PHYSICAL THERAPY

We provide services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by injury, pain, disease, disorders, aging, or environmental factors. We focus on restoring full, functional movement throughout the body, allowing normal motion and preventing strain on body structures.

The physical therapists at A Step Ahead Physical Therapy are experts in how the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems function. Our therapists have various specializations in joint mobilization, manual therapy, muscle re-education, therapeutic exercise, dry needling, reconditioning, and specific strengthening of weak muscles.

Ankle Pain: ankle pain is very common and can be very debilitating. This can lead to pain with walking, standing, jumping, and running. Symptoms of ankle sprains include pain, swelling, and bruising. Specific ankle injuries we treat include: sprains, arthritis, achilles tendonitis, achilles tendon ruptures, ankle fractures, and shin splints

Back Pain: Back pain is the most common reason that people seek care for physical therapy. We treat muscle spasms, stenosis, disc herniations, and radiating pain like sciatica and radiculopathy.

Chronic Pain: When pain goes on for >6 months without associated tissue damage, it may be considered chronic pain. This may be an issue with your central nervous system and it can be very debilitating. We treat individuals with all kinds of chronic pain issues including fibromyalgia.

Elbow Pain: A very common cause for elbow pain is overuse like with tennis, golf, and occupational stressors with carrying and lifting. We treat tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, ligament sprains, nerve entrapments, and fracture management. Another common cause of elbow and arm pain is actually neck or spinal related issues that we are able to evaluate and treat as well.

Foot Pain: Foot pain can be very debilitating and it affects your ability to do most daily activities. The specific foot issues we treat include arthritis, metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and muscle/tendon strains. Foot pain may also be due to the mechanics of the leg and trunk and therefore must be part of your assessment and treatment process.

General Weakness: As we age, there is an increased risk of deconditioning and generalized weakness especially for those that are not physically active. This can lead to falls and other medical issues which can be addressed with specific exercises and activities to improve your overall strength and endurance.

Hip Injuries: There is a wide range of hip injuries that are common in physical therapy including bursitis, muscle strains, IT band syndrome, and post fracture management.

Hand & Wrist injuries: We use our hands and wrists every day for most activities and pain in these areas can be very debilitating. The most common conditions in this area include sprains, strains, fractures, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.  Your hand or wrist pain may also be radiating from your neck and caused by a nerve root irritation which can be addressed with physical therapy.

Knee Injuries: Knee injuries can be successfully managed with physical therapy interventions targeting range of motion and strengthening to get you back to doing the things you love to do. Some of the specific knee conditions we treat are: arthritis, patellar tendonitis, meniscal/cartilage tears, ligament injuries (MCL, ACL, LCL, PCL), bursitis, and patellofemoral pain.

Post-Op Rehabilitation: We partner with your physician/surgeon to lead you on your path to recovery after total joint replacements, operations to stabilize fractures, and tendon/ligament repairs.

Shoulder pain: Since the shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body, it can be very unstable and the source of a lot of injuries. We commonly work with rotator cuff tears and tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, shoulder impingement and frozen shoulder.

Vertigo/Dizziness: There are many causes of vertigo and it can be a very debilitating issue. Some conditions that lead to feelings of dizziness include cervical spine dysfunction and positional vertigo ( BPPV) which can be treated effectively with physical therapy.

History of Loss of Balance & Falls: Each year, there are 3 million people that are treated in the emergency room due to injuries from a fall. There are many different reasons why people fall and we examine some of the most common factors that increase your risk of a fall and develop programs to help decrease the likelihood of another fall.

Osteoporosis/Osteopenia: Disorders of bone strength can increase the risk of a fall and other fractures but this can be lessened with a personalized strengthening program.

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