PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
No matter the injury we perform thorough assessments to try and identify the cause of your symptoms. We value your input to make sure we are working towards your goals. Our treatment plans are individualized and evidence based, we avoid using generic routines. We find that symptoms are often the result of long-term changes which need to be addressed and corrected to help resolve symptoms. This means we may do things differently, but you should expect to feel better (not worse) after seeing us.
We can treat:
- Work Injuries
- Pre- or Post-surgical conditions
- Vertigo (BPPV)
- Strains and sprains
- Muscle spasms
- Low back pain with or without sciatica
- Neck pain and headaches
- Much more…
Some of the types of treatments we provide include:
At the heart of almost all treatments is exercise. This may not be your preferred treatment, but it should be the fundamental component to your recovery. Injuries contribute to muscle imbalances, dysfunction, weakness, stiffness and many other problems. So whether we incorporate stretching or strengthening, the goal is to restore muscle function and joint mobility to reduce pain and get you back to doing what you love.
Gym or Home Exercise Programs
While we like to think that we can help with just about anything, the truth is that we may not have enough time without your help. There are 168 hours in a week and we are typically only part of 2-3 hours. Some injuries develop over a long period of time and may require consistent effort to correct. This is why we provide guidance and recommendations for gym or home exercise programs. We need your help to accomplish your goals quickly. We try to limit what we ask you to do and it usually only takes 15-30 minutes a day. Your efforts often lead to a quicker recovery.
Looking to start training or playing a sport? We can perform sport specific assessments to identify potential weaknesses, muscle imbalances or poor techniques that may put you at greater risk for injury. If we are already too late and an injury has occurred, our treatments will focus on minimizing pain, correcting movements and techniques so you can get back to doing what you love. Whether its soccer, basketball, running, weightlifting or some other activity, we would love to help.
There are so many benefits to manual therapy, such as decreasing muscle tension, improving muscle length, increasing blood flow and helping to manage pain. We use manual therapy techniques frequently because sometimes the best approach is to just get into the injured area and work it out. We usually combine manual therapy with joint mobilizations to decrease stiffness and increase joint mobility. If you find these techniques beneficial, we can show you some of the best ways to self-mobilize your injured area.
There are a variety of types of tape. Regardless of the type we generally apply tape to aid with healing, encourage muscle activation, provide support and stability to muscles and joints, and reduce pain. We often use taping at the beginning of the recovery process as it can usually be worn for several days when muscles and joints could really use some support. Taping provides stability and reduces stresses without completely restricting motion, which means less stiffness. While taping isn’t for everyone or for every injury, it’s good to have as an available treatment option.
If you fall, get dizziness or vertigo, have vision or general balance problems then we may be able to help. The vestibular system is a complex interaction between your ears, eyes, brain and the nerves throughout your body that control the sensory information you use for balance. When one part of that system isn’t working together with the other parts there are usually problems. While this is a complex system, we try to assess which part isn’t working correctly and then design treatments that can either help correct it or help you adjust to it. Sometimes it is a simple fix and only takes 1-2 treatments, like when correcting vertigo, but other times correcting problems in a complex system takes time and may require long-term treatments.
Clear communication is important in your recovery. It’s important for you to understand your body, the injury and what it might take to recovery. We welcome your questions and do what we can to answer them. We’ll try to thoroughly explain your diagnosis and the recommended treatment plan. We’ll also discuss other relevant topics which may include postural education, body mechanics, exercise recommendations or nutrition.
Together we can ELEVATE YOUR POTENTIAL
7701 NE Highway 99, #109
Vancouver, WA 98665
Phone: (360) 605-0416
Fax: (360) 605-0417
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Elevate Physical Therapy
7701 NE Highway 99, #109
Vancouver, WA 98665
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