What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is the use of various forms of exercise and manual, “hands-on” techniques, often in conjunction with physical modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and water, designed to reduce symptoms and restore normal function and activity.
The treatment programs utilized at Excel Physical Therapy are designed, performed and supervised by licensed Physical Therapists. To become licensed, the Physical Therapist must have a Bachelors degree then obtain a Masters or Ph.D in Physical Therapy. They must then pass a national board exam.
Remember only a Licensed Physical Therapist can safely offer you “Physical Therapy” services
What is a Physical Therapist?
Physical Therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.
Who Needs Physical Therapy?
Anyone suffering from an ache or pain, stiff joints, muscle weakness, movement problems or recovering from any type of surgery, injury or illness may benefit from physical therapy.
Whether you are a construction worker or a “desk jockey”, an 8-year-old soccer player or high school gymnast, a senior citizen or teenager, an Olympic athlete or “weekend warrior”, Excel Physical Therapy can help you get back to doing what you do!
How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?
If you have suffered from an injury or illness or you are recovering from a surgery, a comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan created by our professional, licensed therpists will be used to help you get rid of your painful symptoms and restore your strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination, function and mobility back to normal.
What Conditions Are Commonly Treated By Physical Therapists?
- Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Sprains and Strains
- Sport Injuries
- Pre and Post Orthopedic Surgery (i.e. Torn Ligaments)
- Degenerative Disk Disease
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpel Tunnel
- Frozen Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Overuse Injuries
- Post-fracture Weakness/Stiffness
- Muscular Headaches
- Other Conditions (Burns, Wound Care, Lymphedema, CVA (Stroke), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Pregnancy Related Conditions)
Is Physical Therapy Covered Under My Health Insurance?
Almost all insurance products have some form of coverage for physical therapy. Check with your specific plan to see what benefits you have for physical therapy. Excel participates with most health insurance plans plus Worker’s Compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, PPOs and auto insurance. *Excel is an “in-network” provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.*
How Do I Make An Appointment To See A Physical Therapist?
You can call us directly to set up an appointment or click on the Make an Appointment button at any time.
How Long Will My First Appointment Take?
You should plan on 60-90 minutes for your first visit. This appointment will include an evaluation and some type of treatment depending on your condition. Follow- up visits will be discussed and the length of those visits will be determined based on the patient’s needs.
What Should I Bring Or Wear To My First Appointment?
As a patient, you should wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Also, bring your physical therapy script from your physician and your insurance card. Copies of medical records are not required, but may be helpful for your physical therapist to review.