Here at Hope Therapy Center, our physical therapy staff is serious about providing you with the best research supported treatment available. You can expect to receive a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed physical therapist who will develop an individualized treatment plan to ensure that you will reach your goals. We provide skilled treatment to patients from infants to geriatric adults with both orthopedic and neurological conditions. We treat patients with everything from tennis elbow to stroke. Upon becoming a patient at Hope Therapy Center, you will discover that we love helping patients and we love our chosen profession.
There are many specialty areas in the field of physical therapy. Although this is well known throughout the profession, it is often overlooked by the general public. Below is a brief description of the most common specialty areas in physical therapy. Read on to find out what specialty area is most appropriate for you or your family member.
Orthopedic physical therapists diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system as well as rehabilitate patients after orthopedic surgery. This specialty of physical therapy is most often found in the outpatient clinical setting. Orthopedic therapists are trained in the treatment of postoperative joints, back and neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis, and amputations just to name a few. Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body will benefit from assessment by a physical therapist specialized in orthopedics.
Geriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging, but is usually focused on the older adult. There are many conditions that affect many people as they grow older which include but are not limited to: neck and back pain, arthritis, poor balance and risk of falling, osteoporosis, hip and joint replacement, and more.
Geriatric physical therapy helps those affected by such problems by developing a specialized program to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness levels, decrease likelihood of injury from falls and more.
Neurological physical therapy is a discipline focused on working with individuals who have a neurological disorder or disease. These include stroke, multiple sclerosis, ALS, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injury. Common problems of patients with neurological disorders can include impaired ability to walk, decreased strength, poor balance, loss of functional independence, paralysis, and vision impairment. Therapists work with patients to improve these areas of dysfunction so they can return to the highest level of function and get back to life to the fullest extent possible.