Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an incredible treatment option that can help individuals recover from an accident, surgery, an injury, or the symptoms of a disease or disorder. The physical therapists at AICA Orthopedics are professionally trained and licensed individuals who are passionate about helping people find relief, health, and healing. They provide non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free treatment that is personalized to each individual and their particular situation. If you need to strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility and range of motion, improve joint health, increase your balance and coordination, or generally improve your overall health, physical therapy at AICA Orthopedics is a great place to start.

When Do I Need Physical Therapy?

Everyone’s circumstances are different, but the majority of people we see at our Atlanta orthopedic clinics can all benefit a great deal from physical therapy. If you’ve been in an automobile accident, experienced a work injury, or sustained a sports injury, physical therapy can help speed up your healing time and help you regain mobility quickly. If you are dealing with general pain in your muscles, we can help you stretch and strengthen those muscles with physical therapy exercises so you can reduce your pain and live the best life possible. Additionally, if you’re having surgery soon or recently had surgery, we can help with the rehabilitation of joints, strengthening of repaired soft tissues, and so much more. Essentially, any injury you’ve experienced can be improved with physical therapy. Additionally, a number of diseases and disorders can affect your mobility and physical comfort, and physical therapy can help with that too. If you have multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cystic fibrosis, spinal cord injury, developmental delays (specific to children), or other related health issues, you could benefit a great deal from our physical therapy services at AICA Orthopedics. Here are the three common types of physical therapy that we offer.

Medical PT

This is the most general type of physical therapy that applies to most individuals needing PT services. If you don’t need surgery, didn’t have surgery recently, and are trying to avoid surgery, medical PT is the type of treatment for you.

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Pre-Surgical PT

If you’re preparing for surgery or are trying everything in your power to avoid surgery, pre-surgical PT is what you need. This can help in your pre-emptive preparation before surgery to increase joint mobility and muscle strength, and it will encourage cell growth to help speed up your healing after surgery.

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Post-Surgical PT

Once you’ve had surgery to repair a broken bone or an injured muscle, ligament, or tendon, you need post-surgical PT to regain strength, range of motion, and health in your previously injured area. Post-surgical physical therapy will improve circulation and help your body heal faster, while also increasing your mobility and minimizing your pain.

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Physical Therapists Utilize Diagnostics for Accurate Treatment

The traditional approach to physical therapy is a physical examination to determine where the injury is located and what type of treatment is required for healing. But sometimes, a physical examination simply isn’t enough. Without an inside look into the body, it is easy to misdiagnose and mistreat an injury. While physical therapists have used diagnostic tools for years to get a clearer picture of what type of injury they are dealing with, it used to be that patients would have to go off site to another location to get necessary testing. This often takes more time to get back the results and proceed forward with a treatment plan. But now, at AICA Orthopedics, physical therapists have direct access to a wide range of diagnostic tools onsite. They can use whatever means necessary to quickly and accurately diagnose the specific type of injury, guaranteeing that you receive the exact treatment plan you require to heal completely.

Diagnostic Tools

The most common types of diagnostic tools that physical therapists utilize are electromyography (EMG), Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), ultrasounds, vestibular testing for testing for vertigo symptoms or balance problems, MRIs, or CT scans. Each test is unique to the type of injury and can be used to provide a clear picture of the root problem to develop a better comprehensive treatment plan for each physical therapy patient the walks through the doors of AICA Orthopedics.

EMG/NCS Testing: The type of diagnostic testing looks at the Neuromuscular System. An EMG measures the electrical activity of the muscles during contraction and at rest. NCS testing looks at the health of the nerves overall. They both look for any type of nerve dysfunction that could cause nerve pain in the body.

MRI/Ultrasounds: These diagnostic tools produce pictures of the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons throughout the body so physical therapists at AICA Orthopedics can pinpoint the exact location of injury in the musculoskeletal system. These tools are more commonly used to diagnose sprains, tears, strains, or any other type of soft tissue injury to the body. These type of tests can also be used throughout the physical therapy process to not only diagnose the problem, but also track progress throughout treatment and monitor healing.

With the right type of testing available to you at AICA Orthopedics, you can be sure to receive an accurate diagnosis and necessary treatment for faster and more efficient healing.

Comprehensive Medical Care and Physical Therapy at AICA Orthopedics

Our specialists are passionate about providing the most complete and comprehensive care available to our patients. We seek to help you avoid surgery and find the most effective treatments possible to correct the root issue behind your pain and discomfort. Select the physical therapy topic that you want to learn more about from the menu option above or give us a call at AICA Orthopedics to schedule your physical therapy consultation.

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