The “PROFESSIONAL” Difference
Our patients are scheduled for one hour with their physical therapist for every session. You will not find that anywhere else. We are skilled professional clinicians who will personally and efficiently guide you through every aspect of your care. This approach allows us to get to the source of your problem, limit unnecessary visits, expedite your recovery and allows you to be actively involved in the process. Although we may have seen your injury before in other patients, your goals are different than the last patient. We will treat you, not just your injury.
We are aware that other offices claim they provide one on one treatment, but they are still scheduling patients every 15-20 minutes. This means a limited time with the therapist and the rest of the time patients are with a technician or aide who is not licensed, nor has any formal physical therapy education. Even worse, you may be left alone to complete your exercises. This wastes time, money and prolongs discomfort. Unfortunately, this is all too common and patients feel that is how all physical therapy must be. YOU WILL NOT be treated that way at Professional Physical Therapy & Training.
Our clinicians have gone through specialized training in some of the most effective and cutting edge treatment techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, the Graston Technique and Intramuscular Dry Needling.
The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization which enables our 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. Following this technique, your therapist will provide you with stretching, strengthening or functional movement training to limit the fibrosis or adhesions from returning.
The procedure known as Dry Needling is an important tool for diagnosing, treating and monitoring changes in elusive painful conditions. Myofascial trigger points and tender points, which appear in soft tissue, are painful sites and reflect abnormal neuro-muscular activity, which are commonly associated with the painful conditions that are treated in our office. During this procedure a sterile, very thin solid filament needle is inserted into the tissue associated with one or a number of sources of pain. The manipulation of the trigger point breaks the pain cycle and movement restrictions are abated. Following this procedure, the therapist will then provide the patient with other exercises or stretching to prevent the trigger points and movement restrictions from reforming.
Board Certified Clinical Specialization
Every physical therapist is licensed, but only a select group continue on to become Board Certified Clinical Specialists. Our therapists have taken the additional steps necessary to become Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS). This means they have advanced clinical expertise, skill and experience unique to orthopedic physical therapy. Although there are many certifications out there, Board Certified Clinical Specialist is the only certification recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. There are only 170 Orthopedic Clinical Specialists in New Jersey, three of whom work for Professional Physical Therapy & Training.
Our physical therapists hold clinical doctorate degrees in physical therapy. Although this is becoming more common, our physical therapists have the experience to back up the degree. Our therapists have between five and fifteen years of experience treating patients. Additionally, they all actively participate in continuing education programs to further their expertise in patient care.
Today’s physical therapists are front line providers for evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Such injuries may occur from sports and recreational activities, overuse, or in some cases under use, and could lead to the impediment of functional mobility, physical fitness and wellness. New Jersey and forty six other states allow direct access for patients to physical therapy. Physical therapists are well-qualified, both through formal education and clinical training, to evaluate a patient’s condition, assess his or her physical therapy needs and, if appropriate, safely and effectively treat the patient. Physical therapists are also well-qualified to recognize when patients demonstrate conditions, signs and symptoms that should be evaluated by a physician or other health care professional before therapy is instituted.
Being located within the YMCA, we have access to facilities like no other physical therapy clinic. We can provide aquatic physical therapy for patients that cannot bear full weight on their legs or have issues with balance, walking or have arthritic pain. We are able to work with athletes on speed and agility in the large open space mulit-purpose rooms. We can specifically simulate sporting activities in the gym and in the basketball or racquetball courts. Throughout the course of your care, we aim to integrate you back into your activities pain free and performing even better than before.
Long term follow through
While under our care, we will instruct you on how to stay injury free for the long term. At times we may recommend well visits for patients to review and upgrade exercise programs to keep injuries from reoccurring or even prevent new ones from happening. Since working with you individually will give us an in depth knowledge about your particular goals, movement habits and conditions, we will easily be able to reprioritize and refocus your program even if it is months or years since your last visit. With our personal style of patient management, we are just a call or email away. If you happen to be a member of the YMCA, we will always be just up the stairs or down the hall from where you are working out if you have a question or need a quick review. We hope to earn your trust to become “your physical therapists” for whatever musculoskeletal or mobility problem that you may have now or in the future.