What does a therapist do?
Therapists treat a wide range of conditions, with the goal of restoring joint and muscle function. Amputations, fractures, sprains, postoperative rehabilitation and chronic pain are addressed with an eclectic blending of evidence based methods and experience – a holistic combination of scientific knowledge and human touch. You can read about ATLAS Physical Therapists advanced training on this page.
In addition to reviewing your important medical/surgical history, your therapist will examine you and make a treatment plan. Some patients will come with a diagnostic category already established. Others will need further evaluation to discover the cause of their condition. Once a diagnostic category is reached, specific treatment methods and modalities can be utilized.
A number of different approaches may be used to improve your condition, including manual therapy and physical treatments designed to improve your flexibility, strength and endurance. The approach used is individualized, and could include, for example – fascia release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, education and pain management.
Your therapist may also use treatment modalities such as ultrasound, combinations of heat, cold, water, ultrasound, iontophoresis, galvanic stimulation, paraffin bath, traction, controlled electrical stimulation (TENS) as well as custom orthotics.
Additionally, customized exercises may be utilized to produce relief and healing. Nerves and muscles may require re-education/training and rehabilitation. The therapist also works to increase endurance and stability, improving the quality of self-care long after the clinic visit.