At ITS, we provide all facets of your comprehensive treatment under one roof. This includes two types of physical therapy: passive physical therapy and active physical therapy.
Passive Physical Therapy Treatments
When the cause of your symptoms includes injuries to the muscles, ligaments and/or joints, we will administer a variety of physical therapy treatments. These are referred to as “passive” because these treatments are administered with minimal effort on your part; you can be either sitting or lying down during the treatment. Passive physical therapy treatments include:
- Traction (axial)
- Electric Muscle Stimulation
- Traction (intersegmental)
- Moist Heat
- Ice (cryotherapy)
Each of these therapies are unique and have different benefits. They are used at different phases of your treatment depending on what we need to accomplish at that particular time.
Because of this, physical therapy threatments change throughout your care as you progress and respond to treatment. At ITS we tailor each patient’s treatment to their personal needs to make sure they receive the best treatment possible.
Active Physical Therapy Treatments
Because our goal is to get you back to your normal life as quickly as possible, your treatment might include Active Physical Therapy or “rehab” (rehabilitation strengthening exercises). The purpose of rehab is to strengthen the muscles around your injuries, which helps support and stabilize the corrections that our doctors provide during other parts of your treatment. Once the muscles are strong enough to hold everything in place, we will happily discharge you and deem you healthy enough to resume your previous lifestyle without a need for ongoing treatment.
Your rehab will consist of professionally supervised exercises on specific medical exercise equipment. Before you begin the rehabilitation process, you will be evaluated medically to make sure that it is safe for you to exercise. If it is determined that it is safe, the next step is to evaluate you on each of our pieces of exercise equipment. This allows us to get an idea of your ideal starting point, and of what you can and can’t do without pain. While you might be uncomfortable because of your injuries, none of the exercises should hurt or cause you any pain. The key to painless treatment is communication: we want your feedback. We can’t fix or change your treatment if we don’t know there is an issue, and we rely on you to tell us.
Every few weeks you will be evaluated again to measure your progress and response to our treatment. Depending on your progress, changes may be made to make sure that we are making the progress that we expect towards our goal of making you self-sufficient and healthy enough to no longer require treatment.