Physical therapy is used to treat a large variety of injuries or conditions. Because we are one of the largest independently-owned providers of physical therapy in Wisconsin, we are able to provide the highest level of care for every patient we see.
We make sure you:
- Get a comprehensive assessment
- Are seen in a timely manner
- Understand your treatment plan
- Receive treatment from a consistent therapist
- Recover from your injury
- Learn how to avoid injury in the future
Our Therapists Focus On
Work Comp Injuries
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their job. Physical therapy may be necessary for those who have suffered a workers’ compensation injury to help them regain strength, flexibility, and mobility. The goal of physical therapy for workers’ compensation injuries is to help the injured employee return to their regular job duties as soon as and as safely as possible. Physical therapy may include exercises, manual therapy, and modalities for pain relief such as education on injury prevention and proper body mechanics. Physical therapists who specialize in workers’ compensation injuries may work closely with the injured employee’s employer, insurance company and medical providers to create a customized treatment plan.
Low Back Pain
Low back pain can have various causes, including muscle strain, spinal arthritis, herniated disc, or degenerative disc disease. Physical therapy aims to reduce pain and improve function by targeting the underlying cause of low back pain. A thorough assessment of the patient’s condition is necessary to determine the best course of physical therapy treatment. Physical therapy can involve passive treatments (e.g., massage, heat therapy) and active treatments (e.g., exercise, stretching). Exercises that strengthen the muscles in the lower back and core are particularly important for treating low back pain. Physical therapy sessions generally last several weeks, with 2-3 sessions per week. Patients are usually given a home exercise program to continue their recovery outside of physical therapy sessions. Some physical therapy techniques may include spinal manipulation or mobilization. Education about posture and body mechanics is often included in physical therapy treatment for low back pain. Physical therapy can help patients avoid surgery or have better outcomes after surgery. Patients may need to make lifestyle changes to prevent recurring low back pain. Physical therapy can help patients recover their physical function, allowing them to return to work, hobbies, or daily tasks.
Neck pain can have a variety of causes, including muscle strain, poor posture, and degenerative conditions. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment for neck pain, helping to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent future episodes of pain. Common physical therapy techniques for neck pain include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and postural training. Manual therapy involves hands-on techniques such as massage, mobilization, and manipulation to improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and release tight muscles. Therapeutic exercises can help to improve neck strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well as improve posture and reduce muscle tension. Postural training involves teaching patients proper alignment and positioning to reduce strain and stress on the neck. The duration of physical therapy for neck pain will depend on the severity and cause of the pain, but it typically involves several sessions over a period of several weeks to several months.
Hip pain can have various causes, such as osteoarthritis, hip labral tears, bursitis and strain of the hip muscles or tendons. Physical therapy intervention for hip pain includes focused stretches and exercises aimed at strengthening and stabilizing the hip musculature. Your physical therapist may advise treatments such as manual therapy, postural corrections, and patient education to address any underlying issues contributing to hip pain.
Hand and Wrist Pain
Hand and wrist pain can have various causes, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and tennis elbow. Physical therapy for hand and wrist pain involves exercises that aim to improve the strength and flexibility of the affected muscles and joints. Splinting and bracing may be used to protect the hand and wrist from further injury and improve function. Hand therapy may include activities like gripping, pinching, and manipulating objects to improve dexterity and range of motion. Physical therapists may also use ergonomic principles to educate patients on proper hand and wrist positioning and movement during daily activities.
Sports injuries can range from acute injuries, such as sprains and strains, to chronic conditions caused by overuse or repetitive motions. Physical therapy for sports injuries typically involves assessing the severity of the injury, creating a plan for rehabilitation, and implementing exercises and stretches to improve function and mobility. Depending on the injury, physical therapy may involve manual therapy techniques, such as massage or joint mobilization, to reduce pain and promote healing. Developing strength and flexibility through targeted exercises and stretches is a key component of physical therapy for sports injuries. Education and injury prevention strategies are also important elements of physical therapy for sports injuries. These may include information on proper form and technique, as well as training programs to prevent future injuries. Physical therapists work closely with athletes and other healthcare professionals, such as doctors and athletic trainers, to coordinate care and ensure optimal recovery.
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is the best immediate treatment for a sprained ankle, and physical therapy usually begins after this phase. Physical therapy for ankle sprains usually includes exercises to increase range of motion, strength, and stability. Balance and proprioception exercises, which help improve the body’s awareness of its position and movement, are important components of ankle sprain physical therapy. Manual therapy techniques, such as massage and joint mobilization, can be used to reduce pain and improve flexibility. Ankle braces or taping may be used to provide support and reduce the risk of re-injury. In severe cases or if conservative treatments do not work, surgery may be necessary. However, physical therapy is still an important part of rehabilitation after surgery.
The shoulder is a complex joint made up of the humerus, scapula, and clavicle bones, as well as various ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Common shoulder injuries include rotator cuff tears, labral tears, impingement syndrome, and dislocation. Physical therapy for shoulder injuries may involve exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles and improve range of motion. Patients may also be instructed to modify their posture and activity levels to avoid aggravating the injury. Overall, physical therapy for shoulder injuries aims to reduce pain, restore range of motion, and improve strength and stability of the shoulder joint.
Foot pain can be caused by a variety of issues, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures. Physical therapy for foot pain typically involves exercises and stretches to improve mobility and strength in the affected area. Shoe modifications and orthotics may also be recommended to provide additional support and cushioning. Rest and ice can be helpful in managing pain and inflammation. It’s important to address foot pain as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a chronic issue. A physical therapist can help determine the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Knee pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, and underlying conditions such as arthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, and IT band syndrome. A physical therapist will assess the knee and surrounding areas to determine the cause of the pain and develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment may include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. In some cases, bracing or taping may be recommended to provide support and stability to the knee. Following the physical therapist’s instructions and attending all scheduled appointments is important to ensure the best possible outcome.
The vestibular system is responsible for balance and spatial orientation, and vestibular issues can cause symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Physical therapy can be used to treat vestibular issues, with exercises designed to improve balance, vision, and proprioception. Depending on the individual’s symptoms and needs, vestibular rehabilitation may involve specific exercises such as gaze stabilization, balance training, or habituation exercises. A physical therapist will perform an assessment of the individual’s vestibular function, medical history, and physical capabilities to develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment may also include education about triggers to avoid, lifestyle modifications, and strategies for managing symptoms. Vestibular issues can be caused by a variety of factors, including head injury, inner ear infection, aging, or medication side effects.
Postoperative Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is often an important part of the rehabilitation process after orthopedic surgery, as it can help restore mobility, strength, and function to the affected area. The specific type and duration of physical therapy will depend on the type of surgery and the individual’s unique needs, but may include exercises to improve range of motion, strength training, and other techniques to improve overall physical function. Physical therapy can also help manage pain and inflammation during the recovery process, and may involve the use of modalities such as heat, ice, or electrical stimulation. In some cases, physical therapy may begin shortly after surgery, while in other cases it may be necessary to wait until the affected area has had time to heal. It is important to work closely with a qualified physical therapist to design an individualized rehabilitation plan and monitor progress throughout the recovery process.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can cause severe pain and discomfort in the jaw, making it difficult to eat, speak, and even sleep. While medication and surgery are common treatments, physical therapy has emerged as a highly effective alternative. By using various exercises and techniques, physical therapists can help patients alleviate pain, improve jaw mobility, and prevent future TMD flare-ups. If you’re suffering from TMD, consider working with our physical therapist to find long-lasting relief and a better quality of life.