Pain and decreased function occur as a result of traumatic injury, disease, repetitive wear on soft tissue or joints, age related changes, poor posture/body mechanics, or surgery. In most cases, one or more body regions are involved.
Whole Body Treatment Approach
In order to resolve and provide long term management for a condition, a whole body treatment approach is required. Our therapists are trained to evaluate and treat the whole body in a one on one treatment approach with a manual therapy emphasis. This means you will have one therapist throughout your physical therapy care. This approach ensures a condition can be successfully treated from beginning to end and minimizes the risk that aspects of a condition are not overlooked.
Understand How Your Body Functions
Our goal is to help you understand how your body functions and provide effective treatment interventions to progress you toward your long term goals. Our treatment approach is focused on hands on manual therapy, body re-education, and exercise instruction with the patient performing self-management activities at home.
Provide Skilled Treatment Plans
The goal of our treatment sessions is to provide you with skilled services that you can’t perform yourself. This means we are not going to put you on an exercise bike and walk away and charge you as many other physical therapists do. We emphasize continuing education for our therapists in order to provide a diverse range of treatment options for effective resolution of even the most difficult conditions which may have failed to be resolved at other physical therapy clinics. Our number one goal is to provide you with the best physical therapy care in southeastern Wisconsin so that you will look to us for current and future physical therapy treatments.
What is Manual Therapy and Who Performs it?
Manual therapy is defined as a skilled passive movement of a joint or soft tissue to restore normal joint and tissue mobility. Examples of manual therapy regularly performed at our clinic include spine and joint manipulation, myofascial release, soft tissue massage, and cupping. Physical therapists perform manual therapy by using specific hand placement and application of forces to restore normal tissue and joint mobility in conjunction with other physical therapy techniques, modalities, and exercises.
How Does Manual Therapy Work?
The human body is designed to heal itself from injury when the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular system are balanced. Manual therapy is a hands on approach to restore this balance in individual systems of the body to maximize healing. This includes restoring joint mobility, soft tissue mobility, muscle length/tension, and proper postural alignment. When these systems are restored, the body will be allowed to complete the healing process leading to pain free function and movement.
Which Patients Can Receive Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is appropriate for all patients and is a cornerstone of our treatment approach. However, the manual techniques used will vary based on the physical therapy evaluation, history, and physical examination.
Back Pain is The Most Common Issue Treated
About 80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their life. Back pain can originate from a variety of causes which can include:
- Sprains & Strains
- Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
- Herniated or Ruptured Discs
- Traumatic Injury
- Spinal Stenosis
- Skeletal Irregularities
Treat Back Pain With Early Intervention
Back pain can be effectively treated with early intervention depending on the severity of the injury. The three stages of back pain which exist are acute (1-4 weeks), sub-acute (4-12 weeks), and chronic (greater than 12 weeks). Patients will want to seek out treatment for lower back pain within the first 4 weeks of experiencing pain for efficient recovery. Even if a patient has been experiencing chronic lower back pain, healing can still take place and lead to a pain free life. With lower back conditions, prior tissue impairments may be present which prevent self-healing of lower back pain.
Lower Back Pain
Our approach to lower back pain considers prior function and focuses on restoring normal tissue and joint mobility, proper postural alignment, and correct tissue mobility which may have led to back pain and prevented self-healing to occur. Our therapists are determined to conservatively eliminate lower back pain and improve functional performance with the vast treatment options offered at Advanced Spine and Sport Rehabilitation.
[Statistic obtained from source: Low Back Pain Fact Sheet," NINDS. Publication date December 2014. NIH Publication No. 15-5161]
Sports Injury Rehab
Athletes and physically active individuals are susceptible to a wide range injuries. These injuries can stem from:
- Direct Trauma
- Chronic Overuse
- Faulty Body Mechanics
Any Sports Injury can Dramatically Impact an Athlete’s Physical Performance
Our therapist have experience at treating various types of sports injuries in individuals at various skill levels including:
- Grade School
- High School
- Professional Athletes
In addition to the treatment provided at our rehab facility, we have access to a full state of the art fitness facility at Razor Sharp Fitness. This allows us to transition athletes from initial injury to optimum sports performance.