditions and the realignment of joints must be performed by a licensed chiropractor. Common physical therapy treatment methods include having the patient do strength training, endurance exercises, and stretching. We also have ultrasound and tools for electrical muscle stimulation and joint mobilization.
Types of Physical Therapy
There are 6 sub-specialties in the field of physical therapy which are widely recognized.
- Orthopedic Physical Therapy: This is the most common association that people make when they think of physical therapy. We treat patients with sports injuries and fractures, along with those who have impaired function in their joints.
- Geriatric Physical Therapy: Geriatric therapy focuses on the needs of older adults and the elderly. Our therapist treats patients with Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, and osteoporosis. We also rehabilitate patients who have undergone surgeries such as hip, knee, or joint replacement with the goal or minimizing pain and restoring full mobility.
- Pediatric Physical Therapy: This treatment is focused on the unique needs of infants, young children, and adolescents up to the age of 18. Pediatric therapy helps to build muscular and skeletal strength and overcome diseases or injuries. We treat pediatric patients with birth defects, developmental delays, genetic disorders, orthopedic disabilities, and limb defects.
- Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: We treat patients with cardiovascular issues to optimize endurance and minimize the possibility of a heart attack. If necessary, our team will work with a cardiologist or cardiothoracic surgeon to coordinate care individually tailored to each patient’s treatment plan.
- Neurological Physical Therapy: We treat patients who have experienced spinal cord injuries and strokes, along with patients who have long-term neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Through appropriate exercise and physical therapy, the long-term effects of chronic neurological disease may be alleviated or even reversed.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation: Our team treats patients experiencing chronic dizziness and vertigo to build endurance and improve balance and overall posture.
Patient Evaluation and Treatment
Our office serves a diverse patient population with varying lifestyles. Patients who undergo physical therapy with our physical therapist are often referred by physicians in other specialties or by one of our chiropractors in conjunction with chiropractic treatment. Our goal is to minimize the possibility that a patient will have to undergo surgery or be dependent on pharmaceutical painkillers. In addition to treating patients with bone injuries and fractures, our team will evaluate geriatric patients and patients with cardiovascular and/or neurological conditions. If our doctors feel that a patient would benefit from physical therapy, we will initiate the process by referring the patient to our physical therapist for an initial evaluation. If more comprehensive treatment is needed, the patient may be referred to other medical professionals such as podiatrists or orthopedists.
If a patient needs physical therapy as the result of an accidental injury resulting from the negligence of another person or party, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance or workers compensation will likely cover most or all of the cost of treatment. Our team at NJ Health & Injury Solutions has a terrific relationship with the most prominent injury lawyers in the community, along with a thorough understanding of the laws regulating insurance payouts. We will work diligently on behalf of all injury patients to ensure that cost will not be a barrier to receiving physical therapy and all necessary rehabilitative care.
During the initial evaluation, the physical therapist work in conjunction with one of our doctors to evaluate the patient’s overall health, lifestyle choices, and goals for long-term rehabilitation. Patients should not hesitate to ask questions. Upon evaluating the patient and reviewing all medical records, our team will develop a multifaceted treatment plan suited to the patient. To maximize the likelihood of successful rehabilitation, it is important for patients to be fully committed to following the treatment plan and lifestyle modifications recommended by our team. With personalized physical therapy, our primary goal is to improve our patients’ quality of life through long-term rehabilitation and the prevention of future injuries. If you are interested in learning more about our physical therapy offerings, please contact NJ Health & Injury to schedule a consultation with our physical therapist.