Physical Therapy

July 12, 2018

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose individuals of all ages, who have pain, medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.  Patients are seen with a variety of impairments involving various systems including: neurological, musculoskeletal, vestibular and lymphatic.

What does a Physical Therapist Do? 

PTs examine their patients and develop a treatment plan focused on your individual goals using interventions to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.  Patients can expect a one-on-one 60 minute initial evaluation with follow up visits lasting 30-45 minutes.

Who Needs to See a Physical Therapist?

There are a wide variety of reasons a patient may need to see a physical therapist. This includes:

  • Acute and Chronic pain
  • Post-surgery: Hip replacement, knee replacement, shoulder replacement, ankle replacements and fusions, rotator cuff repair, spinal fusions, laminectomy, discectomy, ACL repair, meniscectomy
  • Joint pain/Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lymphedema
  • Sports injuries
  • Balance and Vestibular disorders including: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Post-Concussion
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Alzheimer’s

What Treatments are Offered at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital? 

Manual therapy:  This is a form of skilled hand movements with a primary focus to improve soft tissue mobility, joint range of motion, and pain levels in order for a person to return to a prior level of function without difficulty. Although our therapists primarily use there hands for manual techniques they also may use instruments to assist them with the desired treatment plan.

Therapeutic exercises:

Therapeutic Activities:

Neuromuscular re-education:

Gait training:


Mckenzie Method-Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)

Patient education and home exercise program instruction:

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