Physical Therapy in New Jersey
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Physical Therapy: The treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise, manual treatment and application of modalities intended to restore normal level of function.
There are some misperceptions about just what physical therapy is. Some people think it’s only for the football player recovering from ACL surgery. Others think physical therapy is mainly for those who’ve suffered a serious debilitation, such as a stroke.
The reality is that physical therapy has a simple, straightforward goal — to help a person improve or restore their physical function, helping them move better, and helping relieve physical pain. A physical therapist prevents, minimizes, or eliminates impairments of body functions and structures, removes activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Their work runs through conditions involving all parts and functions of the body.
That’s where the team at Pro Staff Institute shines — in getting our patients back to full function, whether after injury, surgery, or simply due to a chronic condition. If you are looking for physical therapy treatment in New Jersey we have locations in the following locations:
What can be treated with physical therapy?
Physical therapy is literally a head-to-toe resource. At Pro Staff, our Physical Therapists work on conditions that occur in or affect every area of the body — from vertigo caused in the inner ear to tennis elbow in the arm, from rhomboid strain in the back to urinary incontinence in the pelvis, from Achilles tendonitis in the lower leg to plantar fasciitis in the foot. Physical therapy successfully helps address a range of body issues far beyond just rehabbing a surgically repaired knee.
Here are areas where physical therapy can help
- Recovery from injury
We use physical therapy to help our patients recover from injury and avoid future injury. We help you reduce pain in the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments), build muscle strength, and improve flexibility, function, and range of motion. We also make suggestions on how to do the activity that injured you in a way that will preclude injury in the future.
- Chronic health conditions
At Pro Staff, our physical therapists help our patients live with chronic health conditions such as arthritis or spinal disk problems. We work with you to establish your goals and then create a program of educational, range-of-motion, strengthening, and endurance activities to lessen the impact of the condition on your day-to-day existence.
- Part of a rehabilitation team
When a condition causes serious disability and affects several body systems an entire team of health professionals will be involved and PTs are an important part of it. Conditions such as spinal cord injuries, strokes, and heart and lung problems all involve treatment teams. PTs will address issues with range of motion, strength, endurance, mobility, and safety.
- Childhood health conditions
Physical Therapists also work with children with major injuries or health conditions such as cerebral palsy. Increasing their range of motion, strength, endurance, and mobility can make a huge impact in the child’s quality of life.
How long will I need to have physical therapy?
It’s tempting to put a deadline or an end date on the physical therapy you’re receiving, but there is no stock timeline. Why? Because every person’s situation is unique, just as the rate at which the person heals or responds to treatment is unique.
It may take one person only three days to walk 100 feet after knee surgery, while another person may need twice that long. These differences can involve motivation, pain perception/tolerance, and variable healing rates.
Rather than setting an ending date, at Pro Staff we feel it’s better to set various goals that together we seek to achieve with your rehabilitation program. Make achieving these goals the focus, not an end date.
People often equate the physical therapist only as the person who stretches range of motion in the pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery. Or the person pushing the running back to work his rebuilt knee. They think physical therapy is basically for recovery from sports injuries, but that is really only a portion of what PTs do.
As mentioned above, PTs help with conditions and injuries that occur across the entire body. At Pro Staff, our PTs lessen the impact of arthritis, ease the symptoms of TMJ/TMD, even work to overcome carpal tunnel syndrome. Sport injuries are just a part of what we do.
What’s the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
People confuse the roles of physical therapists and occupational therapists (OTs). While both PTs and OTs play important roles in helping people heal from injuries, recover strength, flexibility, and function, their focus is dramatically different.
Physical Therapists typically evaluate and treat patients who have injuries, birth defects, and medical conditions. OTs address those same challenges, but their role is to teach patients how to become more independent in their everyday tasks and lives. A PT would work on stretching muscles and improving mobility to reduce pain and stiffness, or to heal an injury. The OT would help that same person re-think or re-learn his or her daily activities at work and around the home. If you’ve had a hip replacement, for instance, the PT would help you regain strength and mobility, and then teach you how to walk to the kitchen. The OT would teach you how to easily do the things you need to do in the kitchen.
If you think of it by name alone, the “physical” versus “occupational” is very descriptive of the difference between PTs and OTs.
Does insurance cover physical therapy?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, workers’ compensation, and private insurers pay for physical therapy services that are deemed medically necessary and that are provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
While most physical therapy is covered as a part of the recovery process, there can be times when the amount covered by insurance runs out before you feel you are fully recovered. In these cases, at Pro Staff we will negotiate with your insurance company to try and extend your benefits.
Is physical therapy painful?
In most cases, the goal of physical therapy is to relieve pain. But to get to that place, there may be pain involved. There can a bit of “no pain, no gain.” The goal is to recover your range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, getting there can be painful. For instance, recovering your range of motion after shoulder surgery will likely involve some stretching that will be painful. This is because the movements may involve breaking down scar tissue and the like. It’s up to you to communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of any pain to your PT. He or she can then adjust the treatment.
We specialize in treatment of the following conditions and many more.
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. Arthritis is commonly caused by inflammation in the lining of the joints, which in addition to pain, may result in redness, heat, swelling and loss of movement in the affected joints. Over time, joints affected by arthritis may become severely damaged. There are different types of arthritis, and depending on the cause, may affect people of different ages. Some types of arthritis may cause to damage to other soft tissue of the body, such as tendons and ligaments, in addition to the joints.
Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon that occurs as a result of aging, overuse or injury. A tendon is the flexible cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. This condition can occur anywhere in the body, but most often occurs in joints such as the shoulder, wrist, heel and elbow. Severe tendonitis can lead to a rupturing of the tendon and may require surgery.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. VRT can help with a variety of vestibular problems including BPPV, labryinthitis, vestibular neuritis, stroke, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.
The spine is the main support for the human body and provides protection for the spinal cord. It is comprised of 33 vertebrae that permit you to maintain an upright position as well as bend.
Back pain and medical spine problems can be caused by:
- Mechanical difficulties when you move your spine in a specific manner
- Injuries such as a sprain or fracture
- Conditions such as arthritis or scoliosis
Conservative forms of treatment will generally be the first line of defense against most forms of back pain. This may include medication to reduce pain, such as aspirin and acetaminophen, or medication to reduce swelling and inflammation, such as ibuprofen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Physical therapy is often effective, with patients practicing exercises to improve flexibility and strength.
Neck pain, or a stiff neck, involves discomfort and possibly soreness in the neck. Often it becomes painful to turn the head. The majority of neck pain cases are the result of muscle strain in the neck, often brought on by poor posture, awkward sleep positions or a jarring movement. If the nerves are affected, you may experience tingling, numbness or a weakening of the neck, arm or hand. More serious causes of neck pain include falls, accidents, problems in the spinal canal or vertebrae and fibromyalgia.
In most cases, the neck pain should go away after several days of reduced activity, use of over-the-counter pain relievers and applications of heat and ice. If it is not improving, your doctor can perform an examination of the area to determine whether there is an underlying medical condition causing the discomfort.
For more information about our Physical Therapy services, or to schedule an appointment, please call 973.928.3590.