Physical Therapy in NJ*
Physical therapy may be all that some people need for pain relief, improved mobility and function. However, therapy may also be prescribed before a surgical procedure to prepare the body for the best outcomes and/or after orthopedic surgery for rehabilitation. In addition, our physical therapists offer sports specific injury prevention to minimize the risk of injury by establishing or maintaining a reliable exercise program.
Physical therapy is an effective treatment method dedicated to improving movement and functionality in people whose age, disease or injury has restricted them. These programs help patients recover through the use of restorative exercises that focus on developing muscle strength, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and overall pain relief. With our physical therapy services, we strive to promote overall health and fitness to aid in the patient's recovery, and also to prevent re-injury and maximize the patient's quality of life.
Our physical therapy programs in Monroe NJ may be recommended as an initial form of treatment for certain conditions or injuries, or may be needed after surgical treatment to restore strength and function to the targeted area.
Some musculoskeletal injuries can be successfully resolved conservatively – with physical therapy (PT). CCMC offers an onsite physical therapy team of compassionate rehabilitation therapists. Our caring rehabilitation team works closely with our orthopedic surgeons and physiatrist to deliver a seamless continuum of care.
Our hands-on physical therapists perform comprehensive evaluations and develop treatment plans specific to each patients' goals. Our therapists use many methods to help our patients achieve their goals, such as therapeutic exercise, modalities, and manual techniques. We take pride in helping our patients resume their favorite activities as quickly, safely, and independently as possible.
Types of Physical Therapy
Just like the field of medicine, physical therapy has many specialty areas that can help patients with different types of injuries or diseases. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties recognizes these areas:
- Manual Therapy
- Maitland Concept
- McKenzie Method
- Mulligan Technique
- Graston Technique
- Sports Physical Therapy
- Theraputic Exercises
- Postural Corrections
- Electric Simulation
- Kinesio Taping
- Vibration Massage
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Core Stabilization Program
- Home Management Program
- Physical Performance Testing
- Neuro-Muscular Education
Physical therapists use a combination of exercises and stretches to aid their patients. When these are combined with well-known relaxation and recuperation techniques, such as electro-stimulus and hot-cold treatments, physical therapists have a vast collection of activities for their patients to engage in.
Personalized Physical Therapy Programs
Your doctor will create a unique program for your individual condition to help heal your injuries or ensure that you fully recover from your procedure. These programs may be administered just once or twice, or on a regular basis for several months or years. Your program may be tailored more specifically throughout treatment based on your progress.
For the most effective results, it is important for patients to maintain open communication with their therapist to determine which exercises are most useful to each individual patient. Many patients experience successful rehabilitation from this form of treatment.
Physical Therapy Sessions
Many physical therapy sessions will begin with a heating and/or stretching session to prepare the body for the mechanical work it is about to endure. This is not to say physical therapy exercises are extremely demanding, but given the circumstances that most patients are a substandard physical specimen, the extra preparation could be vital to ensuring a smooth workout.
The core of the physical therapy session usually involves physical exercises designed around the patient's condition to strengthen the body. These exercises normally progress in difficulty and intensity over the course of many sessions. For example, a patient recovering from knee surgery may start with light leg lifts with just an ankle-weight, but may progress to using the treadmill and actual quadriceps and hamstrings machines.
Additionally, some physical therapists can be holistic in their approach, training more than just the problematic area. In the previous example, the patient may be given a short duration workout on the arm-bike to promote upper body strength while their lower body is out of commission.
A physical therapy session usually ends with an icing session or therapeutic massage; electro-stimulus may be utilized again during this cool down period. The physical therapist will record and may state the patient's progress for the day, as well as possible goals for the next session.
It is important to note that in many cases, a good deal of therapy can be done outside of the therapist's office. It is always a good idea to ask your doctor and/or physical therapist for exercises or stretches you can safely do at home to speed the recovery rate.
Dedication to the physical therapy program and entire rehabilitation process are essential to achieving effective results.
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 10,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers.
The DRX9000(C)™ - is designed to relieve pressure on the anatomical structures that cause neck and lower back pain. This non-surgical procedure was developed for the treatment of pain and disabling neck and lower back conditions caused by disc herniations, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, stenosis and posterior facet syndrome.
How Does It Work?
The bones of the spine are slowly and methodically separated using the state of the art DRX9000(C) Spinal Decompression Unit. While the vertebrae are separated, pressure is slowly reduced within the disc (intradiscal pressure) until a vacuum is formed. This vacuum pulls the gelatin center of the disc back inside, reducing the bulging disc or herniated disc. Substantial disc bulge reduction takes pressure off the spinal nerves and drastically reduces disability and pain. The vacuum also pulls necessary oxygen, fluid and nutrients into injured and degenerated discs allowing the healing to begin.
If you are suffering with chronic back pain, hip pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling we can help.
What Will You Experience During Treatment?
Light side effects during the first few sessions are common with this type of therapy. Mild muscular soreness during or after treatment may occur. The soreness may be similar to what you may feel after starting a new workout or exercise program. Most patients find this type of therapy comfortable and relaxing. The DVD/CD player on this machine makes it easy to relax, kick back and enjoy some music or an episode of one of your favorite tv shows.
During an average 20-45 minute treatment, most patients experience a gentle stretch. After each treatment is complete, one of our providers will put a cold pack on the area that was treated and sometimes even some electrical stimulation.
At our facility we always pair the DRX with therapy treatments to help loosen restrictions, improve posture and promote strengthening.
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